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Council considers Harris stance

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The City of Perth council will vote this week on whether to remove a plaque dedicated to Australian entertainer and convicted child abuser Rolf Harris.

The plaque, located in the heart of Perth’s CBD, commemorates Harris’s achievements as an entertainer.

A motion is set to go before Perth council on Tuesday night asking for the plaque to be removed, due to “community concerns relating to the guilty verdicts relating to Rolf Harris”.

Harris was convicted earlier this month to more than five years’ jail for indecently assaulting four girls in the UK between 1968 and 1986.

Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has previously voiced her personal support for the plaque’s removal, but the motion needs an absolute majority of votes to pass.

The plaque, one of 150 embedded in the footpath of busy St Georges Terrace, is located in front of the Bank West building.

The move follows a string of other organisations in Harris’s hometown seeking to purge their public spaces of any record of the convicted child sex offender, once affectionately referred to as the “Boy from Bassendean”.

Bassendean council earlier voted to strip him of all honours and remove his art and a commemorative plaque from display following his conviction.

But the same night the council voted to remove it the commemorative footpath plaque was stolen.

It had earlier been vandalised.

The WA Education Department has also confirmed Perth Modern School, where Harris was a student, would remove his artwork from its walls.

Two murals painted by Harris at the Alice Springs School of the Air and backstage at the Araluen Arts Centre have also been hidden from view.

Edith Cowan University’s council is to decide on whether to strip Harris of his honorary doctorate next month.