UPDATE: Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has hit out at her detractors in a statement after being found guilty of breaching the Local Government Act 45 times.
Ms Scaffidi responded to the verdict in the statement, issued three hours after it was handed down.
“I begin by referring you to paragraph 75 which confirms there was no corruption myself and that contributions made to me were in any way an attempt to exert improper influence,” she wrote.
“Given the extensive ciriticism by so many that I have endured since May 2015 this reaffirmation (which is conveniently overlooked by many) is more important to me than ANY number of findings.
“If only once the details of why I travelled and where were ever discussed then maybe the public at large would understand the travel was about the promotion of Perth … exactly the type of travel a dedicated Lord Mayor should be undertaking.
“As I have maintained from the outset I did nothing dishonestly but I accept I had not disclosed appropriately as it was interpreted as all being in the line of duty.
“Notwithstanding that the City of Perth clearly knew of all travel and that is clear in the findings.
“I have always acknowledged that a penalty needs to be imposed – the issue remains what the appropriate penalty will be.”
— Lisa-M Scaffidi (@LisaScafPerthLM) May 9, 2017
PERTH Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi was found guilty of 45 breaches of the Local Government Act this morning.
The head of the State Administrative Tribunal panel that presided over the Lord Mayor’s two-day hearing, Justice Jeremy Curthoys, said the Tribunal had concluded that in addition to the five breaches Ms Scaffidi had admitted, she had committed a further 40 breaches.
The breaches arose from Ms Scaffidi’s failure to declare a number of gifts, including third party contributions to her travel expenses.
The gifts included a hospitality package to the Beijing Olympics paid for by BHP-Billiton.
Ms Scaffidi was not present at the hearing this morning.
A directions hearing on the matter will be held on May 16.
The Lord Mayor’s penalty is yet to be decided.
After the finding was brought down Premier Mark McGowan called on the Lord Mayor to resign immediately.
“She needs to step down in the interests of the City of Perth… and in the interest of the people of WA. It’s time for her to stand down,” Mr McGowan said.
Opposition Leader Mike Nahan also called on Ms Scaffidi to stand down.
“The WA Liberals have waited for due process to occur. Now that the SAT has made this finding, we call on Ms Scaffidi to resign,” he said in a statement.