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Scalpers to take a haircut

Apr 07, 2017

Corey Wingard MP
Shadow Minister for Industry
Shadow Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing

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Scalpers to take a haircut



The State Liberals will introduce legislation to crackdown on scalping in South Australia as part of a comprehensive overhaul of the Major Events Act.

“The Weatherill Government’s efforts to combat scalping have been pathetic so I’ll be introducing legislation that will make it an offence to re-sell a ticket to an event for more than its face value plus booking fees and charges,” said Shadow Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Corey Wingard.

“Once again scalpers are preying on Adelaide and Port Adelaide football supporters and the Weatherill Government is missing in action.

“Under a Liberal Government a footy game or concert will no longer need to be declared a Major Event to be protected from scalping and there will be a concerted effort to hunt down and prosecute scalpers looking to exploit the general public.”

Under Labor’s Major Events Act 2013 it is an offence for a person to sell tickets for a declared major event without the permission of the organiser at a price higher than 10 per cent of the face value of the ticket.

“Labor’s legislation only applies on the rare occasions a Major Event has been declared and there has been no effort to enforce the law,” said Mr Wingard.

“Promoters are loath to go through the expensive, cumbersome and time-consuming ordeal of having an event declared a Major Event.

“I’m not aware of a single scalper who has been prosecuted despite the prevalence of the parasitical practice.

“The best way to discourage scalping is to secure a few convictions and a Liberal Government won’t shirk the need to ensure the law is enforced.
“A quick look on eBay and Gumtree this week showed scalpers had swooped on tickets to the Showdown and were looking to makes profits of 200 and 300 per cent on the face value of the ticket.”

Scalping on the Showdown makes a mockery of Minister Bignell’s claim that scalping wasn’t an issue because ‘when you have a major event, websites like Gumtree and eBay keep an eye on people offering things, and if they’re offering tickets for more than 10 per cent of their value, that’s illegal and they get pulled down off the site.’ (Advertiser 19 February 2015) 

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