Ex-Liberal MP Tim Smith appears on UK TV, says monarchy is 'increasing in popularity' in Australia
Smith did not contest the 2022 Victorian state election.
Former Victorian Liberal MP Tim Smith says it's "not inevitable" that Australia will become a Republic, and he "doesn't think there's any groundswell of support to remove the head of state".
"The Monarchy is increasing in popularity in Australia," he told UK TV channel GB News.
Smith also said he expects a referendum on becoming a Republic would fail, and "the Republicans can't agree on the model".
The former Member for Kew did not contest last year's state election after crashing his car while drink driving in 2021.
A temporary fence that covered the damage caused by the crash at a Hawthorn property was recently put up for sale.
His Twitter account shows that he moved to London. Before entering state politics at the 2014 Victorian election, he had worked for multiple Conservative MPs in the UK, including interning for Sir David Amess, who was murdered in 2021, and then-shadow Home Secretary David Davis.
The federal government has said no referendum on whether to ditch the monarchy will be held in this term, but one is possible if Labor is re-elected in 2024 or 2025 when the next federal election will be held.
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