Xenophon goes down

Perhaps this particular dual-citizen read the writing on the wall but Nick Xenophon has announced he is resigning from the Senate (perhaps before the High Court can rule that he was never elected).

I think Simon Birmingham has best summed up Xenophon’s contribution:

Nick Xenophon who in 2007 cut and run from the South Australian Parliament just 18 months into an eight-year term saying that state politics was largely irrelevant and all the power resided in Canberra, is now cutting and running from the federal parliament just 12 months into a six-year term and saying he wants to come back to South Australia.

Sounds about right.

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62 Responses to Xenophon goes down

  1. H B Bear

    Good riddance. A blight on the wasteland that is Australian political life. A grifter who will fit right back in to the mendicant failed State of Mainland Tasmania with his pockets bulging with taxpayer largesse.

  2. Robber Baron

    He is a multi-millionaire. No politician owns more properties than him.

  3. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    I’m shocked he is not going into private enterprise and risking his own capital.

  4. zyconoclast

    the tax mooching never ends.

  5. Frank

    Is it true that he is a slumlord?

  6. stackja

    Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeo_Danaos_et_dona_ferentes
    “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes” is a Latin phrase from Aeneid (II, 49), written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC. It has been paraphrased in English as the proverb “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”. Its literal meaning is “I fear the Danaans [Greeks], even those bearing gifts” or “even when they bear gifts”.

  7. Terry

    Australia’s very own swamp draining started not by a reformer but a resident reptile. Poetic.

  8. Tel

    The success of Xenophon should not be blamed on South Australians, nor should it be blamed on any flaw in the political process. The blame 100% rests with the major parties which have driven away voters by being incredibly crap.

    Although I’ve never been enthusiastic about Xenophon’s dramatic causes, I am happy to see him able to get leverage (albeit temporary) because if he can do it, anyone else can too.

  9. Mike of Marion

    The prick used Parliamentary Privilege to condemn a SA citizen. Bloody gutless wonder.

  10. H B Bear

    Xylophone’s main claim to fame is getting his head on TV as an expert on closing gates after whatever issue du jour horse has just bolted. He has never seen a problem that can’t be solved with more government and more taxpayer money (not Robinson Crusoe there).

  11. The reality is that NX was responsible for the NBN as ghis was the last vote necessary to pass the legislation. Looks like the government will have to write off $30 Billion and we have 3rd world Internet. Thanks a lot.

  12. Baldrick

    “I was surprised and saddened to learn of Nick Xenophon’s decision to resign from the Senate.
    Although we represent different political points of view, I and other members of the Government have always been able to engage constructively with Senator Xenophon across a range of important legislation.
    On behalf of Government Senators, I take this opportunity to thank him for his service.
    Personally, Nick and I have always got on very well and I have enjoyed his company and quirky sense of humour. I will miss him.”
    Stupid.Fucking.Liberal Senator George Brandis.

  13. Tintarella di Luna

    Stupid.Fucking.Liberal Senator George Brandis.

    And may I add – a fat-headed jelly-jowled oaf

  14. JohnA

    Frank #2516436, posted on October 6, 2017, at 4:41 pm

    Is it true that he is a slumlord?

    Being a benighted citizen of PDR Victoria-stan, I would not know but his behaviour reflects the pattern of what the real estate industry calls a “skip.”

  15. Adelagado

    He’s been a better and more effective senator than all the other Labor and Liberal political careerists that supposedly represent S.A. I suspect you Cats from other states hate him because he actually does get results.

  16. Art Vandelay

    He’s been a better and more effective senator than all the other Labor and Liberal political careerists that

    supposedly represent S.A. I suspect you Cats from other states hate him because he actually does get results.

    Xenophon paints himself as a centrist but is very cagey about his party’s policies. The record shows that he mostly voted with the Greens in the Senate. How many South Australians would realise that they’re voting for a far left crank?

    Xeonophon’s success only comes from shameless self-promotion and not being upfront about his views. That the media are too lazy to investigate him (and the Lib party is incompetent) clearly doesn’t help when it comes to properly informing voters either.

  17. Crossie

    The success of Xenophon should not be blamed on South Australians, nor should it be blamed on any flaw in the political process. The blame 100% rests with the major parties which have driven away voters by being incredibly crap.

    Absolutely.

  18. Crossie

    The reality is that NX was responsible for the NBN as ghis was the last vote necessary to pass the legislation. Looks like the government will have to write off $30 Billion and we have 3rd world Internet. Thanks a lot.

    Isn’t it amazing how much mayhem one man can cause? Thanks to Xenophon we have the Third World internet, Third World electricity supply and prices and Third World politics.

    Nice one, Nick.

  19. Jim Rose

    His four senators will go rogue then.

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Woudln’t have anything to do with the fact that the High Court will hand down their decision as to whether he is eligible to sit in the Senate, some time next week, would it?

  21. Roger

    Isn’t it amazing how much mayhem one man can cause? Thanks to Xenophon we have the Third World internet, Third World electricity supply and prices and Third World politics.

    Nice one, Nick.

    Watch South Australians give him the balance of power.

  22. Adelagado

    Frank Brus
    #2516476, posted on October 6, 2017 at 5:52 pm
    The reality is that NX was responsible for the NBN

    Bullshit. Rudd had a majority in the lower house. To blame one senator in the upper house is just biased nonsense. At best you could say that every elected fuckwit on both sides has been responsible for that mess.

  23. True Aussie

    He needs to pay back every dollar he took from the taxpayer if he is found to be a dual citizen

  24. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Watch South Australians give him the balance of power.

    Truly the people of that state all belong in barrels.

  25. egg_

    Woudln’t have anything to do with the fact that the High Court will hand down their decision as to whether he is eligible to sit in the Senate, some time next week, would it?

    Just a mere coincidence…

  26. H B Bear

    Watch South Australians give him the balance of power.

    Mainland Tasmania’s very own Winston Peters. The next election will lead to a buying frenzy with more borrowed money and Cth transfers in an effort to buy Xylophone’s vote. Good luck croweaters you are going to need it.

    Actually it is other Australian taxpayers who will take it up the arse as this failed State’s GST distribution will climb from $1.43 to God knows what. Mainland Tasmania’s gerrymander will simply be replaced by a kleptocracy.

  27. egg_

    Xylophone’s main claim to fame is getting his head on TV as an expert on closing gates after whatever issue du jour horse has just bolted.

    Typical grandstanding lawyer.

  28. Tintarella di Luna

    Alfalfa’s summation was quite accurate given his usual blather.

  29. Dan Dare

    All is now clear egg
    Lawyer. Grabbit & Runn

  30. Arnost

    Woudln’t have anything to do with the fact that the High Court will hand down their decision as to whether he is eligible to sit in the Senate, some time next week, would it?

    Probably the fact that whatever he does from now allows him to the full Commonwealth parliamentary pension…. and if he then gets one from state SA govt – more sponging from the trough.

  31. Adelagado

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2516616, posted on October 6, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Alfalfa’s summation was quite accurate given his usual blather.

    The Libs in S.A are feeling absolutely crushed by this so of course they are going to throw everything at Xenophon. Nothing they say will be worth listening to.

    The Libs thought that after 16 years they were finally in with a chance at the next election. Now they are actually looking at loosing seats, not gaining them. They have only themselves to blame.

  32. Dan Dare

    Tinta
    Thanks for your descriptions.
    “Fat-headed jelly-jowled oaf”
    Nearly as good as the “Bent-eared” turncoat.

  33. candy

    The weird thing is, he thinks people believe him that this is some long thought out plan to move back to SA politics when it is simply because of the citizenship fright he got.

    He’s a fake.

    I know that because he has never mentioned the pokies for years now. When before it was like the most moral issue in the world to him. A fake.

  34. Peter Castieau

    Xylophone is clearly good at taking opportunity when it is offered up.

    Weathervane is in trouble and between the Libs and Aus Cons you would have thought they had it in the bag.

    Nick jumped in, will lie and cheat like he usually does and hold the balance of power with the filth.

  35. Myrddin Seren

    Nick jumped in, will lie and cheat like he usually does and hold the balance of power with the filth.

    Lotta, lotta, lotta taxpayers’ dollars being blown on naval construction in Adelaide.

    Sitting in the Senate ain’t going to see any of it flowing The Phone’s way. This is plainly a new ‘gold rush’.

  36. Marcus

    Xylophone is clearly good at taking opportunity when it is offered up.

    Weathervane is in trouble and between the Libs and Aus Cons you would have thought they had it in the bag.

    Nick jumped in, will lie and cheat like he usually does and hold the balance of power with the filth.

    There’s no bad outcome there. If Xenophon props up Weatherill (whose party is polling about 28% primary) then he’ll destroy himself and his party within four years and be accountable for every decision Jay makes in the meantime, and while Steven Marshall won’t get to be Premier, there’s at least a 50/50 chance that hed get replaced by someone better. South Australia will continue to go down the drain, but what else is new?

    That said, it would be absolutely hilarious if he got beaten in Hartley.

  37. egg_

    Lotta, lotta, lotta taxpayers’ dollars being blown on naval construction in Adelaide.

    And yet more ruinable$ investment from Global concerns.

  38. Peter Castieau

    Marcus,

    Yes I agree. The outcome is delicious whatever.

    It’s a big problem for Aus Cons. Lotsa votes lost I feel. Not that they deserve it. Just that’s what happens.

  39. H B Bear

    Is Weatherdill on 28% Primary? Thank God for compulsory preferential voting eh? kd wrong was right (for once).

  40. Marcus

    Marcus,

    Yes I agree. The outcome is delicious whatever.

    It’s a big problem for Aus Cons. Lotsa votes lost I feel. Not that they deserve it. Just that’s what happens.

    Not bad for their long-term prospects though, especially in the Senate. They could easily go from three to one next time around, and those seats are going to be filled by someone.

  41. Marcus

    Is Weatherdill on 28% Primary? Thank God for compulsory preferential voting eh? kd wrong was right (for once).

    Not sure how it’s changed since July, but I think the latest is here:

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/galaxy-poll-shows-liberal-leader-steven-marshall-is-now-preferred-premier-over-labor-incumbent-jay-weatherill/news-story/21f8bedf1d1c123eb3ae78da88b0c782

  42. Up The Workers!

    Eligibility…its all Greek to the Xylophone.

    I wonder if they have a spare barrel his size in the Snowtown bank vault, while he is waiting for another seat to come up in the mendicant State of Bryant & Mays?

    Xylophone, Weatherdill, Benny Wong, Sarah Halfwit-Bung, the ghost of Dodgy Don Dunstan and his lurid pink Parliamentary hot-pants, the Adelaide Crows, Southwark beer, the whole State comically supposed to be powered by a ‘Musk battery’ in a gigantic con-job carpet-bag – they don’t have a hell of a lot going for them; in fact they are almost on a par with Victoriastan and every OTHER A.L.P./Brown Movement grossly Maladministered Misgovernment.

  43. egg_

    Mr Bean will be the only remaining toxic dwarf in the Senate?

  44. sdfc

    Xenophon gets two seats for the price of one for his party. He really should go to parliament dressed as a hoplite on his last day in the senate.

  45. Bullshit. Rudd had a majority in the lower house. To blame one senator in the upper house is just biased nonsense. At best you could say that every elected fuckwit on both sides has been responsible for that mess.

    The senate would not have passed the bill if he had voted against it.

  46. Rob MW

    Xenophon goes down

    Good. Fucking cattle hating, self absorbed prick.

  47. Bullshit. Rudd had a majority in the lower house. To blame one senator in the upper house is just biased nonsense. At best you could say that every elected fuckwit on both sides has been responsible for that mess.

    Every Liberal Senator under opposition leader. T Abbott voted against the Bill.

  48. dauf

    I think Malcolm Roberts has nailed Xs contribution to Australia…i can’t think of a single thing that he touched that did not cost the rest of Australia some money.

    Possibly his raison d’etre (gambling) was good…but he hasn’t really achieved much on that. Time to move on then

  49. a reader

    I would say Good Riddance to Xenophone but unfortunately working in South Australia I’m going to have to cop the effects of his nonsense for years to come without being able to have a say on the effect it has on my employment! Weatherdill is hopeless. Marshall is the weakest leader ever. Honestly Don Dunstan would be a better premier that both…and he’s dead

  50. alexnoaholdmate

    Xenophon Goes Down:

    “Oh God, oh God, I’m so fantastic / Thanks to Freddie, I’m a sexual spastic…”

    (You would never get that song released today)

  51. max

    They don’t call it the Athens of the South for nothing.

  52. Texas Jack

    I guess Xenophon will be distressed after copping such a cutting political spray from velvet gloves Birmingham? No doubt he’ll be looking for some safe space to hide. Then again maybe not, what with Brandis showing us all his ability to kick goals for the opposition no matter what the subject with this impressive effort – “I was surprised and saddened to learn of Nick Xenophon’s decision to resign from the Senate”. The clowns in the Liberal Party really couldn’t manage a pissup in a brewery.

  53. Up The Workers!

    The world’s only Xylophone whose tuning could be greatly improved with a well-swung sledgehammer.

  54. Chris M

    How many South Australians would realise that they’re voting for a far left crank?

    I’ve talked to some of his voters, they don’t. He is popular because he is not Lib/Lab and he does stunts and is seen to be enthusiastic and pro-SA. But they have absolutely no idea what his legislative voting record is or what he has achieved. People that despise Greens and may not even like labor will vote for Nick because they have no idea what he is about.

    The Libs thought that after 16 years they were finally in with a chance at the next election

    They are all career politicians very comfortable in opposition and for years have been actually not that keen to win. They are not so ambitious and it is a comfortable wage with little responsibilities or hassles. Winning would entail higher wages but so many headaches given the absolute broken mess they would inherit. I’m sure they figured out it’s not worth it.

    SA Liberals have no conservative vision or principals so to the citizens it really makes little difference who is in, they are same-same.

  55. Up The Workers!

    “Xenophon goes down”… this time on Weatherdill!

    Bonking Billy Short-One and Richard the III’s crowd in Canberra seem to have left him with a bad taste in his mouth.

  56. Yohan

    He has never seen a problem that can’t be solved with more government and more taxpayer money

    Yes.

    Xenophon paints himself as a centrist but is very cagey about his party’s policies. The record shows that he mostly voted with the Greens in the Senate. How many South Australians would realise that they’re voting for a far left crank?

    Yes yes yes yes yes.
    Xenophon’s actual voting record is far left, like the greens. He is a populist of the worst kind, an inner city chardonnay populist.

    Many people in SA vote for him as a protest vote. They have no idea what his positions are, because in the media he presents as a normal populist. He pretends to be for the working class little man and pursues any media coverage that would push this image. He is very clever.

  57. candy

    He pretends to be for the working class little man and pursues any media coverage that would push this image. He is very clever.

    Totally agree, Yohan.
    For some time I thought he was someone unique in Australian politics. He had this pokies issue he was fighting with terrific gusto – at least I thought there is someone with true beliefs. But he has completely and absolutely forgotten it, like Andrew Wilkie.

    It was all nothing, just p*ss and wind like the barber’s cat, as my grannie would have said. I mentioned above, he’s a fake, like his incredibly black hair for a middle aged man. lol. he looks deathly these days.

  58. Yohan

    Xenophon got his start in State politics by being the deciding vote to sell/hold the local water utility (monopoly).

    He then milked his decision out for 3 weeks, giving himself a front page headline every day while ‘deciding’ after much serious ‘deliberation’.

    Ever since, this has been his MO on every issue; use the balance of power to milk more media coverage.

    But in the end his vote is never for the politically hard but correct decision. He always errs to the safe vote, which is the leftist establishment position on everything. He is utterly unprincipled.

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