‘Never had a reservation’: Luna Park orders conservative group to stop advertising Sydney conference
Sydney’s Luna Park has ordered a conservative political network to stop publishing tickets for a conference at its iconic theme park for which the group never had a reservation.
CPAC Australia, due to be held October 1-2, has been billed as the country’s “largest and most influential gathering of conservatives” and includes a line-up of high profile speakers.
Brexit mastermind Nigel Farage, one of Donald Trump’s former chiefs of staff, and an unnamed “former prime minister” were among those present.
A Facebook page bearing the group’s name offers tickets for the upcoming conference at “Family Luna Park,” some of which cost up to $7,000.
However, a spokesperson for the venue said it was not hosting the event.
“Luna Park also confirms that it has never signed an agreement or reservation with CPAC to host this event, despite claims to the contrary,” the spokesperson said.
“We have contacted CPAC to request the removal of all Luna Park Sydney branding and material from their website and social media.”
However, as of today, several social media posts posted as recently as August 19 advertising Luna Park as a venue remained online.
CPAC, which stands for Conservative Political Action Conference, has been contacted for comment.
CPAC’s website includes pages where people can register for conference tickets, which range from $49 for a one-day student pass to $7,000 for a “platinum experience.”
Tickets for CPAC’s Sir Robert Menzies Gala Dinner, scheduled for Oct. 1, sold for $249 each, according to the website.
The website says Mr. Farage will be joined at the conference by former President Trump’s chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and former acting U.S. attorney general, Matthew Whitaker.
According to the website, several past and present Australian politicians are featured, including Warren Mundine, Coalition senators Jacinta Price and Matt Canavan, and former Warringah candidate Katherine Deves.
The website also says a “former Australian prime minister” has yet to be announced on the list.