Tearful Lisa Scaffidi tells hearing into Local Govt Act breaches the past three years have been ‘worst time of her life’

Lisa Scaffidi faces a seven month suspension while already suspended along with the rest of Perth council.
Lisa Scaffidi faces a seven month suspension while already suspended along with the rest of Perth council.

CITY of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has told through tears how the last three years have been “the worst time of my life”.

Ms Scaffidi is facing a State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) penalty hearing today regarding her 19 breaches of the Local Government Act.

State lawyer Carol Thatcher pressed Ms Scaffidi about comments she made in the media which seemingly contradicted her statement to SAT regarding her understanding of the legislation.

Ms Scaffidi also confirmed the statement was filed later than the January 12 deadline.

Ms Thatcher questioned Ms Scaffidi about a trip to Japan that was not properly declared as per the Local Government Act, which requires the name and address of the person giving a gift.

Ms Scaffidi acknowledged the City of Perth form did not have a section for the address and she would bring it up with staff later today.

Ms Scaffidi was moved to tears while giving evidence and said the last three years had been “a very emotional ride”.

She said she had “come a long way” in her understanding of the legislation and “nowadays declares everything”.

When the hearing broke for a lunch break, Ms Scaffidi declined to speak to media.

The hearing is set to resume at 2pm today in which City of Perth manager of governance Mark Ridgwell will speak as a witness.

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