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Bill Introduced To Ban Sale of MA15+ Games To Anyone Under 18 in SA 161

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dotarray writes "The introduction of an R18+ rating for video games into Australia has been designed to bring game classification in line with the current system in place for films and other media. One state, however, would like to widen that gap." This is being billed (by John Rau's office) as a saner approach than eliminating the MA15+ rating entirely.
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Bill Introduced To Ban Sale of MA15+ Games To Anyone Under 18 in SA

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 03, 2012 @12:38AM (#39556741)

    It's harder than that. It depends on where you are and what risks you want to take.

    For example here in WA since we don't have and R18 rating for games, the games are refused classification. Simple possession of RC material is a criminal offense with maximum penalties including jail time, yes even for something like the last mortal kombat game.

    It's thornier for movies such pornography though, for example anything with actual penetration is X18, but that classification only exists in Canberra. So its legal to walk into an adult shop and purchase a video there, you are allowed to own in in most states, but drive across the border to WA or NT and you can end up in jail.

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