Abbott defends Peta Credlin after her drink-driving offence

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has defended his chief-of-staff Peta Credlin after she was caught drink-driving near her Canberra home last week.

Ms Credlin, who is married to Liberal Party federal director Brian Loughnane, is reported to have recorded a low-range blood alcohol level on Thursday night.

In the Australian Capital Territory a low-range reading is between 0.05 and 0.08.

The matter will now be dealt with by the ACT Magistrates Court.

Mr Abbott said Ms Credlin accepted she had done the "wrong thing".

"But I want to stress this is something that happened in her own time," Mr Abbott said.

Mr Abbott went on to praise Ms Credlin, saying she did an "absolutely outstanding job as my chief-of-staff".



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