Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi to face directions hearing this morning into breaches of Local Govt Act

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

THE long-running matter of Lisa Scaffidi’s gift declarations will reach its penultimate stage this morning as the Perth Lord Mayor faces a directions hearing at the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

Last Tuesday Ms Scaffidi was found to have committed 45 serious breaches of the Local Government Act through the failure to properly declare gifts and third party contributions to her travel expenses.

Ms Scaffidi had previously admitted to five breaches and sought to contest the other 40 at a two-day hearing before the Tribunal.

At the decision last Tuesday the Lord Mayor was not present, but SAT expects all parties to attend directions hearings.

The hearing will set the date of a penalty hearing for Ms Scaffidi.

The head of the three-person panel that presided over Ms Scaffidi’s hearing in April, Justice Jeremy Curthoys, said last week it was in the best interests of all involved to resolve the matter as soon as possible, suggesting the date of the penalty hearing will be set sooner rather than later.

Premier Mark McGowan, Opposition Leader Mike Nahan, legal academic Julie Crews and Perth councillors Reece Harley and Jemma Green have called on the Lord Mayor to resign.

The hearing will begin at 9.15am in Room 4.08.

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