Scalper warning ahead of State of Origin ticket sales

first_imgScalper warning ahead of State of Origin ticket sales Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Mark RyanAnyone looking to profiteer by selling tickets to the historic 2021 State of Origin Opener in Townsville next week is being reminded of stiff penalties for buying or selling scalped tickets.Police Minister and Acting Attorney-General Mark Ryan said Queensland laws made ticket scalping an offence and captured events at all Stadiums Queensland venues, including Townsville’s Country Bank Stadium.“This is a terrific moment in Queensland sports and a terrific moment for Townsville,” the Minister said.“We don’t want to see genuine fans priced out of the game because some unscrupulous individuals see a chance to make a profit at the expense of others.“If you see it happening, contact police so they can investigate and fine those responsible.“And don’t forget that those who buy scalped tickets can be fined too and they won’t be able to use the tickets for the match.”The legislation recognises that people may genuinely purchase tickets only to find that because of unexpected circumstances they are no longer able to use the tickets.In these instances, tickets can be resold at a margin of no more than 10%.The 10% margin enables people who are unable to attend an event to recoup the ticket price and any costs associated with the ticket resale.Sellers of scalped tickets face a maximum fine of 20 penalty units or $2,669.00Buyers of scalped tickets face a maximum fine of 5 penalty units or $667.25In the lead up to State of Origin Game 1, authorised tickets will be available via Nrl.com/tickets and Ticketmaster only and will be on-sale from today (Wednesday 2 June) at 3pm to general public.Tickets bought on unofficial sites may not be genuine event tickets. To ensure a genuine ticket that will let you in at the venue, only purchase through the authorised ticket sellers – the NRL and Ticketmaster. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, bank, Game, Government, investigation, legislation, Minister, penalty, police, profit, purchase, QLD, Queensland, Ryan, sports, Townsvillelast_img

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