10/05/2016 - 15:17

Serious breaches by Scaffidi: report

10/05/2016 - 15:17

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Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi could face proceedings in the State Administrative Tribunal after a report tabled in parliament alleged that she failed to declare travel and gifts up to 45 times over seven years.

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi could face proceedings in the State Administrative Tribunal after a report tabled in parliament alleged that she failed to declare travel and gifts up to 45 times over seven years.

An inquiry was conducted by the director general of the Department of Local Government after a Corruption and Crime Commission report exposed Ms Scaffidi’s failure to disclose a BHP Billiton-paid trip to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

She also failed to disclose tickets to a 2009 Leeuwin Estate concert and accommodation for the 2008 Broome Cup.

Local Government Minister Tony Simpson told parliament today that, between January 2008 and October 2015, Ms Scaffidi failed to disclose gifts and contributions to travel in the annual returns she was required to lodge with the City of Perth chief executive up to 45 times.

Gary Stevenson was sacked as City of Perth's CEO in January, three years into his five-year contract, with Martin Mileham taking over as acting CEO.

“The director general of the Department of Local Government has considered the various ways in which these matters can be dealt with,” Mr Simpson said in the report.

“The director general considers that the most appropriate course is to commence proceedings in the State Administrative Tribunal alleging that the lord mayor has committed serious breaches.

“The director general is seeking advice from the State Solicitor’s Office on making those allegations.”

Opposition local government spokesman David Templeman said the lord mayor's position was untenable.

"We believe that the premier and the minister should be calling on the lord mayor to resign her position," he said.

 

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