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‘They’re being absolutely gouged’, government cracks down on outrageous ticket scalping

Ticket scalping has reared its ugly head ahead of this weekend’s A-League grand final.

The Newcastle Jets will take on Melbourne Victory on Saturday night at McDonald Jones Stadium, with the ground capacity of 30,000 seeing tickets snapped up in record time.

The tickets are now being resold to desperate fans on resale websites for upwards of $1,000.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean tells Ben Fordham ticket scalping is “totally crook”.

“There are thousands of Newcastle Jets fans that just want to get along to cheer on their side this weekend and they’re being absolutely gouged.”

He says as of June 1, tickets can only be resold at 10% above their original value.

“I’m incredibly frustrated hearing these stories.

“That’s why we’ve changed the law in New South Wales to crack down on this type of behaviour.”

Click PLAY below for the full interview with Matt Kean

Shadow Minister for Better Regulation Yasmin Catley has accused the government of “dragging the chain” on the ticket scalping issue.

“If the government is serious about this they should have enacted it immediately,” she tells Ben.

“The reality is this could be in law now.”

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview with Yasmin Catley