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Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R 18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012

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2010 - 2011 - 2012

 

 

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

CLASSIFICATION (PUBLICATIONS, FILMS AND COMPUTER GAMES) AMENDMENT (R18+ COMPUTER GAMES) BILL 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECTION TO THE

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of the Minister for Justice, 

the Hon Jason Clare MP)



 

 

STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

 

Overview of the Bill

 

Omit ‘The general purpose of the Bill is to create an R 18+ category for computer games.’ Substitute ‘Currently, computer games must be categorised in the following ratings - G (General), PG (Parental Guidance), M (Mature), MA 15+ (Mature Accompanied) and RC (Refused Classification).  This Bill will create an R18+ adult category for computer games.  The creation of the new category will align the computer game classification category with the film classification category in respect to R18+.

 

Human rights implications

 

Omit ‘This Bill does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms’.

Substitute ‘[sub head] Freedom of Expression [new paragraph] This Bill engages the right to freedom of expression in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which encompasses the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas.  The right to freedom of expression extends to any medium, including written and oral communications, the media, public protest, broadcasting, artistic works and commercial advertising.

 

The right to freedom of expression carries with it special responsibilities, and may be restricted on several grounds including the classification of material where this is necessary on a limited number of grounds including where this is necessary to protect public health and morals, or the rights of others, including protecting children and young people against the harm caused by age-inappropriate material.’

 

 

Conclusion

Omit ‘...as it does not raise any human rights issues.’

Substitute ‘because it advances the protection of human rights and to the extent that it may also limit human rights, those limitations are reasonable and proportionate.