Scaffidi hearing may go public

PERTH lord mayor Lisa Scaffidi and the local government department have failed to reach  agreement during mediation at the State Administrative Tribunal.

The department’s now in charge of prosecuting Ms Scaffidi over failing to declare gifts and travel, and the mediation was intended to prevent the issue going to a full public SAT hearing.

Ms Scaffidi has publicly maintained no wrongdoing, variously blaming poor practices at the city, the media and bad advice from staff (though a media release from CEO Martin Mileham earlier this year disputed that explanation).

A second round of mediation is due in November.

And while Ms Scaffidi has found an ally in new local government minister Paul Miles who’s backed her on a couple of issues lately, Opposition leader Mark McGowan says Labor will sack the whole council if elected in March, saying it’s too “dysfunctional” and commissioners need appointing.

by DAVID BELL

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