Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in Oceania. Australia compromises of the main island, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. Australia has maritime borders with Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu. Australia gained a further degree of independence from the United Kingdom on October 9, 1942 with the passing of the Statute Westminster Adoption Act (giving Australia's parliament that ability to act independently from the British government, although this had started from September 3, 1939). Full independence for the Australian government took place on March 3, 1986 with acts going through both the British and Australian parliaments. The British monarch remains Australia's head of state. The capital of Australia is Canberra.
Video games are rated by the Australian Classification Board, which also provides ratings for other forms of media. Most Grand Theft Auto games are rated MA15+ although some (such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) have received or were reclassified to have an RC ("Refused Classification") rating. GTA San Andreas was, however, reclassified back to an MA15+ after it was re-released. Rockstar Games have produced different versions of Grand Theft Auto games for Australia and neighbouring New Zealand to removed pools of blood from beneath dead bodies, to blur the use of a prostitutes services and to remove the appearance of injuries from characters after being attacked. Frequently, however, the PC version of these games are not edited.
In 2013, Australia introduced an R18+ age rating for video games, although initially this restriction was not fully used allowing for a number of video games to have a higher rating (and thus more previously banned content). The new restriction was passed after Governor General Michael Atkinson ended his opposition to the rating shortly before retiring having blocked any potential R18+ rating for many years.
- Colonel James P. talks about his experience in a war between Australia and the United States of America, which Lazlow claims did not happen.
- Commercials and radio advertisements for Ammu-Nation state "from when we whooped Australia's ass" suggesting that the United States won the war.
- The Gurning Chimps (including Maccer) were banned from Australia at some point before 1992.
- There are further references to the Australian-American War. A commercial for Babies Overnight adoption service mentions "...an Australian baby, which loves to play war but always loses." On the website "www.ilovetoblow.org", there is also another reference to Australia losing the war.
- The Angels of Death have a chapter in Australia.
- One of the "relatives" of any character searched for on yourdeadfamily.com fled to Australia after having an affair with one the Queen's maids.
- The Australian dollar, Australia's currency, is one of the possibilites your $10,000 'investment' to iwillsurviveitall.com can be shown in.
- In the film "Last Will and Testament", the main character Will Longhorn flees to Australia after being accused of murdering a woman who had left him a large sum of money in her will. He 'soon realizes this is a terrible idea as the place is full of savages that annoy everyone' and starts a brief relationship with Molly but kills her because her accent annoyed him. He is then arrested and put on trial but manages to escape and 'rows back to civilization'.
Real life references
- The All Saints General Hospital in GTA San Andreas is a reference to the All Saints television show from Australia.