Scalpers

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will amend the Major Events Act to protect the public from scalpers.

The Problem

The Weatherill Government has failed to protect people wanting to attend major events like the Showdown and Big Bash from ticket scalpers.

The current law only applies to the rare occasions a major event has been formally declared.

Even then, there has been no serious attempt to enforce the law.

It is an offence for a person to sell tickets for a declared major event at a price higher than 10 percent of the face value of the ticket without the permission of the organiser.

But promoters are loath to go through the expensive, cumbersome and time-consuming ordeal of getting a major event declaration
and we’re not aware of a single scalper being prosecuted despite the prevalence of this parasitical practice.

For this year’s first Showdown between the Crows and the Power, eBay and Gumtree showed scalpers had swooped on tickets and were looking to profit by up to 300% on the face value of the ticket.

This makes a mockery of the Weatherill Government’s claim that scalping isn’t an issue.

Other states have introduced state-wide scalping penalties applied on all events to send a message to these opportunists that they are not welcome.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will amend the Major Events Act to protect the public from scalpers.

Under our amendments, a footy game, cricket match or concert will no longer need to be declared a major event to protect the public from scalping.

We will make it an offence to resell a ticket to an event for more than its face value plus booking fees and charges.

A Liberal Government will also ensure its prohibition on scalping is enforced.

The best way to discourage scalping is to secure some convictions and a Liberal Government won’t shirk its responsibility in this area.

Part of our plan for SA