City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi pushes for quick penalty hearing after partial appeal win

Lisa Scaffidi.
Lisa Scaffidi.

CITY of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s push to have a penalty delivered swiftly has been knocked back by the Department of Justice.

Ms Scaffidi took to Twitter to release a statement after her partial win with in the Court of Appeals today.

“My legal team have written an open letter to the State Solicitor’s Office inviting discussions with a view to agreeing a penalty and thus bringing about a final resolution to this matter as soon as possible,” Ms Scaffidi wrote.

“Disappointingly, the State Solicitor’s Office has responded that the Department ‘considers it appropriate that the question of penalty be left to the Tribunal to determine, and accordingly declines to enter into negotiations to attempt to reach an agreed position’.”

She said she urged the Department to reconsider its position “as it would seem to be in everyone’s best interest that this matter be resolved as soon as possible”.

Ms Scaffidi also wrote she would make a decision on returning to her duties as Lord Mayor once the State Administrative Tribunal holds a fresh penalty hearing.

She wrote “the Department has agreed that it would be appropriate for the Tribunal, when determining the appropriate penalty, to take into account any period from today during which I elect to continue not to perform any of the statutory powers or duties conferred upon me on the basis that ‘such a period would be one of, in effect, continuing voluntary suspension’.”

Ms Scaffidi wrote she would make no further statements for now.

Local Government Minister David Templeman expressed his disappointment in the lengthy process.

“The long ongoing saga with regards to the Lord Mayor of Perth continues,” he said.

“I remain very frustrated and certainly very much concerned about how long this process has taken and we still have no final outcome.

“The government remains steadfast in its view that the Lord Mayor should have resigned her position.”

Mr Templeman said he respected the Court of Appeal’s decision

He said the process had already commenced to amend the Local Government Act to avoid a repeat of the situation.

A City of Perth spokesman said today’s outcome did not “change the focus of the Administration in continuing to serve the community, and delivering high quality services to our ratepayers”.