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Missed opportunity to get tough on ticket scalpers

The Weatherill Labor Government has given the green light to ticket scalpers by refusing to back tough new laws proposed by the Marshall Liberal Team.

“With the Ashes Test Match at Adelaide Oval starting on Saturday and a busy schedule of Big Bash cricket, concerts and other events, the State Government has failed to take the opportunity to act and stamp out ticket scalping in South Australia,” said Shadow Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Corey Wingard.

“By refusing to back the State Liberals’ proposal for tough new ticket scalping laws the Weatherill Government has completely let down South Australian sports fans and eventgoers from scalpers.

“But this will not deter a Marshall Liberal Government from strengthening ticket scalping laws by creating a $100,000 penalty for organised scalping if elected in March 2018.

“We will legislate to stop the resale of any sport or entertainment tickets above the original face value plus 10 per cent, which currently only occurs if an event is declared a Major Event under SA’s Major Events Act.

“Unlike Labor’s hands-off approach, we will also legislate to stop ticket bots, where software is used to bypass security measures of ticketing websites.

“We will work with industry participants such as the AFL, Cricket Australia, Adelaide Oval and the SACA to give them the ability to seek court injunctions against scalpers using ticket bots.

“Too often when there is a major event in South Australia we see tickets being sold online for outrageous prices – it’s crucial that we have laws in place to stop people preying on passionate fans.”

Under the Liberal proposal individuals caught scalping tickets would face a maximum fine of $20,000 and organisations involved with scalping would face a maximum fine of $100,000.

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