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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    New classification for computer games

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Friday, February 15, 2013

    New classification for computer games

    Computer gamers will be required to provide proof of age when purchasing newly-classified R18+ products after legislation was passed in Parliament today.

    Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the introduction of the R18+ classification in Queensland would prevent underage gamers from being exposed to inappropriate material.

    “The introduction of this classification should be welcome news for parents, who will now have more control over the games their children are playing,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “I encourage parents to be guided by these classifications, as I’m sure many are unaware of the levels of violence and adult material contained in some computer games.

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

    “At the Standing Council of Attorney’s General last year, it was decided to adopt a national approach for computer game classification.

    “By coming into line with the rest of the country, we can prevent the games from being bought interstate and sold illegally in Queensland.”

    The legislation will be enforced upon assent from the Governor.

    [ENDS] 14 February 2013

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