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Ticket scalpers strike a sour note

The Weatherill Labor Government has again left the door open for scalpers by not declaring Adele’s Adelaide concert a Major Event.

“Just days after tickets to Adele’s Adelaide concert went on sale scalpers are selling reserve tickets for more than 700 per cent above the original price,” said Shadow Minister for Recreation and Sport Tim Whetstone.

“The Weatherill Government needs to act now to protect Adele’s fans from these parasites.

“The State Government continually claims it is up to the promoter to request for an event to be declared under the Act and therefore protected under scalping laws.

“In fact the responsibility for protecting South Australians from scalpers lies with the State Government.

“Minister Bignell merely needs to type ‘Adele tickets Adelaide’ into a search engine for confirmation that scalpers are making a small fortune by re-selling tickets at hugely inflated prices.

“The State Government needs to act now and send a clear message to ticket scalpers that they will be prosecuted for breaking the law.

“It’s time for Minister Bignell to enforce the Major Events Act.”

Under the 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.

“Despite the difficulty I urge fans to only purchase tickets from the official ticketing agent. If not they run the risk of the tickets being counterfeit or being cancelled.”