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Australia Planning to Censor Smartphone Software

Australia Planning to Censor Smartphone Software

Added: Thursday, August 26th, 2010
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Australia lacks an 18+ rating for video games, meaning that MA 15+ has to be considered by the game developers as the highest classification they can rely on. Thus they are limited to the creation of games suitable for 15-year-olds at best. Besides, the fee to have game reviewed by the Aussie’s Classification board ranges from $500 to $2000, becoming a tough call for those developers who aren’t sure about the quantity of the copies they will manage to sell. All this made a number of game developers to announce that they would likely stop selling game software in Australia rather than comply with the rules.


The recent time seems to be busy for the Australian government, as it kept attempting to tame the web despite the apparent inability to do so. Quite a strange effort for a country that prides itself on keeping up with the traditional freedom of speech and thought.

As if the recent plans to impose mandatory ISP filtering of the Internet wasn’t enough, the government now turns to planning smartphone software censorship. The move they want to make is request for developers to first submit their game software to the Australian Classification Board to get approval, and only after that to sell them to consumers.

The first problem anyone related would face is the lack of an R 18+ classification for video games in the country. Since the highest rating is MA 15+, the conclusion can be drawn that all smartphone games are to be developed for 15-year-olds at best. The second trouble is cost, as the game developers will now have to pay a fee up to $2000 for getting their software classified by the government. For the designers looking for profit it’s quite a hefty investment, especially if combined with the other costs related to actually creating the software in the first place.

This issue was tabled at a latest meeting of the Home Affairs Minister and state Attorneys-Generals, postponed 3 weeks ago because of the election, but it was considered out of session until November. Brendan O’Connor, the Minister of Home Affairs, admitted that he was concerned about the methods of classification of mobile games and was planning to address this matter with his counterparts.

iPhone applications developers were the first to say they just won’t bother releasing the games in Australia if they had to pass that timely and expensive process, and apparently they won’t be alone.

August 26th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2010-08-26 22:51:31)
D4T4 avatarFor a country that was once the greatest prison in the world they don't seem to have advanced very far. Give it back to the aborigines and let them have another shot at it, after all they did no harm when they had it last time. Grab a dongle, 6 pack tinnies and something mind bending, then go walkabouts with your lappy. Sounds like a fine life to me.

posted by Blocked (2010-08-27 01:02:26)
menahunie avatarWhat the heck is going on dow2n in Oz???
Is the regular joe's full of fosters to even know what is going on without a peep?
Or when it gets so bad are they going "DunDee" on them?

posted by (2010-08-27 02:57:22)
Naxan avatarMy wife is Australian so needless to say, we have spent an awful lot of time down there. The problem with Australia is that the country doesn't have an external law by which the government is bound (ie. The Constitution). They try to protect these same basic tenants we have in America such as freedom of speech and expression, however those freedoms are granted by the government, not from a power higher than the government. As such, the government can just as easily take them away if they feel like it or if they deem it to be for the good of society.

posted by (2010-08-27 04:03:28)
cobrin avatarRoll on for a Republic....

Cut the ties to the British and Rule our own.

posted by (2010-08-27 07:53:52)
SlurmMeister avatarOK let's set some things straight.
We DO have a Constitution.
We DON'T drink Foster's. Or not much anyway. We export that crap.
But our Government still thinks it's the Dark Ages and refuses to accept most gamers are over 18 years old. Not kids.

posted by (2010-08-27 08:02:16)
phoenixcm avatarHey Naxan, The Aussie Constitution exists and has since 1901. The trouble lies in the fact that nobody knows about it. We're not taught about it in school like our US counterparts and it gets reshuffled everytime somebody wants to take a shit. Like the US, if the Government wants to pass a law or change policy then it must pass through the two parliamentary houses, either of which can veto bullshit like this. However, just like every other nation in the world, the easiest way to get crap like this passed is in secret closed sessions, where votes are bought or bartered. It wouldn't probably shock anyone if I say this is the first time I've heard of Smartphone censorship, and I live in Oz. There is a fog-of-war thing happening with the media and the Australian government ( whoever that is, as we're still in limbo ) and a lot of these goings on I learn about here from Sam. Onya mate. The government is terrified about the Digital Age where media is spread as it happens, or in the case of " Vampire's Suck", before it happens. That is why they're so into the censorship of the www and why we're still stuck in stone-age broadband hell. But one thing our constitution does endower every Australian with is the right to legally challenge any law or policy that we may find unjust, and it happens every single day. There is still enough rebellious convict left in Aussies to keep the bastards who rule us honest.

posted by Blocked (2010-08-27 13:54:04)
menahunie avatarSlurmiester -= You too serious.. YES I KNOW ALL ABOUT FOSTERS; like piss in a can with bubbles..
fosters is awful and it is NOT the only aussie beer.

best aussie beer on tap i reckon is XXXX gold. but in bottle go for crown lager. top stuff.

avoid tooheys if u can. but once again its ok on tap.

also stay clear from melbourne bitter and victoria bitter. theyre awful in anyform and bogans drink that stuff.
Am I clear now?
The joe full of foster s was a point..

posted by (2010-08-27 15:00:49)
easy66 avatarAbout time the UN invaded our country to free us from this bunch of tyranical fanatics on Par with the talibans ban on public radio etc. HELP US PLEASE OBAMA!!!!!!

posted by Turtle (2010-08-27 19:54:21)
D4T4 avatar@easy66. The UN is the last thing you need, believe me I was a part of it. Just educate our Aussie cousins and let them kick up a stink, if there's one positive thing you can say about Oz it's that they don't take crap lying down. Go get'em Skippy. PS your beer tastes just fine.

posted by (2010-08-28 14:42:05)
No avatarwell i'm an aussie and i'm afraid that over the last 15yrs the governments are turning the country into dictatorship by passing news laws at 3 am in the morning so the public are unaware they make new laws dictating what you can do in your our car and then they tell you that they will increase the tabacco tax so it will help the hospitals un fortunately the hospitals will be lucky if they get 10% of the taxes.the trouble with australia is that we are over govern so it's about time we got rid of 75% of the idiots in government so we can go back to a normal way of life with freedom of speech and the government asking the people about new laws instead of dictating to us.

posted by Blocked (2010-08-28 18:58:00)
No avatarI'm well sorry to hear about your troubles in Aussieland re dictatorship by politically 'correct' very ignorant gnomes! In blightie, we've just kicked some fascist commie b*****ds to touch who were operating under the name of 'Labour'!

I'm very sad indeed when I hear of steps happening in civilised coutries that you would normally expect of the worst kind of dictators.

We live in times where by not doing anything wrong we are labelled as criminals and subject to God knows what penalties and punishments for not acting politically 'correctly' . . .

It's the RANK BRUTES who dish out this sort of treatment to us who are REALLY to BLAME!

By the way the best lager is made in Austria, Spain and Australia, the worst in Germany and the UK!

I just hope that at some stage the world rights itself and we get rid of all these dictatorial twa*s!

posted by (2010-08-28 18:59:47)
kottonface avatarShame on you Australia.

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