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R18+ Classification For Video Games in Australia

The Commonwealth Government has finally released its discussion paper which briefly summarises the key arguments for and against an R 18+ classification for computer games. Censorship Ministers in Australia have considered the issue of an adult classification for computer games on several occasions. However, they have not undertaken public consultation on this issue.

Submissions are being sought on whether the Australian National Classification Scheme should include an R 18+ classification category for computer games. Submissions can be made by downloading and completing the submission template. Submissions may also be mailed or faxed. The discussion paper and submission template contain the contact details for making a submission.

Submissions are invited by close of business 28 February 2010. Submissions received after the due date may not be considered.

The average age of video gamers in Australia is 30 years old and should have the right to view and use video games which depict sex and violence if they choose, as the exact same classification exists for film and television…it doesn’t seem right to not have one for games. It’s great the Australian government is interested in hearing from the public about this issue and hopefully its a great first step in bringing Australia’s aged classification legislation into the present (instead of living in the 60s).

For more information, please visit the Australian attorney general’s site for an R18+ game classification.

Barack Obama 44th President of the United States

January 20th, 2009 saw the first African American elected president and quite possibly the youngest president ever to take office. obama I am excited to see Obama as the new president, its a welcome change from the bush era and I am looking forward to what he brings to the world.

He has quite a different attitude toward many aspects of world politics such as the war in Iraq, the economy, education and health. He has a ‘think different’ mentality and I hope his new ideas and new vision for the future is enough to change the world for the better.

So as I was saying, his inauguration was just 2 days ago on Jan 20th. His speech was uplifting, visionary and (I, not being an American citizen) still makes feel like the changes he wants to make will somehow still affect my life living in Australia.

“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.” – source: NYTimes

He at least takes responsibility for the past, and recognises that there is work to be done instead of just sweeping it under the rug as some (unnamed) presidents have done in the past. I like this guy already!

American politics and the US itself is quite a force in the world even if the rest of us like it or not, and Obama knows this, but I get the feeling from him (different from past presidents) that although he has the best wishes of the American people at heart, he has a worldly vision and is mindful that whatever he does will affect the rest of the world and that’s what I like about him. I don’t get the feeling that he is stuck up or self centered and he certainly doesn’t think that American’s are the only people who live on this planet.

Personally I can’t wait to see what he does with his time as president and how the world will benefit with a stronger leader.