Gamers 4 Croydon is Australia's first gamer's rights political party, and they plan to challenge Attorney-General Michael Atkinson at South Australia's next state election. Party founder, David Doe, is looking to extend past Croydon so that all South Australians can show their support for gaming - in particular an R18+ rating.
Doe began the campaign on Friday in Rundle Mall, where he gathered the 150 signatures of support that are required to resister as a political party. Gamers 4 Croydon will attempt "to exert pressure on Atkinson, currently the only Attorney General voting ‘no’ against the introduction of an R18+ classification rating for videogames in Australia."
"Over the weekend it became clear that we will need to run a candidate for the Legislative Council, so that gamers who do not live in the Croydon electorate will also be able to show their support by voting for our candidate in the upper house," said Doe. "And of course, we will be working on our preferences with the other major parties in the coming months, as well as providing some quick links to people’s Federal representatives so they can voice their concern at the requirement of unanimity between Attorneys-General to implement an R18+ classification rating with a view to getting that piece of legislation amended to only require a majority vote of Attorneys-General."
Mr. Atkinson, currently the only person stopping the introduction of an R18+ rating for games in Australia, believes a new South Australian Attorney-General will not change anything. "Former Liberal Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock supported my opposition to an R 18+ Classification for interactive games at a time when most Labor Attorneys-General wanted to introduce one and he sought the endorsement of Cabinet for his position," Atkinson commented in response to an article on news.com.au. "Should I stop being Attorney-General, the opposition would, I predict, be taken up by the W.A. Attorney-General (Liberal) and at least two other Attorneys-General (Labor). Moreover, many Liberals in the State Parliament and at least one Liberal candidate in the forthcoming State election support my stand."