SUBI WANTS PERTH BILL REJECTED
SUBIACO councillors last week saw Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s tarnished reputation as “opportunity knocking” to launch another appeal for State Parliament to reject the City of Perth Bill.
The Council unanimously voted for Mayor Heather Henderson to immediately write to all members of Parliament urging them not to support the Bill “due to the forthcoming Lord Mayoral election and the uncertainly of the strategic direction of the City of Perth”.
“If the whole point of the Act is to give Perth a chance of being recognised internationally as a capital city, it is completely diminished by the two possible lord mayors before us,” Cr Mark Burns said.
About 3000 Subiaco south ward residents would become part of the City of Perth under the bill.
A City spokeswoman said Mrs Henderson sent the letters last Thursday, as Parliament was due to meet on October 13.
The Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) last week found Ms Scaffidi “signally failed” her duties by not disclosing gifts and travel in the financial year ending 2009.
Cr Murray Rowe said he supported the motion because “sometimes opportunity knocks and we don’t want to miss this opportunity”.
“We have two people running for lord mayor,” Cr Scott Arbuckle said.
“One is young and quite inexperienced (Reece Harley), and the other is under investigation by the CCC.
“This is an incredibly faulty piece of legislation that serves absolutely no positive outcome.
“It is a fraud, a sham.”
CORRUPTION and Crime Commission findings against Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi won’t damage her chance of re-election because she’s the best candidate for the job. The October 17 election is a two-horse race between the incumbent and Cr Reece Harley, who is aiming to be the youngest Lord Mayor at 28. Cr Harley has just two years of council experience against Ms Scaffidi’s eight as Lord Mayor. But more importantly, Ms Scaffidi will get the votes from City of Perth businesses that make up most ratepayers. Despite a few calls for the Lord Mayor to stand down, there’s been little criticism of her response to the CCC’s findings surrounding her attendance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a guest of BHP. Ms Scaffidi has stood strong – as any good leader would – saying she would make the same decision again. In another election with more experienced and high-profile candidates, the Lord Mayor should be shaking in her boots. But we’ll be seeing her stylish fashion accompanying the mayoral chains for at least another term.