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Hamilton-Smith's legacy? On Tuesday we took you through the career of perpetual malcontent Martin Hamilton-Smith, who went from a South Australian Liberal opposition leader, to an "Independent Liberal" holding a ministerial portfolio in a Labor government, to shilling for Nick Xenophon's SA Best party. Hamilton-Smith happily recounted some of his career highlights in the press release announcing that he would not be recontesting the seat of Waite in the upcoming election, and Premier Jay Weatherill said Hamilton-Smith had made an “outstanding contribution” to the state. One person who may not be quite so happy with the Hamilton-Smith's legacy is Duncan McFetridge. McFetridge also ditched the South Australian Liberals and was also planning to run as an "Independent Liberal" in the upcoming election -- but under new laws, which may as well have been passed with Hamilton-Smith in mind, he would have to get written permission from his former employers to do so.