Monday 23rd September 2013

The Australian Christian Lobby is concerned at reports that new classification rules for video games are not being applied.

ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton said reports from South Australian Attorney-General Jay Rau that 13 games released in Australia this year had been given a MA15+ rating when they had higher age classification ratings overseas would be concerning to parents.

“We support the Minister’s call for the new federal Attorney-General George Brandis to review the way the Australian Classification Board is assessing video games,” he said.

“Parents must have confidence in the system to be able to meet community expectations and standards,” Mr Shelton said.

ACL supported the introduction of R18+ classification this year on the basis that it would allow misclassified games from MA15+ to be put out of reach of children. However, it appears that these changes haven’t been followed through.