Lisa Scaffidi suspended as Perth Lord Mayor for seven months

Lisa Scaffidi has been suspended as Perth’s Lord Mayor for seven months over breaches of the Local Government Act relating to a failure to declare gifts and travel worth tens of thousands of dollars.

The State Administrative Tribunal today published findings of an investigation into Mrs Scaffidi’s failure to declare payments for travel and accommodation costs a on a series of overseas and domestic trips.In total, the tribunal found Ms Scaffidi had seriously breached the act 19 times.

The travel in question included a BHP-funded trip to the Beijing Olympics for Mrs Scaffidi and her husband Joe — a $36,000 jaunt including business-class flights that took place in 2008.

There was also a three-night accommodation package at the upmarket Cable Beach Club Resort in Broome courtesy of Hawaiian Property Investments and a hospitality package for the prestigious Leeuwin concert in Margaret River, including two nights’ accommodation, also paid for by BHP Billiton.

She also failed to disclose accommodation and travel costs for trips to other cities in countries including China, the United States, Scotland, South Korea, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

Source: Lisa Scaffidi suspended as Perth Lord Mayor for seven months – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)