Gamers 4 Croydon
|Gamers 4 Croydon|
|Headquarters||Lot 296, 643 Main South Rd,
Sellicks Hill, SA,
|Gamers 4 Croydon|
|Politics of Australia
Gamers 4 Croydon (G4C) was a minor political party in South Australia which contested the 2010 state election. The party disbanded shortly after the election and endorsed the Australian Sex Party and the Australian Greens as possible replacements for support.
The party had a strong anti-censorship message, particularly relating to the lack of an R18+ classification for video games in Australia. Founded in late 2009 and registered in 2010, its aim was to unseat South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson from his seat of Croydon in the House of Assembly (lower house). Atkinson, having stepped down from the position of South Australian Attorney-General after the election was the only state Attorney-General who opposed the introduction of an R18+ classification, and was largely responsible for its absence, as to introduce such a rating required the unanimous approval of all Attorneys-General. Atkinson's successor, John Rau, took a different view and supported the introduction of an R18+ classification.
In addition to the classification issue, the party's policy platform included the opposition of mandatory internet filtering, sought to ban the use of public funds for political advertising, supported marriage equality, sought increased government accountability, advocated in favour of the establishment of an Independent Commission against Corruption, and supported a variety of pro-environmental policies.
2010 SA election
The party ran six candidates at the 2010 South Australian election. Kat Nicholson, a postgraduate journalism student, ran for the seat of Croydon. David Egge ran for the seat of Norwood, Tom Birdseye ran for the seat of Adelaide, Matthew Allpress ran for the seat of Light, and Ben Ernst ran for the seat of Mawson. Party president and software engineer Chris Prior ran for the Legislative Council (upper house).
In the lower house, the party performed best in Croydon (3.7 percent) and worst in Light (1.0 percent). In the upper house, the party received 0.8 percent (7994 votes) of the statewide vote. No candidates were elected.
On June 18, 2012 the Australian Federal Parliament passed legislation to introduce an R18+ classification for video games.
- Game Over for Gamers4Croydon: Gamepolitics.com 29 June 2010
- Political party register: ECSA
- SA takes softer line on R18+ game rating: ABC 6 December 2010
- South Australian Attorney-General John Rau opens door to R18+ games rating: News.com.au 6 December 2010
- Gamers 4 Croydon Announce Two New Candidates
- Gamers 4 Croydon Announce Final Two Candidates
- 2010 election results: ECSA
- Gamers get adults-only R18+ classification