Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Lairbour bans retailing

People looking to make a quick buck from scalping tickets to major sporting events could soon be slapped with a fine of up to $5000.

Details of the deterrent were revealed yesterday in a raft of Government measures aimed at protecting major international sporting events against ambush marketing and ticket scalping.

The Major Events Management Bill - driven primarily by New Zealand's successful bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2011 - will outlaw the sale of tickets to a major event for more than the original sale price."


I fail to see how tickets to these events are any different to any other commodity. This latest outrage is a foot in the door to banning all forms of retailing other than selling direct from the producer.

And like most of their dumb-assed laws- extremely hard to police. Mind you, with a $5k fine - guess where some of our scarce police resources will be now be sent.

Out gathering revenue...


Unknown said...

$5,000 for an offence.

Gosh thats a lot of... whats the word I'm looking for?


Anonymous said...

Gotta look after that surplus, Murray. There's an election coming up after all.
That's if they don't ban those as well....

Unknown said...

Apparently the only thing they do approve of and don't plan to tax is deviant sex.

Conflict of interest issues no doubt.