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Government disarray delays ticket scalping reforms



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THE HON TONY BURKE MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL

AUSTRALIA

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS

MEMBER FOR WATSON

MADELEINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR RESOURCES

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR SMALL BUSINESS

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BRAND

GOVERNMENT DISARRAY DELAYS TICKET SCALPING REFORMS

Treasury officials have confirmed today that crucial reforms to ticket scalping laws

were delayed because of the Liberal leadership crisis.

When asked in Senate Estimates why the 31 August Consumer Affairs Forum was

cancelled, and rescheduled for 26 October, Treasury officials confirmed it was

because there was a change in the Minister responsible for consumer affairs.

The change in the Minister responsible for consumer affairs (now the Assistant

Treasurer Stuart Robert) was a direct result of the Liberal leadership turmoil. This

means consumers have had to wait nearly 2 months to see any movement on

ticket scalping reforms, because the Liberal Party is in chaos.

The Forum, which brings together Australian and New Zealand consumer affairs

and fair trading ministers, is important for Australian consumers.

Changes to the Australian Consumer Law can only happen following agreement

between the government and the states. It’s not just a talk fest - the forum is the

machine room for the significant legislative agenda for consumer affairs and

protection matters.

So now, as we draw nearer to the summer music festival season, Australian

consumers are still at risk of being exploited by ticket scalpers and face exorbitant

resale prices, because of the government’s inaction and reckless disregard for

consumer protection.

People will continue to be ripped off by websites like fake ticket reseller Viagogo,

where consumers are being exposed to the dishonest practice of being sold fake

or overpriced tickets.

Concerts, festivals and other live entertainment are one of the biggest discretionary

purchases that consumers will make each a year. Consumers deserve to know

that their hard earned money will purchase them a legitimate ticket to the

advertised event.

This government continues to fail Australian consumers.

WEDNESDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2018

MEDIA ADVISERS: GRACE CRAMER (BURKE) 0431 021 105

THEA WALTON (KING) 0432 100 312