City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi refuses to quit, issues challenge to Premier

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.
Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.

CITY of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has refused to resign after being requested to do so by Premier Mark McGowan, essentially issuing a challenge that he sack her.

Ms Scaffidi called a snap press conference for 4.30pm this afternoon to respond to a letter she received from Mr McGowan asking her to step down as Lord Mayor.

Instead of stepping aside, Ms Scaffidi doubled down, accusing the Premier of playing “politics at its lowest”.

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She suggested the Premier did not have the power to sack a member of council and accused him of “interfering with local government”, and also accused him of “being unprofessional by conducting conversation via the media”.

Ms Scaffidi also mentioned projects she would like to discuss with the State Government, including boosting economic diversity, before rounding on the media for discussing “travel rorts”.

She denied the recent Local Government Standards Panel finding against her and two councillors showed the council was dysfunctional.