Scaf­fidi pock­ets $2600 a week

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - PETER LAW

PERTH Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi con­tin­ues to be paid more than $2600 a week, de­spite stand­ing down from her du­ties.

Since be­ing found guilty of 45 breaches of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act, Ms Scaf­fidi has not re­sponded to ques­tions about whether she would still ac­cept her $135,909 an­nual al­lowance.

The City of Perth has pre­vi­ously only said it had re­ceived le­gal ad­vice that Ms Scaf­fidi “re­mains en­ti­tled” to the ratepayer-funded salary. But in re­sponse to ques­tions from The

Sun­day Times, a City of Perth spokesman said on Fri­day: “Yes, Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi con­tin­ues to re­ceive her an­nual al­lowance.”

Ms Scaf­fidi stepped down from may­oral du­ties ear­lier this month to chal­lenge an 18-month ban from of­fice over her fail­ure to prop­erly dis­close gifts and travel.

Yes­ter­day, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man re­peated his view that Ms Scaf­fidi “should do the honourable thing and re­sign”. “Fail­ing that, she should refuse the pay­ment un­til she has been cleared,” he said.

Perth Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios, who is ful­fill­ing Ms Scaf­fidi’s du­ties, de­clined to com­ment on whether he thought it was ap­pro­pri­ate that she con­tinue to re­ceive a ratepayer-funded salary.

“I have no in­ter­est in what Lisa Scaf­fidi does,” he said.

“Her choices are her choices.

“I am just in­ter­ested in mov­ing for­ward and sta­bil­is­ing the cap­i­tal city.”

The State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal ruled Ms Scaf­fidi had breached the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 45 times by not prop­erly dis­clos­ing trips, in­clud­ing to the 2008 Olympics in Bei­jing, paid for by BHP.

Ms Scaf­fidi ad­mit­ted five of the breaches, but de­nied wrong­do­ing in 40 others. The SAT judg­ment de­scribed her apolo­gies as “empty words”.

The Court of Ap­peal later agreed to put on hold the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, pend­ing the out­come of her ap­peals.

A de­part­ment spokesman de­clined to com­ment.

Premier Mark McGowan and Op­po­si­tion leader Mike Na­han have called for Ms Scaf­fidi to quit.

She should do the honourable thing and re­sign. David Tem­ple­man

Sus­pense: Lisa Scaf­fidi

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