Tim Smith to quit politics at next election after drink-driving car crash

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Throughout the first year of the pandemic, when then-opposition leader Michael O’Brien was struggling to gain political traction against a dominant Premier Daniel Andrews, Mr Smith was unrelenting in his support for Mr Guy to return to the job.

At times, Mr Smith wanted the leadership for Mr Guy more than Mr Guy wanted it for himself.

Bittersweet: Opposition Leader Matthew Guy.Credit:Eddie Jim

But having helped install Mr Guy as leader two months ago, Mr Smith couldn’t convince Mr Guy to throw his own career a lifeline.

Mr Smith lost control of his car on a Hawthorn street after abruptly leaving a gathering at the home of barrister Stuart Wood. Mr Smith failed a breath test.

He stood down as shadow attorney-general, apologised for his “serious error of judgment” and said he was surprised to be over the limit after drinking “a few” glasses of wine.

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This explanation did not square with Mr Smith’s blood-alcohol reading of 0.131, which is…

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