ACL’s Chief-of-Staff Lyle Shelton has today addressed some of the concerns with the new draft video games classification guidelines, released by Home Minister Brendan O’Connor this week.

In a piece published by Online Opinion, he called for the Gillard Government to stand up against a gaming industry motivated by profits:

The Gillard Government is doing a great job standing up to the interest of ‘Big Tobacco’ in the fight for plain packaging and against powerful poker machine interests in the quest for gambling reform.

It should take a similar stand on behalf of children and parents against the lucrative computer game industry.

He said that “O’Conner’s guidelines are out of step with community concern on classification and he should at least wait until the ALRC hands down its recommendations for fixing the system”.

Read Lyle’s full article here.