March 27, 2014

O’Farrell government ‘out of step’ on ticket scalping says viagogo

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The findings of the Federal Senate inquiry into ticket scalping released last night have been welcomed by the world’s largest ticket marketplace, viagogo, though the recommendations have highlighted how out of step the NSW government is after it passed contradictory laws this week.

The O’Farrell government’s ticketing legislation this week passed the Legislative Assembly amid outcries from music and sports fans, with only two out of five people saying they’d bother trying to follow the complex requirements. The onerous conditions include the need for consumers to include photos of the tickets they are selling with portions graphically edited out. Consumers were also baffled at that the government was focusing on these laws instead of public safety, education and health.

In its report released last night, the Senate inquiry into ticketing found that, “ultimately any approach to ticket scalping legislative or otherwise that is adopted should be nationally consistent and implemented at the Federal level,” with different sets of laws on this issue operating in every state.

O'Farrell Government is out of step with the national inquiry.

viagogo spokesperson Alex Levenson, questioned the NSW government’s motives for pushing through legislation when the issue is being thoroughly examined at a national level and when NSW consumers are so strongly opposed to the requirements.

“The NSW government’s determination to push through its legislation has seen it ignore industry advice, the opinions of consumers and now the recommendations of a Federal inquiry,” said Levenson.

The recommendations of the Senate inquiry into ticketing also pointed out the need for the ACCC and the States’ Fair Trading offices to more thoroughly examine the primary and secondary ticketing industries before making any legislative recommendations.

*This research was conducted by Galaxy Research using a representative sample of 1,000 people aged 18-64 years between 24 and 28 January 2014, weighting the data by age, gender and region to reflect the latest population estimates




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