The most anticipated gaming milestone in Australian history has come one step closer over the weekend with Michael Atkinson, the chief opposition to introducing an R+ rating, resigning from his post.
Mr Atkinson was the only classification minister who was opposing the new rating standard, so (potentially) the new amendments to the legislation should go through without any more hitches.
He resigned claiming:
“There are talented people on the Labor backbench who deserve a go. I don’t think we want all the Labor ministers leaving in a bunch about the 2014 general election and so it’s important that that renewal be staged.”
Despite this statement, there is speculation that he may have been requested to step down due to the venomous backlash caused from all his recent controversies.