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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Scalping Subsidised Commonwealth Games Tickets

The anti-scalping laws for Commonwealth Games tickets suggests there is a thriving demand at above face-value prices. Yet the taxpayer subsidy on each ticket is probably between $500 and $800. In other words, laws were passed to stop people paying the fair price of the tickets! Surely this means the State Government - and Chairman Ron Walker - have botched the pricing?

No doubt their defenders would cry "affordability". Well, if they wanted to make the Games affordable for people on low-incomes then means-testing would have targeted these families. But I suspect many families would rather have kept the hundreds of dollars as cash rather than as cheaper tickets. Instead, the Victorian Government has ingeniously put families in the position of having to buy tickets to get their own money back. This bolsters attendance figures, which will be used to justify the whole endeavour. Pyramid marketing scammers would be proud!



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