New laws tackle scalp­ing

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

Vic­to­rian-based AFL fi­nals will for the first time be tar­geted by tough new an­ti­s­calp­ing laws.

The fi­nals games as well as next year’s An­zac Day clash have been de­clared ma­jor events, mak­ing it il­le­gal for peo­ple to re-sell tick­ets for more than 10 per cent of face value.

Pre­vi­ously, only the AFL grand fi­nal was sub­ject to the law.

‘‘We’re putting fans first — these laws de­ter un­scrupu­lous scalpers and make sure fans can watch their teams play in the big­gest games,’’ act­ing Ma­jor Events Min­is­ter Philip Dal­i­dakis said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

Au­tho­rised ticket of­fi­cers will work with po­lice to catch those flout­ing the laws, who face fines of be­tween $806 to $483 500.

The An­drews gov­ern­ment passed leg­is­la­tion in May to al­low for the ex­pan­sion of the list of de­clared ma­jor events, sim­i­lar to the AFL grand fi­nal.

Other ma­jor sports events — such as the Aus­tralian Open — could also be in line to be re­clas­si­fied, but or­gan­is­ers must first write to the gov­ern­ment to re­quest a dec­la­ra­tion.

The Mel­bourne Park tour­na­ment was plagued by scalp­ing ear­lier this year, with ten­nis fans turned away at the gate due to hold­ing dodgy tick­ets bought from on­line re­selling agency Vi­a­gogo.

Half­way through the grand slam, News Corp re­ported a quar­ter of Vi­a­gogo tick­ets weren’t valid as they’d been sold mul­ti­ple times or as child tick­ets.

The web­site was also sell­ing $805 prime­lo­ca­tion men’s fi­nal seats for up to three times their face value.

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