Greens SA MP, Tammy Franks MLC has said that Minister Bignell’s late call to declare major event status for the upcoming AFL Adelaide Oval finals games “shows the Weatherill Labor government has dropped the ball on ticket scalping.”
Ms Franks stated: “After a little grilling on a few radio programs this morning, Minister Bignell will today announce that ticket scalping protections will belatedly be extended to SA footy fans under the state’s Major Events Act 2012 for the upcoming AFL finals round games at Adelaide Oval. The reality is that this is too little too late.
“The Major Events Act is not even fit for purpose to provide true protections against ticket scalping. It has only been announced for nine ticketed events since 2012 and even then, the ticket scalping protection is usually limited to a physical exclusion zone around the Adelaide Oval itself.
“That physical zone can be avoided if a scalper steps just across the road to War Memorial Drive! But even this farcical approach totally misses the mark on online resales. Little wonder then that not a single prosecution has been made under the 2012 Act, which is rarely used, largely unenforced and irrelevant to the real life operations of the rorters.
“The main game here is online rorts and dodgy dealings. Choice is taking on the dodgy dealers, the music industry is absolutely crying out for state and federal jurisdictions to offer solutions and the Major Events Act has proved to be no real antidote at all. For this reason, I’ll be reintroducing a new bill to cover ticket scalping across the board in SA, not just for the tiny handful of events where the Minister decides to intervene to create a fair playing field for fans,” she concluded.
Ms Franks has previously had a bill before the SA Parliament to prevent ‘ticket scalping’ (either online or in person) that would prohibit resales of more than ten per cent increases on the face value of an original ticket purchase. Ms Franks will reintroduce a bill to provide broad protections against ticket scalpers when state parliament resumes.