Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

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.

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