Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi appeals disqualification

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Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has lodged an appeal against hr disqualification from public office. Picture: Steve Ferrier.

DEFIANT Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has lodged an appeal and court application to put a halt on her 18-month disqualification from public office for repeatedly failing to disclose accommodation and travel gifts.

The State Administrative Tribunal ruled Ms Scaffidi had breached the Local Government Act 45 times by not disclosing the gifts, and handed down the disqualification penalty on Monday, to take effect at midnight on Thursday.

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday received an application for a stay of the penalty, as well as an application for an expedited appeal hearing.

The applications will be heard in the WA Court of Appeal on Thursday.

A separate appeal was previously lodged against the SAT findings.

Ms Scaffidi has admitted five breaches, including accepting a BHP Billiton-funded $US24,000 package to the Beijing Olympics that she didn’t reveal in her annual return.

The SAT found Ms Scaffidi has been grossly careless and her apologies appeared to be “simply empty words”.

The tribunal also criticised Ms Scaffidi for blaming others and said both general and personal deterrence were important considerations in handing down the penalty.

Ms Scaffidi did not attend the hearing on Monday but said in a statement that she would continue the legal fight to keep her job.

Both the premier and opposition leader have repeatedly called for Ms Scaffidi to quit, while potential candidates are already lining up to take over.

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