The rally went well. Thank you to all those who attended.
A rally will be held in Brisbane on the 5th of December 2009 at 11am. The aim of this rally is to educate our gaming bretheren that do not track the R18+ debate via the internet, as well as the public at large.
To that end, I will be giving a speech at this event. This will cover why we don’t have a consistent rating scheme; the kind of artistic innovation that is being held back; and ways you can get around the restrictions placed upon us. A request to release the long-promised discussion paper will also be made.
How you can help
- Print out these black-and-white flyers, cut them in half as they’re two A5 pages embedded within an A4 document, and spread the word.
- Contact me if you have an interesting viewpoint to present and would like to speak at the event.
- Most of all, attend! A rally isn’t a rally if no one shows up.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Why are you protesting the South Australian government in Brisbane?
A: The classification laws are Federal laws. As it turns out the South Australian Attorney-General, who is involved in the review process for changing these laws, is the one person holding up reform of these laws.
The entire system is backwards. The Federal Classification Act allows the State to define their own additional laws, but the Federal laws can’t change without a review process that involves people at a State level and which aren’t even necessarily elected officials.
The matter is a national issue, and the entire system needs an overhaul. The lightning rod for the issue happens to be South Australian. Whether I hold it in Adelaide or not is irrelevant, as the thing that matters is educating people at a national level. We need to raise awareness of the system and demand real reform.
Q: Wouldn’t signing the Hon Kate Jones MP’s online petition about an R rating be enough?
A: A petition is one step further to getting the ratings system overhauled. However, one of the major points of this rally is to educate people. A petition is all well and fine, but if only those that visit gaming forums know about it you won’t get as many signatures as you could. There are many gamers out there that don’t participate in gaming forums or communities, and those are the people we should be targeting to get on our side.
Q: Can we dress up as zombies?
A: I can’t stop you. Just keep in mind that if you want this rally to be taken seriously by the public at large, you should probably leave your zombie gear for the Zombie Walk or Supanova.