In what could result in a significant blow to scalpers, a new motion to ban ticket bots has today passed through the Australian Senate, the ABC reports.

Xenophon argued that the measures were necessary to “better protect consumers” from scalpers who have “cornered the market” through unscrupulous practices.

The motion seeks the introduction of legislation that would make the use of ticket scalping bots, used to quickly and effectively purchase swathes of tickets automatically upon sales commencing, illegal – a similar move to the one made by the U.S. late last year.

Introduced by Independent Senator Nick Xenophon yesterday, it managed to pass on the strength of the support from Labour and The Greens, as well as Senators Derryn Hinch and Jacqui Lambie, despite not receiving any from the Liberal Government itself.

“Genuine Australian fans are being unfairly deprived of tickets because ticket scalpers are using automated systems to buy a bulk of tickets when they are released,” Mr. Xenophon said in a statement.

“They’re then on-selling them for massive amounts to those that missed out.”

Senator Xenophon also had his say on ticket resale sites, which have also stood to benefit from ticket scalpers through their own disagreeable practices, and have come under scrutiny in recent weeks with consumer group CHOICE taking them before the ACCC.