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Question Without Notice No. 77 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 May 2017 by Hon Liz Behjat

Minister responding: Hon D.A. Templeman
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 18 May 2017

CITY OF PERTH — CLOTHING ALLOWANCE
      77. Hon LIZ BEHJAT to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Local Government:
I refer to the minister's comments in the house on 12 October 2016 about the City of Perth's extravagant and ridiculous clothing allowance policy.
      (1) Given the minister's apparent concerns with this policy, will he be seeking to abolish the clothing allowance?
(2) If yes to (1), when does the minister anticipate that the changes will be put in place?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
On behalf of the Leader of the House, I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1)–(2) I am advised that the City of Perth currently has a policy for reimbursement of expenses, which allows elected members to claim reimbursement of clothing, apparel, dry-cleaning, personal presentation and incidental costs associated with a member's attendance at council-related functions and activities. The Local Government Act 1995 allows for the reimbursement of expenses incurred by a council member in performing functions under the express authority of the local government. This issue will form part of the review of the Local Government Act.