Long-serving Nick Xenophon Team MLC John Darley has quit the identity-party, seeking to go it alone as an independent until the expiry of his term in 2022. Mr Darley cited differences between he and Mr Xenophon as the reason he left the party that put him in the parliament in November 2007 in the wake of Mr Xenophon leaving his state seat to run for the senate.
Mr Xenophon also fell out with his other state MP, Ann Bressington MLC, in that same month - November 2007 - as she became an independent over her differences with Mr Xenophon.
Australian Conservatives MP Robert Brokenshire (pictured) said he was not surprised to hear of Mr Darley’s resignation, but believed Mr Darley would maintain his position opposing the bank tax.
“Mr Darley is a man of his word and I would expect him to stick with us in that vote,” Mr Brokenshire said, “It’s no surprise to me at all (that Mr Darley has resigned from the party). The problem with the Nick Xenophon Team that people have been fooled by is that it’s not a team, it’s controlled by Mr Xenophon and it’s all about populist policy. Mr Darley would have found it difficult to accept that.”
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