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Monthly newsletter - October 2013
· October 20, 2013 11:00 AM
The ACL's monthly newsletter, which includes a column from ACL's Managing Director Lyle Shelton, is out now. This month's newsletter includes stories on Tasmania's euthanasia bill, same-sex marriage in the ACT, post-federal election polling, and classification rules for video games. Click
to read the October newsletter.
MR: ACL concerned new classification rules for video games not being applied
· September 23, 2013 10:00 AM
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.
In the media - a wrap up of the last week's commentary
· January 23, 2013 11:00 AM
In the last week, the ACL has been quoted in the media on issues such as video games classification, and proposed new anti-discrimination legislation. See below for links to mentions in the media.
On video games classification:
Meld Magazine -
Adult-rated games now legally available in Australia
On anti-discrimination legislation:
The Age & Sydney Morning Herald -
Review 'missed opportunity' to separate church and state
ABC News (The World Today), Interview with Jim Wallace -
Christian leader says discrimination exemptions will stay
MR: ACL says reports of support for the R18+ classification for games validates its concerns
· January 02, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today said the comments by Mr Ron Curry, chief executive officer of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (iGEA), illustrates just how poor the decision was by the Government to make a change to allow an R18+ classification for computer games in late 2012.
Managing Director of the ACL, Mr Jim Wallace, said that Mr Curry’s statement that the new category “was an acknowledgment that there should be content for the adults who play games” highlights the profit-making motive clouding the issue.
“Mr Curry is the chief executive officer of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association that represents the interests of its member companies in the computer and video games industry. Members include Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, and Warner Brothers who clearly will make significant profits from this new classification category, and it is these profit-making interests that Mr Curry represents,” Mr Wallace said.
“What we now have is the same level of ‘high impact’ violence and sexually explicit material in films transferred to games. The highly repetitive and interactive nature of games means that the effect of this material will be even greater on those who play these games.” Mr Wallace continued, “the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Paediatrics have both warned that violent video games are causally related to later aggressive behavior in children and adolescents.”
“Notwithstanding the R18+ classification, like the MA15+ games it will only be a matter of time before these games also make their way into the hands of children,” Mr Wallace said.
ACL's Dan Flynn's radio debate on new R18+ Video Games category commencing 1 January 2013
· November 22, 2012 11:00 AM
This week SYN FM broadcast a spirited
between Victorian Director Dan Flynn and Tim Colwill, founder of R18+ Games Australia, concerning video game violence and its effect on children.
Federal Government legislation has created a new category of R18+ Video games that will commence on 1 January 2013. State Governments are enacting enforcement legislation to reflect the change.
The levels of sex and violence standards contained in the new R18+ category have been set by
determined by all State Attorneys- General.
ACL has consistently argued that its tentative support for the creation of the new R18+ category was on the basis that games currently inappropriately rated MA15+ be moved into the higher classification to send a clear message to parents and children that these games were extremely unsuitable for children.
New South Wales MP Greg Donnelly has
that after the introduction of the new rating, steps will be taken to reclassify at least 50 games currently rated MA15+ to R18+,where those games were previously shoehorned into the MA15+ category
It is of the utmost importance that material that is currently
refused classification (RC)
retain that classification. It appears, from comments by Tim Colwill in this debate, that he agrees.
Ros Phillips on The Political Spot
· September 18, 2012 10:00 AM
Ros Phillips is the National Research Officer of FamilyVoice Australia. She spoke with the ACL's Ben Williams about the release of the new Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games, which for the first time include an R18+ restricted classification category for games.
ACL submission to the AGs Department on R18+ games
· February 27, 2010 11:00 AM
to read ACL's submission to the Federal Attorney-General's Department on R18+ games.
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