Department seeks Scaffidi suspension

LAWYERS for the Local Government Department are calling for a six-month suspension for lord mayor Lisa Scaffidi for not declaring travel and gift contributions.

Their request for a hefty penalty was based on Ms Scaffidi doling out blame to others and their contention that she could commit the same breaches again.

Ms Scaffidi’s lawyer Steven Penglis asked for any suspension to be suspended, which would mean delayed indefinitely, because the breaches were due to carelessness and not scurrilous intent.

The three-member State Administrative Tribunal hearing the case retired to consider the penalty, and no date’s been set for them to hand down their decision.

In the meantime Ms Scaffidi is appealing the SAT’s finding of breaches in the supreme court.

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