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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Computer games to have R18+ rating

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Thursday, November 01, 2012

    Computer games to have R18+ rating

    Parents will have more control over the computer games available to their children under the proposed introduction of an R18+ classification in Queensland.

    Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the amendments to the Classification of Computer Games and Images Act 1995, introduced in parliament last night, would ensure the sale of the games was regulated and would remove them from the black market.

    “We have not had an R18+ rating for computer games previously and these amendments will mirror the current classification system for films,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “By introducing the rating and legalising the sale of these products, we can ensure material is not being sold illegally on the black market and there is a control mechanism in place.

    “Some material in these games is certainly not appropriate for children, so this new structure will be a good guide for parents and retailers as to what is appropriate.

    “Those purchasing the products will be required to present proof of age to ensure only those over the legal age can access the games.

    “This system has worked with films for a long time and it makes sense for computer games to be treated the same.”

    Mr Bleijie said the amendments would bring Queensland in line with the rest of the country after a decision was made during the Standing Council of Attorneys-General last year.

    “As part of the council’s censorship meetings, the attorneys-general agreed to introduce an R18+ classification and implement a national approach to computer game classification,” he said.

    “The other states and territories have made these amendments and by following suit, we can prevent the games being purchased interstate and brought back so they can be sold illegally."

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