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New South Australian legislation cracking down on ticket scalping proposed

South Australia’s independent Senator Nick Xenophon plans to introduce a Bill which will prohibit the resale of tickets for more than 10 per cent above their original purchase price, a system which would still allow genuine fans to resell their tickets, during the first two sitting weeks of parliament next month.  Please read the full news article about this initiative at the Link below.

Senator Xenophon has attempted in 2005 to have legislation against ticket scalping passed in South Australia, but unfortunately it was not passed back then.  Now, he is being supported by South Australian Attorney-General John Rau whom wants to pass a “Major Events” Bill, similiar to the one already in law in New South Wales.

However, such a Law prohibits exorbitant ticket re-sales only to events at DECLARED “major events”, such as the yearly Australian Football League AFL Grand Final.

You can download the proposed 2013 Bill in PDF or RTF format by clicking  HERE.

Senator Xenophon’s 2005 proposed “Summary Offences ( Ticket Scalping ) Amendement Bill” can be found  HERE.  The new Bill is far more comprehensive but addresses “declared major events” ( similiar to existing NSW Legislation ).

Queensland has legislation pertaining to “major sports facilites” which are listed  HERE.  The venues include the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at which music gigs are held, so the legislation does not cover only sports events.  Furthermore, the Queensland law does not require the venues to be declared to be a “major event venue” by Gazette.  Under the Queensland Major Sports Facility Act 2001 there are certain venues which are “major sports facilities” by Legislative regulation, under the control of the Stadiums Queensland Authority.

On page 33 of the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council’s Report  Consumers and the Ticket Master – Ticket Onselling in the Australian Market 2010  it states that:

“Based on the finding that ticket onselling does not cause significant consumer detriment in Australia, CCAAC considers that specific regulation of the ticket industry would not be justified. Regulation would impose administrative burdens on industry associated with monitoring purchase and sale activities and tracing and cancelling tickets, which industry submits, based on existing evidence, would be disproportionate to the size of the problem seeking to be addressed. 160 The PC has noted that some overlaps between industry specific regulation and generic consumer laws can be overly prescriptive.”

We who are against ticket scalping say it is about time that the minority are heard and that changes are made to give all Australians a “fair go”, so that ticket scalping is near negligible to non existent.   Accessible tickets is not about making the sale price meet demand or about looking after the Australian economy, but is obviously about Equal Chance to buy a ticket for its actual face value and about OPPORTUNITY to do so.

Of course, we know quite often there are not enough tickets fot all those who want them, but STSA is an advocate of those who genuinely want to attend a performance (which is obviously a non-tangible thing) to be given the opportunity of trying to purchase a ticket at their original authorised selling prices.  Many artists and performers have publicly said they want tickets to be priced so the “average income” fan can try to attend.  Some unscrupulous artists or promoters may attempt to package some tickets with other items and sell them for a fortune, but of course Legislation can counteract this.

Why should the minority be neglected, why are they insignificant just because they are the minority?  Are their rights less than the richer majority?

Tickets are not goods, they are a right to entry to a performance or show.  To those who say we live in a free economy ( capitalist ) society, so are free to acquire something ( whether a good or a service ) and sell it for what we like and can get for it, the fact that ticket sellers like Ticketek have the term or condition on many tickets not to onsell a ticket for profit, speaks for itself, saying or showing that is not an acceptable norm to the public at large to onsell tickets for exorbitant prices.

We can send men to the moon.  Surely we have the technology to have eBay sellers list tickets at Buy it Now prices at the authorised original prices or to have a pop-up “dialog” box pop up to advise would be purchasers of tickets via online sites to check the original selling prices of the ticket, to have data matching to ascertain the original authorised value of tickets online against what they are being sold for, and to have technology to produce e-tickets with a system making them transferable only if absolutely necessary?

The public whom believe in a “fair go” will report offences to the Police and the legislation will be a deterrent to many who would otherwise think about scalping tickets. 

Enough is enough.

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Please support Senator Xenophon’s proposal by contacting him at his official website   HERE.

Thank you.



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