Labor has refused to support a move by the State Liberals to make it easier for parents to recognise if magazines aimed at their “tween-aged” children contain inappropriate material.
The Labor Party today voted against the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Parental Guidance) Amendment Bill which aimed to classify publications targeted at children and young teenagers.
The new classifications would have been similar to those that currently apply to films:
PG (Parental Guidance Recommended):
The content is mild in impact. PG films contain material that a parent or carer might need to explain to younger children.
M (Recommended for Mature Audiences):
The content is moderate in impact. M films are not recommended for people aged under 15 as a level of maturity is required.
“The SA community is increasingly concerned about the sexualisation of our young people and Labor has failed to take action,” Shadow Youth Minister Michelle Lensink said today.
“Growing up is hard enough without children being bombarded with images inappropriate for their age and these changes would have meant parents could be more informed when deciding what material is appropriate for their child.
“By voting against this Bill today, Labor had failed to protect SA’s young people.”
Member for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson, who was responsible for the Bill in the House of Assembly, said she was disappointed that Labor had ignored the concerns of many South Australian parents.
“The proposed legislation would have helped parents to make informed choices about what their children are reading in the same view as parents are able to determine the content of video games and movies through the classification system.”