Australia's R18+ legislation has passed the House of Representatives, with advocates hoping that it will be adopted by the Senate at some point. This puts the adult classification that most Australian citizens have been asking for multiple years on track to becoming law by early 2013. In order for it to pass through the Senate, the bill will require the support of either the coalition or the Greens (both support the R18+ classification). Once it passes the Senate, the R18+ legislation will become law.
The R18+ legislation passed the House of Representatives without amendment or argument. Federal Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare told GameSpot that once the legislation is approved by the Senate, each state and territory would need to pass their own complementary legislation. The R18+ bill will now go to the Senate to be voted on in the coming weeks, according to GameSpot. If it does pass, it would become federal law on January 1, 2013.