Tribunal into Perth Lord Mayor’s travel disclosures hears of more instances after she admits not properly registering gifts

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi. Picture: Giovanni Torre
Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi. Picture: Giovanni Torre

PERTH Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi conceded today that she did not properly disclose three significant gifts involving travel and accommodation.

Earlier today, it was revealed the Lord Mayor had discussed travel arrangements by email, including in case she subsequently failed to disclose the funding.

The Tribunal heard that a number of her annual returns included incorrect dating or failed to list the addresses of donors.

Her returns frequently did not include contributions towards travel, and under questioning the Lord Mayor accepted that she had not been careful in filling out her annual returns.

Several other examples of travel in which expenses were completely or partially covered by a third party, and then no disclosure of contributions to travel made in the Lord Mayor’s annual returns, were raised, including trips to Norway, Scotland, and Houston, Texas.

A representative from the State Solicitors Office, acting on behalf of the Department of Local Government, asked the Lord Mayor why she had not made inquiries into who was paying for her travel before filing her annual returns.

“You chose to remain ignorant… as long as somebody was paying,” she said to Ms Scaffidi.

The Lord Mayor maintained she had “not turned” her mind to the matter.

Ms Scaffidi’s lawyer Steven Penglis asked the Lord Mayor to describe her typical day, including the amount of correspondence she received.

The Lord Mayor painted a picture of a hectic day, with “at least 300” emails per day landing in her inbox.

After the day adjourned, Ms Scaffidi said outside the SAT that she was “going through a process” and would not “give a personal opinion now”.

Both sides will make their closing statements tomorrow.

The hearing is being adjudicated by a panel of three.