Xenophon quits as senator, names controversial replacement

Nick Xenophon has resigned from the senate and changed the name of his party.

Xenophon resigns as senator

Nick Xenophon has officially resigned from the senate, changed the name of his party and named senior adviser Rex Patrick as his replacement.

Xenophon announced in a statement on Tuesday that he was “now Citizen X, not Senator X,” in a statement on Tuesday.

The former senator was only last week cleared by the High Court of any dual citizenship issues, but had previously announced his intention to step aside and return to state politics in South Australia.

Xenophon will now contest the seat of Hartley in the South Australian election in March next year, with some polls having him comfortably ahead as the preferred premier of the state.

A privately commissioned Galaxy poll recently had the Liberals on 31 per cent for the state election, with Xenophon’s newly-named SA Best party a close second on 30 per cent and Labor on 26 per cent.

The state-wide poll of 806 voters had Xenophon as the preferred premier with 41 per cent support, compared with the Labor premier, Jay Weatherill, and the opposition leader, Steven Marshall, both on 21 per cent support.

Xenophon’s replacement in the Senate, Mr Patrick, has caused plenty of controversy in his time as an adviser to Xenophon.

The Turnbull Government was forced to review Mr Patrick’s security clearance after revelations he told the media about a massive security breach at the French firm building Australia's new submarines.

That leak triggered an international furore that embarrassed India and the French government-owned submarine builder DCNS.

What do you think of Nick Xenophon’s time in parliament? Do you think he could get enough support to become the next South Australian Premier? Would this be a good thing?

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    1st Nov 2017
    9:56am
    You really don"t know how Xenophon would go with ultimate power but I had heard he is not that interested in being Premier but I guess that could change?
    However I know most South Australians want rid of Weatherill who they see as a complete idiot.
    He cut most of the power to there state several times last year clearly his energy policies are not working I think that on its own will remove him.
    Placido
    1st Nov 2017
    11:12am
    So Weatherill, caused the storms that caused the biggest black out and the energy bodies delayed supplying p[ower to SA that could have avoided another major blackout.

    If you read what is actually happening in SA with power upgrades and changes you will see that SA is clearly out in front with energy policies (for a start they HAVE ONE)

    The Liberal party sold off ETSA and were the underlying cause of most of SA electricty price rises and maintenance issues. Privatisation for utilities is NOT the way to go.
    Placido
    1st Nov 2017
    11:12am
    So Weatherill, caused the storms that caused the biggest black out and the energy bodies delayed supplying p[ower to SA that could have avoided another major blackout.

    If you read what is actually happening in SA with power upgrades and changes you will see that SA is clearly out in front with energy policies (for a start they HAVE ONE)

    The Liberal party sold off ETSA and were the underlying cause of most of SA electricty price rises and maintenance issues. Privatisation for utilities is NOT the way to go.
    maelcolium
    1st Nov 2017
    11:48am
    With all due respect to you Roby, you are talking out of your arse.

    It was Olsen of the LNP who sold off the SA energy and water assets put in place by Tom Playford when he turned SA from a wheat farm into an industrial state that made cars and steel. It was too late by the time the ALP were returned to do anything about it and boy, have we suffered ever since.

    With respect to Weatherill, he was delivered a shit sandwich when he took over as Premier and has done a pretty good job under the citcumstances. Yes, he can go apeshit at some of the dumbclucks like Frydenburg who is an outright liar and Turnbull who is full of his own name, but people in SA like that from a leader who is not scared to call a spade. Despite the issues, he will have the battery backup in place this summer courtesy of Musk and will close that stupid desal plant put in by his predecessors at great cost. He is also transitioning SA towards smaller industrial clusters out of the car industry debacle and by the way, has been responsible for building the only public hospital in Australia built in the last ten years. He was also the first Premier to step in when the Abbot feds cancelled the pensioner concessions on rates and power amid a whole bunch of other things that doesn't get printed by the Murdoch press. So yeah, Roby, he ain't perfect, but other than Victoria, he is the best thing we have had as a leader in the last twenty years.

    With respect to Mr X, he had some great opportunities in the federal Senate and just did stupid side deals allowing bad legislation to be passed. He gets bored quickly, so I wouldn't put too much faith in his political skills which take time to grow policies. For a Premier he makes a great comedian, but is that what we need? As far as being the balance of power - well, all I can say is look at his record in the federal arena. What a joke.

    You can go back to ingesting the crap you read in the Murdoch rags now Roby. All the best buddy.
    maelcolium
    1st Nov 2017
    11:48am
    With all due respect to you Roby, you are talking out of your arse.

    It was Olsen of the LNP who sold off the SA energy and water assets put in place by Tom Playford when he turned SA from a wheat farm into an industrial state that made cars and steel. It was too late by the time the ALP were returned to do anything about it and boy, have we suffered ever since.

    With respect to Weatherill, he was delivered a shit sandwich when he took over as Premier and has done a pretty good job under the citcumstances. Yes, he can go apeshit at some of the dumbclucks like Frydenburg who is an outright liar and Turnbull who is full of his own name, but people in SA like that from a leader who is not scared to call a spade. Despite the issues, he will have the battery backup in place this summer courtesy of Musk and will close that stupid desal plant put in by his predecessors at great cost. He is also transitioning SA towards smaller industrial clusters out of the car industry debacle and by the way, has been responsible for building the only public hospital in Australia built in the last ten years. He was also the first Premier to step in when the Abbot feds cancelled the pensioner concessions on rates and power amid a whole bunch of other things that doesn't get printed by the Murdoch press. So yeah, Roby, he ain't perfect, but other than Victoria, he is the best thing we have had as a leader in the last twenty years.

    With respect to Mr X, he had some great opportunities in the federal Senate and just did stupid side deals allowing bad legislation to be passed. He gets bored quickly, so I wouldn't put too much faith in his political skills which take time to grow policies. For a Premier he makes a great comedian, but is that what we need? As far as being the balance of power - well, all I can say is look at his record in the federal arena. What a joke.

    You can go back to ingesting the crap you read in the Murdoch rags now Roby. All the best buddy.
    Janran
    1st Nov 2017
    11:57am
    Yes, Placido, seeing those 22 huge power towers blown over in a freak storm (perhaps caused by Climate Change, ironically), it seemed like the obvious cause of the blackouts. It didn't matter how many gas or coal-fired power stations were feeding the grid, there would still have been a huge blackout with those towers down.

    And you're also correct that SA are leading the way with their energy policy, which includes a huge battery for baseload energy FED BY RENEWABLE POWER generation. YAY! A REAL solution, for the first time. This battery will be up and running by early next month.
    Anonymous
    1st Nov 2017
    12:04pm
    so PLacido and maelcolium two dickheads from South Aust do you keep needing to repeat yourself just keep voting socialist that will stuff the country and oh don"t forget to get your pensions
    Kaz
    1st Nov 2017
    12:41pm
    Roby, you just revealed yourself to be like the current govt - no vision, no social conscience, no evidence
    TREBOR
    1st Nov 2017
    10:27am
    Told the media about a massive security breach at the French firm building our subs?

    Sounds more like having the security clearance reviewed is a threat not to be a whistle blower to me, but I'll wait on the performance of any politician before deciding if they have any merit.

    Not sure how India got into this one, but how could it be bad if it embarrassed the Frogs and the Indians when the problem was theirs? They embarrassed themselves by having the security breach.

    SA sounds greatly in need of something these days, with the car plant closures and such creating death unemployment for generations (creating the problem as opposed to just blaming the victims), and generating a welfare state.
    Rae
    1st Nov 2017
    6:38pm
    We all need something but with the French, Chinese, Indians and US owning all our assets I doubt we'll get anything.

    There must be billions of Australian dollars bleeding out of the country now.

    1st Nov 2017
    12:08pm
    Under Senate rules, Rex Patrick is entitled to be Xenophon's replacement assuming his citizenship is in order. Why does YLC single out this appointment when it remained conspicuously silent when other controversial appointments were made.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/shorten-has-erred-in-backing-new-senator-kimberley-kitching-20161014-gs2l6n.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberley_Kitching
    Eddy
    2nd Nov 2017
    10:25am
    Actually, Mr X cannot name his replacement, it is up to the SA Parliament in joint sitting (a problem for Queensland I know). The constitution requires that the replacement be of the same party or grouping as the retiring member, so if the SA Parliament does not endorse Mr X's nominee they can select another of his party who is willing to serve. How about we let the constitutional processes take place before we comment on Mr X's replacement.
    mike
    1st Nov 2017
    1:03pm
    Nick Xenophon stated that Hockey's changes to the assets test would cause hardship to all those seniors who worked and saved whilst rewarding all those who enjoyed life to the fullest and did not work and save. He stated that the changes should be grandfathered to protect all those hard working seniors. He was ignored by both Liberals and Labour and nothing was changed. Now Turnbull , realising he is losing the Senior's vote has re instated the PCC to ONLY those 92000 who lost it on 1st January, thinking he only needs 92000 votes to stay in power, but is ignoring the other 560000 seniors who lost or will lose their PCC after the 1st January. So if you had less than $817000 on 1st of January you lost your PCC later in the year, BUT IF YOU HAD MORE THAN $817000 you had it reinstated. This is unfair and discriminatory, but it also shows small parties such as Nick Xenophone's have abolutely no power to change what needs to be changed
    KSS
    1st Nov 2017
    1:23pm
    Umm.... you can't lose what you never had mike.
    Anonymous
    1st Nov 2017
    4:01pm
    There is no "Labour" party in Australia. Presumably you mean Labor?
    Eddy
    2nd Nov 2017
    10:43am
    DrPolymath don't be such a pedant; spell it whichever way you like Mike.
    I am not American so I use the traditional spelling. Same reason as I do not write CHECKS, I write CHEQUES, and the last letter of my alphabet is ZED not ZEE, and I measure in LITRES not LITERS. Just because the ALP want to Americanise our language is no reason for me to discard my cultural and language heritage.
    Blossom
    1st Nov 2017
    2:24pm
    ETSA was Semi Government at one stage. The General Public could purchase Debentures which paid a good interest rate. My brother and I were given ETSA as part of our 21 birthday presents in the 1970s. My parents also had some. However, when they matured we were not allowed to renew them. It was long before the SA Government sold ETSA off or even talked about it.
    Rae
    1st Nov 2017
    6:41pm
    Australia was once a rich nation when we owned these utilities and service providers. Some other country is making the profit now.

    1st Nov 2017
    3:57pm
    What a shame. Xenophon was one of the very few decent politicians in Australian politics.
    Anonymous
    1st Nov 2017
    4:37pm
    HAH !
    Canman
    2nd Nov 2017
    9:00am
    Double HAH!!
    arbee
    3rd Nov 2017
    2:02pm
    I realize you wrote this a couple of days ago before today's breaking news, but have a look at Adelaide's 7 new's article with Jenny Low, a former staffer of Zenophons with whom he had a relationship. Going by what she said there wasn't much decency about him then, not to mention him being in his late 40's then and her just over 20 and very impressionable. There is not much worse than someone in a position of power taking advantage of a young girl. His reputation is now very tarnished.
    floss
    1st Nov 2017
    6:24pm
    GOOD ONE MIKE, the two R s are at it again but R is for rabbit.
    Anonymous
    1st Nov 2017
    8:28pm
    Yes Floss we hate you scumbag commys buggered the country up Try euthanasia we would all be better offor it.
    arbee
    3rd Nov 2017
    2:05pm
    If you think Zenophon is so great have a look at the interview with his former staffer, Jenny Low on Adelaide's channel 7 today. Shows him for what he truly is.