Gloves off: State Government must slug it out with scalpers

The Weatherill Labor Government must immediately declare the Anthony Mundine and Danny Green boxing match a Major Event under the Act to protect sports fans from scalpers as tickets go on sale to the public today.

Under the South Australian Major Events Act it is an offence for a person to sell a ticket that exceeds the original price by more than 10 per cent of its face value, but only if the event is declared a Major Event under the Act.

Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell has described the Mundine and Green boxing event, to be held on February 3, as a ‘superfight (that) is expected to be the biggest in Australian history’.

“If this fight is going to be the biggest in Australian history then Minister Bignell must move immediately to protect fight fans from unscrupulous scalpers,” said Shadow Minister for Recreation and Sport Tim Whetstone.

“Tickets for this re-match are already selling like hotcakes under pre-sale and with tickets on offer to the general public today there must be protections in place to prevent ticket scalpers preying on fans.

“The SA Liberals welcome the attraction of events such as this, but we want to ensure all the necessary precautions are in place to protect genuine fans.”

Mr Whetstone said the State Government must address the inconsistency of declarations under the Major Events Act.

“We’ve constantly seen popular events in South Australia not covered under the Act targeted by scalpers. This Act was introduced into SA Parliament to protect the public from such opportunists but it has historically been underutilised,” Mr Whetstone said.

“The Labor Government needs to show zero tolerance to ticket scalping by punishing people re-selling tickets to events at illegally inflated prices.