Scaffidi pockets $2600 a week
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