Expenses crackdown

STATE-appointed commissioners in charge of Perth council want a further clampdown on councillors’ allowances and expenses.

Under a draft policy the three commissioners have released for consultation, councillors would get a phone and IT allowance, and childcare expenses up to $25 per hour while attending authorised functions.

They would only be allow to travel business class if a flight was more than three hours long.

Cash for clothes, dry cleaning and personal presentation would be dumped.

Up until last year councillors could be reimbursed up to $13,360 a year for clothes, shoes and appearance-related services.

Councillors Reece Harley, Steve Hasluck and Jemma Green thought that out of line with public expectations and wanted it scrapped, but their colleagues would only accept a compromise limit set at $3000.

You can have your say at engage.perth.wa.gov.au until 5pm on Friday August 17.

by DAVID BELL

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