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Monday, 20 March 2017
Page: 1394

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:43): Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The Australian Consumer Law already extends to purchasing and onselling tickets. In particular, the prohibition against misleading or deceptive conduct in the consumer guarantee provisions are relevant. There are also a number of state laws and regulations that cover this issue. The ACCC is aware of the issues and will continue to monitor them. Senator Xenophon's minority recommendation in the Senate Economics References Committee report that there ought be federal laws amending the Australian Consumer Law to outlaw ticket scalping was not supported as there was no basis for considering a regulatory response at that time.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion, as amended, moved by Senator Xenophon be agreed to.