Video games, porn and censorship in Australia

Senator Leyonhjelm asks Senator Fifield , the communications minister, to clarify why the classification effectively bans certain content such as video games and X18 rated films.

Question

“The Australian Classification Board can ban videos and games that it considers to be immoral by refusing to classify them.

This restricts what bricks and mortar shops can sell.

However, anyone can access videos and games on and through the internet.

What are these bans achieving, and what harm is being done in the process?”

Supplementary question

“The Australian Classification Board can also classify films as X18+. In all states except Western Australia, an adult can legally buy and possess X18+ rated films. Yet in no state is it legal to sell such films, not even in 18+ adult retail stores.

Do you accept that the Board’s use of the X18+ classification serves in practice as a further ban that hurts domestic stores compared to foreign and online retailers?”

Supplementary question

Do you think there is anything we can learn from the Chinese about censorship in the age of the internet?