Stamp out Scalping Tickets

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The problem of ticket scalping under the guise of reselling has become out of control.  No longer can the average fan access decent tickets to big concerts in this country.  The latest in a long list being the current debacle for Midnight Oil tickets.  These resellers spout how they are there for concert goers who purchase original tickets and find they cannot attend so need to resell their ticket.  This is a lie!!

As shown with the Midnight Oil ticket sales but also previous artists eg: Crowded House Sydney Opera House gig, within minutes of going on sale hundreds if not thousands of tickets become imediately available on ticket resellers.  So tell me that all these people within minutes of purchasing have decided they cant attend??

As a member of the Midnight Oil facebook fanbase - Powderworkers with over 2600 members, the stories of the fans missing out on tickets to concerts within minutes going on sale on not only fan presale but also general publice sale was a common thread.  Then with the current Melbourne concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl I could count on one hand the number of fans that got access to a seated ticket.  Yet on the resellers hundreds were available.  Lifelong fans like myself hoping to take their now teenage childeren to experience the "Power and the Passion" of the Oils and missing out!!

I propose that a two fold approach to stop this practice.  Firstly making it illegal to resell tickets.  Or rather enforce the fine print already in place which states tickets are not transferable??

Secondly force ticket agencies to provide a refund process for genuine concert goers who cannot attend.  The tickets then get re-released into the general sale.  The ticket agency keeps its booking fee from the original sale and could even have the same fee again for the refund process.

By enacting these 2 things we can eliminate scalpers and also provide genuine options for people who cannot attend the concerts.

Please support my petition and make the change.

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