Scaffidi won’t play the game
FOR the last three years there have been an ongoing series of vindictive articles related to the Perth Lord Mayor.
As the State Administrative Tribunal has stated, there is no suggestion of corruption.
It comes down to a trivial misunderstanding as to who fills in the relevant notification paperwork.
Yet the lazy reporting with lurid headlines leads most readers to think otherwise.
Bit hard to hide corruption when Ms Scaffidi broadcasts all her activities on Facebook. Have a look some time… and you will see her working on the City’s behalf. Not quite as much fun as it may seem. Throughout her time as Perth’s Lord Mayor, Ms Scaffidi has been the most professional advocate of the City and its residents, both business and residential.
Her support and promotion of the city has gone way beyond being a passive figurehead, doing a lot of the education and resources promotion work overseas that I thought would have been the responsibility of the State Government.
Her detractors frequently allude to Liberal political connections, missing the fact that most of the criticism has come from the previous Barnett government.
Any close inspection of her detractors shows their own political connections and ambitions.
To my knowledge, Ms Scaffidi has resolutely refused to be involved in political partnership and has done a great job putting the City of Perth as her only priority.
This, it seems, is her biggest problem – not playing the political games of either side of politics, much to their annoyance.
The backstory of all this makes the ‘outrage’ over this issue very trivial and selfserving.
Some better reporting is called for. It didn’t take much effort on my part to delve into the machinations of this overblown mess.
The Guardian Express is one of two local newspapers in our inner city area. If it is to be anything more than just advertising, it needs to serve its readers better.
Cheap headlines may look good, but they don’t serve the public.
It’s not long ago that Ms Scaffidi came runner-up in the World Lord Mayor Project (City Mayors Foundation), having displayed outstanding professionalism and promotion of her city.
As the saying goes – “You don’t know what you’ve got, ’til it’s gone”.
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