Claremont mayor calls for Scaffidi’s resignation

CLAREMONT Mayor Jock Barker says Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi should show “decency” by resigning.

Mr Barker said at last week’s council meeting that Ms Scaffidi “dismally failed the expected standards test of an elected public official”.

Mr Barker’s comments came after the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) found Ms Scaffidi committed serious misconduct in 2008 and 2009.

Ms Scaffidi reportedly accepted a US$36,826 hospitality package of flights, accommodation and tickets to the closing ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics from BHP Billiton and did not disclose it on her gift register.

Mr Barker said the local government sector carried a burden of dishonourable behaviour for every day Ms Scaffidi remained in office.

“The (Local Government Minister Tony Simpson), however, needs to show leadership and that he expects the principles of proper conduct to be upheld by those of us who are covered by the Act he administers,” he said.

“Failing the Lord Mayor resigning, the minister needs to sack her.”

Ms Scaffidi defended her actions in a statement last week, saying she would “absolutely do it all again”.

“Before accepting this invitation I sought the advice of the then City of Perth chief executive who supported my decision to accept this invitation as an ambassador for city and state. I accept I failed to comply with the relevant provisions of the Local Government Act, and for that I am truly and deeply apologetic,” Ms Scaffidi said. “

WA Local Government Association (WALGA) president Lynn Craigie said the report served as a timely reminder to local government representatives to ensure they were complying with statutory provisions.

Ms Scaffidi did not respond to questions before deadline.