‘Deeply disappointed’ Josh Frydenberg weighs in on Tim Smith’s future in politics
Federal Treasurer and member for Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg, has condemned Victorian Liberal Tim Smith for his “completely unacceptable” behaviour on the weekend.
Kew MP Tim Smith quit as shadow attorney-general in disgrace after colliding with another car in Hawthorn on Saturday night, and returning an evidentiary breath test reading of 0.131.
Mr Smith’s position as the member for the safe Liberal seat of Kew is now under threat.
Mr Frydenberg says the drink-driving incident “completely unacceptable”.
“Obviously I’m deeply disappointed,” the Federal Treasurer and member for Kooyong told Ross and Russel.
“Anybody who drink drives is not only engaging in dangerous conduct but it’s completely unacceptable and it’s not without consequence.
“As you know he’s stood down from the shadow cabinet and I think that was the right thing to do.”
Mr Frydenberg, who is a close colleague of Mr Smith, has not insisted the Kew MP should remain in State Parliament.
“He’ll make his own decisions about his own future but he is the member for Kew. He’s got responsibilities in the local community and that falls within the broader federal electorate of Kooyong, so I’ll continue to work with him but I have also made it very clear that conduct was very disappointing and is unacceptable,” he said.
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