Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

The disgraced Victorian Liberal MP Tim Smith will not resign from parliament, but will take some time to “reflect” on his career after being involved in a drunken car accident.

Liberal MP Tim Smith has announced he will not resign after being involved in a car accident while driving under the influence of alcohol to more than double the legal alcohol limit.

Despite campaigning against other MPs who have been involved in alcohol-related incidents, he told reporters on Wednesday that he would continue to work in parliament.

“I will not resign from Parliament and I will spend the next few weeks reflecting on my career and my life,” he said.

Smith was remorseful during media appearances, but questioned whether his mistakes justified the end of his political career.

“This is the worst thing that has ever happened in my life, it’s the dumbest decision I’ve ever made and I’m so sorry,” the Kew member said.

“Does a mistake mean a career is over forever?”

Earlier this week, Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy announced he did not want Mr Smith to nominate for the next election, adding that he did not want a seat on his front bench.

“I made it very clear to Tim that he would not find his way to the front bench of any parliamentary liberal party that I lead,” Mr Guy said on Tuesday.

“I made it clear that I did not want him to nominate at the next election … for the seat in Kew.”

Despite the much-publicized comments, Mr Smith would not confirm whether his party leader told him not to resume competition at the next election, saying only that he was told to “reflect” on his future.

“Advice has been given that I need to reflect,” Smith said.

“I do not want to undermine the sanctity of a private conversation.

“I reflect on my position as MP for Kew and whether I seek approval or not.”

Smith went on to avoid questions from reporters about whether he was asked by Mr Guy not to run again in next year’s election.

“He’s not lying, he’s asked me to reflect,” he said.

The Kew member said his friendship with Mr Guy remained intact despite the conflicting messages.

“I have deeply failed him professionally, also personally, but I hope I can make up for it,” he said.

Guy openly confirmed that there were no excuses for his drunk driving, calling it a “really stupid decision” and adding that he could understand the anger of the public.

The disgraced MP announced that he would abstain from alcohol as long as he was involved in public life, while admitting that he had been drinking too much over the past 18 months.

“This is probably the most humiliating, embarrassing, humiliating, selfish experience of my life and this will change me dramatically, I will never ever drink again,” he said.

“If I stay in public life, I’ll never touch a drop again.”

Saturday night, Mr. Smith was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.131 after colliding with another car before driving through a fence in a Hawthorn home.

No one was injured in the accident.

The Liberal MP had been to a friend’s home for dinner for a few hours and said he only had “a few glasses of wine” before deciding to drive home.

He said he had “apologized violently” to the family whose fence he was driving through and offered to pay for the damage.


By Victor

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