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Australia considering complete ticket resale ban

A complete ban on the reselling of tickets is being considered by Australia’s federal government as it seeks to reform the sector.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar confirmed a total of five options are being tabled as possible ways to curb reselling.

“I expect consumers should always get a fair deal when purchasing tickets for events and to access all available tickets on the market,” Sukkar said.

“While we are still working to properly address these problems, Australians can be assured that we will do all that is necessary to protect them from any unfair or unscrupulous practices.”

One of the reforms being considered is the introduction of a mandatory display of warning notices on reselling websites.

A recent Treasury report called for ticket resellers to “disclose certain information when reselling tickets”.

They wrote: “The secondary ticket market creates opportunities for consumers to be exploited when they do not have enough information to make informed purchasing decisions.”

Last year the New South Wales (NSW) parliament approved new legislation that caps the price of resold tickets at 10 per cent.

In August 2017, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) announced it was taking Viagogo to federal court for alleged misleading representations and to challenge its huge booking fees.

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