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ACL holds Labor to R18+ games election promise
· April 16, 2010 10:00 AM
Friday April 16, 2010
The Australian Christian Lobby has written to South Australian Premier Mike Rann over concerns his Government may be on the verge of breaking its first election commitment.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace has told Mr Rann he is concerned by media reports that new Attorney General John Rau may be about to drop the SA Government’s opposition to allowing violent interactive computer games in to Australia.
In response to a pre-election questionnaire sent to all Parties, SA State Secretary Michael Brown, responded on behalf of Labor saying: “The State Government has consistently opposed calls to introduce an R18+ classification for computer games due to the potential the harm that violent computer games can have on children.”
In his letter to Mr Brown, Mr Wallace says: “Any reasonable and fair-minded person is entitled to accept this response as meaning that the ALP, if re-elected, would continue its consistent opposition to the call to introduce an R18+ classification.”
However, Mr Rau has told the media “the response was given before the election and before he took over” and that he “has not yet made a decision on the issue”.
“The whole point of a pre-election questionnaire was to get a response before the election,” Mr Wallace said.
“If Labor was planning to change its policy, its response to our questionnaire was its opportunity.
“Instead it gave a response that could only lead fair-minded people to conclude that Labor was concerned by the impact of these games on children and that its opposition to lifting the ban would be maintained after the election.
“Any change would fuel the fire of public cynicism about politicians and their promises and this is not in the interests of a new Government or the people who elected it.
“We certainly hope this is some sort of mistake by Mr Rau and that the Government will urgently confirm its pre-election commitment,” Mr Wallace said.
The full question and full answer were posted on www.savotes.org and publicised widely to the Christian constituency before the election.
Media Contact – Lyle Shelton 0448 602 878
SA Government has given written commitment to oppose R18+ game classification
· March 26, 2010 11:00 AM
For release: March 26, 2010
Prior to the election the South Australian Labor Party gave a written commitment to oppose calls for an R18+ classification for computer games “due to the potential harm that violent computer games can have on children”, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today.
ACL SA/Victorian Director Rob Ward said that the commitment throws cold water on claims being made by proponents of an R18+ rating that former Attorney- General Michael Atkinson’s resignation will clear the way to give them what they want.
In a written response to an ACL questionnaire, which included a question on whether the party would “commit to influence the SCAG to maintain the status quo regarding computer game classification, where games rated beyond MA15+ are refused classification”, the South Australian Labor Party said:
“The State Government has consistently opposed calls to introduce an R18+ classification for computer games due to the potential harm that violent computer games can have on children. The South Australian Attorney-General has consistently put the argument against this move and continues to be attacked by groups supporting the creation of the new classification.”
“It is important to note that this written commitment to oppose an R18+ rating for computer games was given only a few weeks ago on behalf of the SA Labor Party, not just on behalf of Michael Atkinson. As such it would be a clear breach of trust for the SA Government to change its position on this issue and we have received no indication that they are planning to do so – only third party accounts
from the gamers’ party,” Mr Ward said.
“Through his vocal opposition to an R18+ game rating, Mr Atkinson made a valuable contribution to the previous government and to upholding the best interests of children. We now look to his successor to continue that role.”
Mr Ward said that the introduction of an R18+ rating would allow excessively violent and sexual games to go on sale in Australia – games that would inevitably end up being played by children.
“Given the clear links between violent video games and aggression, there is no justifiable reason to allow these games into Australia, and we welcome the SA Government’s stance on this issue,” he said.
“Proponents of an R18+ rating try to make the claim that this would assist children but that is obviously not the case. If any games are currently being wrongly allowed into Australia under an MA15+ rating then the answer is to tighten up classification procedures – not to allow even worse games in.”
Media Contact: Rob Ward on 0408 348 352 or Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979.
R18+ games simulate and fuel violence
· December 15, 2009 11:00 AM
For release: December 15, 2009
Any moves to introduce an R18+ classification for computer games would be harmful for children and should be strongly rejected, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today.
Commenting on the Federal Government’s release of a discussion paper on the topic, ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said it is difficult to understand how anyone could seriously advocate for excessively violent and sexual games to go on sale in Australia, at a time when newspapers are full of reports about too much violence in the community, particularly among young people.
“The introduction of such games into Australia would inevitably lead to some children playing and being influenced by these games - to the detriment of both their development and the wider society,” Mr Wallace said.
“The potential for violent interactive games to cause harm has only increased in recent years, as these games have become even more sophisticated and interactive,” he said.
“If any changes are to be made to the classification system it should only be to tighten up the MA15+ rating to ensure that games aren’t wrongly getting through in this category.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979.
Parties respond to Christian concerns
· August 05, 2008 10:00 AM
For Release: August 6, 2008
The Northern Territory ALP is concerned about legalising R18+ computer games, wants parliament to retain primacy as the voice of the people, and is committed to assessing and expanding the Health and Welfare grant program, according to its answers to a questionnaire released today.
The Country Liberal Party will support moves to tighten ‘artistic merit’ loopholes in Australia’s classification system to protect children, is not philosophically attracted to a bill of rights, and plans to increase funding over time to NT welfare organisations on a case for case basis, according to its responses.
The Australian Christian Lobby’s NT office has put six questions on key issues of concern to Christians to each of the three NT political parties contesting the upcoming election on August 9, as well as to as many Independents who could be contacted in the time available. The questions cover euthanasia, social services, a bill of rights, classification issues, indigenous wellbeing, and the Kaden bill.
Responses from the ALP, the CLP and several Independents have been posted on a section of the ACL website entitled ‘Northern Territory Votes: Want to know what the parties think?’ available by clicking here or going to
. The Australian Greens have not yet responded to the questionnaire but their responses will be added if they choose to do so.
ACL NT Director Lois Fong said that the aim of the questionnaire is to assist Christians to make a wise and informed vote at the upcoming election after accurately weighing up the different party policies on issues of concern to them.
“We welcome the ALP’s commitment to reducing the number of X-rated vendors in the Territory – with pornographic material linked in the ‘Little Children are Sacred’ report to the horrifying abuse of children. We also welcome the CLP’s commitment to tightening the classification system’s ‘artistic merit’ loopholes, which have contributed to the exploitation of children,” Mrs Fong said.
“In responding to the questionnaire, the ALP, CLP and several independents have been able to clearly state their policies on issues which sometimes fall below the radar of the mainstream election coverage. We have notified most NT churches and local ACL supporters about the questionnaire responses and hope it will provide them with useful information in considering their vote on election day.”
Last night the ACL hosted a ‘Make it Count NT’ event at Charles Darwin University which saw around 200 Christians from 15 denominations gather to hear from and question Chief Minister Paul Henderson and Opposition Leader Terry Mills. The event was also webcast to a cross-section of Christians meeting at Alice Springs. Mrs Fong said the event provided a wonderful opportunity for the local Christian community to gather together and make known their concerns, just a short time out from the election. It highlighted the strength of the Christian community and
encouraged the two main political leaders to go “on the record” with their stances on issues ranging from euthanasia, education and health to indigenous issues, crime and homelessness.
Media Contact: Lois Fong 0417 200 464 or Glynis Quinlan 0408 875 979
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