GameSpot is reporting that the government of Queensland, Australia will not sell games marked with the new R18+ rating in the state until sometime after February 7, 2013. The new rating legislation's implementation has apparently been delayed due to a "committee consultation." The Queensland state and territories will stand in stark contrast to other Australian territories, who will introduce an R18+ classification for video games when the law is officially implemented on January 1, 2013.
The Queensland Government said that it will await the results of a Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee report, which is due to be released on or around February 7, 2013. The R18+ legislation was introduced in the Queensland Parliament on October 31, but was later referred to the committee. Queensland Attorney-General spokesperson Jarrod Bleijie said that this is not an unusual step because all bills introduced in the state's parliament undergo this process.
"All Bills introduced to the Queensland Parliament, with the exception of Bills that are considered urgent, are referred to a committee to ensure the appropriate consultation can occur," the spokesperson told GameSpot Australia.
"Between January 1, 2013 and when the Bill passes in Queensland, R18+ computer games will continue to be caught by the definition of 'objectionable computer games' under the Classification of Computer Games and Images Act 1995," Bleijie's spokesperson continued. "This means R18+ computer games cannot be publicly demonstrated, made, or sold until the law is amended in Queensland."
According to Bleijie's office, once the committee reports its findings, the R18+ legislation will proceed to the Queensland Parliament to be debated.