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Former Victorian Liberal premier Ted Baillieu says Kew MP Tim Smith has “shattered” his reputation after driving and crashing his car while more than two times over the legal alcohol limit.

Speaking to Virginia Trioli on ABC Radio Melbourne earlier this morning, Mr Baillieu said he expected Mr Smith would decide not to recontest at the next election.

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“He’s got a pretty tough choice to make. It’s been a fairly spectacular implosion for somebody who, let’s say, has been a controversial figure on the Coalition side of politics,” Mr Baillieu said.

“He has imploded, fortunately hasn’t hurt anybody, but I think his reputation is very much shattered and he now has to reflect on his own position. The question he has to ask himself is whether he’s now a liability to the Coalition team, whether he’s a liability to the parliamentary party, whether he’s a liability to the Liberal Party.

“And I think the chances are, he will determine that that liability is unlikely to be lifted, and he may go to the next election but whether he recontests, I think, is a legitimate question.”

Mr Baillieu, who was Victorian premier from 2010 to 2013, said Mr Smith is “somebody who’s played on the front line and it’s now “come full circle”.

Mr Baillieu, who was premier from 2010 to 2013, said Mr Smith is “somebody who’s played hard on the front line.

“And it’s come full circle.”



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