You do realise that Australia do not have an R18 rating for their games? So if it exceeds an R16, then they will ban it. Their ratings do have some influence on our game ratings, but most of the games they ban do get released here.
What do I think? Who cares, I do not buy my games from Australia.
Not living in Australia, this doesn't really affect me too much, however the same as been said about a few of the games that were eventually released in NZ (Leisure Larry is one that springs to mind, one of the GTA games also was "banned" until the took the sex scene out)
I understand that in NZ a refusal for classification means that commercially the game cannot be made available, meaning essentially if you go get it yourself (or order over the internet) it has to be pretty offensive to really get you in trouble with the censors. (This would need to be clarified to determine whether this is really true.)
In terms of the firing of the CEO, I understood it's a panel who make the decision - so I'm not sure how firing the CEO would help. Valve potentially may "water down" the violence to get it into Australia.
billgates: They really need to fire their censor board CEO or director and hire someone who is more liberal.
Actually as mentioned previously it's because there's no R18+ rating available for the censorship board to apply. Basically for the rating system to change each Attorney General from each state has to agree to it, and the South Australian AG refuses to do so. He's of the belief that no one needs to play violent video games, that Wii Tennis is enough for anyone. The ABC program "Good Game" talks about this a lot (and had an interview with the AG), the episodes are a free download from the ABC TV website (it's an excellent program, great game reviews).
It's definitely a shame about there not being any Australian L4D2 servers, but maybe the NZ servers will be more popular with the Australian users playing on the servers over here.