Western Australian Committee recommends banning R18+ games or punishing those who supply them to minors

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By on June 30, 2014 at 11:07 am

The Western Australian Joint Standing Committee on the Commissioner for Children and Young People (aka the JSCCCYP, pronounced as written) has released The Commissioner for Children and Young People’s 2013 report on the Sexualisation of Children, proposing a variety of initiatives for action and research into the further protection of children in our western-most state. And along with additional parental education, regulation of child beauty pageants and better education for children, the committee believes Western Australia should ban R18+ video games.

Yes, proposal 5 in JSCCCYP’s report comes in two flavours, and flavour one is a comprehensive prohibition on the sale, supply, demonstration, possession or advertisement of an R18+ ‘computer game’ in Western Australia. Flavour two, the flavour some prefer not to mention, is significantly more sane – make it an offense for any person to supply an R18+ game to a minor. Likewise with R18+ films and Category 1 Restricted publications (aka dirty magazines). The JSCCCYP have submitted the report to Western Australian Attorney General Michael Mischin, who will report the findings to parliament.

While my eyes threaten to roll out of my head at the first suggestion – which is actually stricter than WA law used to be regarding unclassified video games – the second suggestion doesn’t seem like a particularly bad idea to me, in fact it’s a bit odd to me that there wasn’t some sort of regulation for mature content in the first place. If you’re interested in learning more about the JSCCCYP’s findings, you can read the full report via the official site.

But be warned – when the dark goddess Jscccyp of the Eternal Scream enters our world through the fragments of nightmares, she will wake her dreaming brother and together they will remake the world in madness.

Source: Thanks PalZer0

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Seriously? What was the point of putting in the years of effort to get the R18+ rating then? I will remind interested parties for the bajillionth time that the National Classification Code states in its opening principles that, “adults should be able to read, hear and see what they want”. I think most Australian adults feel the same way, which is why so many of them went out of their way to acquire international copies of games that were censored in Australia. Banning the sale and possession of R18+ games is, to put it mildly, fucking lunacy.

 

Here we go…

 

/rolls eyes.

I’m not too worried. It’s only a proposal and our Attorney General does not come across as some right wing religious crusader. He’s certainly no Michael Atkinson.

Mind you all my purchases are digital downloads anyway so there’s no way a ban can be implemented anyway :)

But yeh shops who sell R18 games to minors should get their arse handed to them.

 

Well … banning games is a good way to increase piracy… Doesn’t really affect me though all my games are U.S versions by default /shrug.

 

I might have a read of that wee document, before I make any comments.

 

“The Commissioner’s literature review made the point that ‘while these may be the possible impacts of sexualised imagery of children and related marketing practices addressed to children, to date there is little substantive or empirical evidence to support these claims.’20
The Committee acknowledges this point, but agrees with the Commissioner when she concludes that ‘although there is not yet any direct evidence that sexualised media and advertising is harmful to the wellbeing of children and young people, the potential risks to healthy childhood development should not be ignored.”

This part is interesting. So despite the fact there is no evidence that sexualised imagery affects our children they’re going on any “potential risk” that may or may not exist. I find that interesting.

 

Having read the report my gripe is that the proposal appears to be based on two things:

1. The Commissioner for Children was originally opposed to the R18 classification for games in the first place.
2. The one statement of “Given the interactive nature if computer games there is an argumeny that a higher threshold should apply than currently applies to R18+ films.”

No evidence, no research. Just a subjective opinion being presented as a proposal. I’m half tempted to write to the AG.

 

ralphwiggum,

Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m picking up too while reading it. I’m just not as fast as you :P

Some of it I agree with though, there are some areas that need looking into, just their recommendations are just massive overkill.

 

kinkykel,

Lol, I’m just skipping to the part regarding computer games :)

 

Fair enough :) I’m reading the lot, just for funsies, work is slow today.

 

ralphwiggum:
/rolls eyes.

I’m not too worried. It’s only a proposal and our Attorney General does not come across as some right wing religious crusader. He’s certainly no Michael Atkinson.

Mind you all my purchases are digital downloads anyway so there’s no way a ban can be implemented anyway :)

But yeh shops who sell R18 games to minors should get their arse handed to them.

Perhaps parents should take more of an interest in the games they are buying for their kids. Most parents buy anything their kids ask for regardless of rating. I have seen staff at stores make efforts they really don’t have to make to explain to a parent that a game might not be suitable for their 8 year old.

As a related point – if you have ever played any console games with voice comms turned on the stuff that happens there is far worse than any R18+ game.

 

jimmah,

Yeah giving the game companies the power to actually say “No I’m not selling you that for your child because we’ll get into trouble” is all that is necessary.

 

jimmah,

Exactly. How about penalties apply to parents who buy their kids an R18 game?

 

If I was working on a “report on the Sexualisation of Children” I’d focus my efforts on educating young people on responsible social media usage, not banning media intended for adults.

I think these guys are either using the ask-for-something-extreme,-expecting-to-”settle”-on-something-moderate strategy or they’re still under the gerontocratic only-children-and-the-immatured-play-”computer games” delusion.

 

I may be out of the loop here but isn’t there already strict laws regarding selling any R18+ content to minors?

 

The second suggestion is fine. It should be illegal to supply R18 content to minors, just as it is illegal to supply any other adults only product to minors. Alcohol for example.

The first suggestion? Will literally renounce my citizenship and skip the country if that passes.

 

jme:
If I was working on a “report on the Sexualisation of Children” I’d focus my efforts on educating young people on responsible social media usage, not banning media intended for adults.

Haha, exactly. Games are bad though, man.

 

matty: make it an offense for any person to supply an R18+ game to a minor

Not sure on the exact wording of the R18+ game purchasing laws, but that was the whole reason why so many people pushed for them. Previously, games that were questionable for a 15+ yo were getting through, while other games which would have been fine for 18+ got banned because rating committee only had up to M15+ rating available. The point of having a R18+ rating available was so any game deemed suitable only for 18+ audience could not be purchased by anyone under that age (aka, minors). The first of the two proposals comes back to the nanny-state mentality, ie, if a computer game is not suitable for children, then it isn’t suitable for anyone. It would remove an adult’s prerogative and responsibility to make (informed) decisions of their own.

As mentioned in the article, hopefully sanity will prevail and WA will go option 2; as this is the sensible way to go, you sell R18+ material, regardless if it be magazine, video, computer game or anything “adult” to a minor, it’s a punishable offense (fines/custodial sentence depending upon severity etc).

 
James Pinnell

Yes, proposal 5 in JSCCCYP’s report comes in two flavours, and flavour one is a comprehensive [b]demonisation[/b] of an R18+ ‘computer game’ in Western Australia.

Fixed it for you Liam.

 

More idiots with a desire for their agenda’s to be written into a pointless impossible to police policy…

Not even worth the waste of time reading it…

 
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