It’s not surprising that Jim Wallace would write a fatuously empty article attacking an R18+ rating for videogames (after all, if Jim Wallace doesn’t have any interest in something, it doesn’t deserve to exist). It’s not surprising that such an article would be a mess of contradictions – a call for government to protect kids with a rating system he says doesn’t work; a call to keep kids safe from adult material by treating them the same as adults. (The very same situation the R18 rating would finally change.) Nor is it surprising that News Ltd’s “Punch” would publish said article and decline to advise readers alongside it that Jim Wallace is writing as head of the social conservative “Australian Christian Lobby” group.
What was surprising to me was to click on his Punch bio and learn the following:
Jim has also been a sought after commentator on Defence and security issues having left the Army as a Brigadier in late 2000 after a 32 year career which included command of the SAS Regt, Special Forces and the Army’s mechanised Brigade of three thousand personnel and most of the Army’s fighting vehicles. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, the British Army Staff College and the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies.
Jim served with the UN in the Middle East in Lebanon and Syria. In 1984 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to counter-terrorism.
Jim “violent videogames are coming for your children” Wallace was a long-term member of the military, and is still involved.
Adults with actual guns? Not a threat to your children. Adults with games that have guns in them? Devastating.
ELSEWHERE: Ministers wuss out and, despite an enormous 98% of responses to their inquiry supporting an R18 rating, claim “more work” is needed:
Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor says about 98 per cent of submissions supported an R-18+ classification for games. But he said the ministers needed to consider more than just the weight of numbers.
“It is also the strength of the arguments on each side,” he said. “That is why ministers today agreed that further work needs to be done before a decision can be made. Censorship ministers have not yet made a decision on whether or not an R-18+ classification for computer games should be introduced and have requested further analysis of community and expert views.”
What “further work”? What “further analysis”? By whom? Does the ACL need another shot at whipping its supporters up into a hysterical frenzy, since they failed to heed the call last time?
Just how long do these bozos think they can get away with putting this off?
UPDATE #2: Support for R18 from an unlikely source – Catholic bishops – on the grounds that the rating will help protect children.
Still, I’m not sure that the endorsement of the Roman Catholic church is something anyone’s particularly seeking at the moment…