Scaf­fidi won’t play the game

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

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”.

STU­ART PEKIN, Perth Pe­ter Kennedy on com­mis­sion paid to real es­tate agents: I don’t whinge about agents' com­mis­sions. I do whinge about the ex­ces­sive stamp duty charges. I thought that was one of the fees which was go­ing to dis­ap­pear when the GST was in­tro­duced.

Re­becca Lambe on the in­juries suf­fered by a po­lice of­fi­cer al­legedly at­tacked with a sa­mu­rai sword: How some­one can do this to an­other per­son is be­yond me. So sorry for this poor po­lice­man try­ing to do his duty to our com­mu­nity. They de­serve a pay rise for sure!

Shel­ley Tam­sitt on the death of Col­le­gians foot­baller Henry Cu­sack: Tragic and heart­break­ing to lose a good man this way. Sin­cere heart­felt con­do­lences.

Michelle Bris­tow on the death of Col­le­gians foot­baller Henry Cu­sack: Very tragic RIP Henry, con­do­lences to fam­ily and friends.

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