Back in 2011, the Australian government had revealed that discussions were taking place in establishing a new R18+ classification category for video games. Now, it seems that they are finally ready to vote on the issue that can make mature games finally legal to purchase within the land down under.
The bill will be decided upon during the first congressional meeting of the new year. If it passes the lower house, then it will be moved into the Senate, where the final decision will be made, hopefully signing it into law. The bill has already seen approval by state governments, and even among a number of people in the Senate itself, so things are looking good so far.
Debate on the bill was recently delayed when cabinet positions ended up being switched around. Brendan O'Conner, originally the Federal Minister for Home Affairs, and one of the most vocal supporters of the bill, ended up being moved to his current position as the minister for Human Services. Other things that have prevented the bill getting a speedy vote was attorney general Greg Smith, who refused to give approval until the classification review was finished.
As you may or may not know, Australia is one of the few countries, if not the only country, that lacks a proper 18+ category for more violent video game titles, instead going up to a MA15+ rating. If this piece of legislation does get approved, this means that titles that were originally banned in the country, such as Mortal Kombat 9, will finally be legal to sell within the country. Titles that were edited for violent content, such as Left 4 Dead 2 and The Witcher 2, may also see a release of unedited versions should the bill passes.
Just wait a little bit longer, Aussie gamers. Hopefully you'll all be able to game on the same level as the rest of the world, without needing to worry about silly restrictions and excessive censorship.