CCC report timing questioned

CITY of Perth Deputy Mayor Rob Butler says the timing of the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) report is “worth looking into”.

A week before the local government election on October 17, the CCC released a report finding Ms Scaffidi breached the Local Government Act in 2008 and 2009.

A CCC spokeswoman said the report was done independent of external factors.

“The CCC released the report once the investigation was concluded and the report was complete,” the spokeswoman said.

All councillors, except opposing lord mayoral candidate Reece Harley, rallied to support Ms Scaffidi in a signed statement saying she was a “woman of integrity and a strong leader”.

“We are so proud of our collective achievements under her leadership and vision and fully support her candidacy as Lord Mayor for a further term,” the statement said.

“The bottom line is it was eight years ago and it’s a damn shame,” Cr Butler said.

“She is paying a heavy price for an error in judgement.

“The City of Perth has come along in leaps and bounds and the Lord Mayor and councillors have worked tirelessly and put in a huge amount of time.”

Cr Harley said the past week was “difficult to watch”.

“I was deeply disappointed to read the letter, co-signed by seven of my council colleagues, which appeared to brush aside the CCC’s report,” Cr Harley said.

“These councillors have proven, with their signatures, they are out of step with community expectations of openness and accountability.”

A Local Government and Communities Department spokeswoman said in the absence of recommendations by the CCC, the department sought a briefing from the same.

“Following this briefing, the department will consider whether further action is warranted,” she said.

Ms Scaffidi did not respond to questions before deadline.