It seems that former senator Nick Xenophon wants to have his cake and to eat it too, keeping a foot firmly in Canberra on taxpayers' money while campaigning to win seats in the South Australian parliament.
The Adelaide Advertiser newspaper reported today that soon after Mr Xenophon had resigned from the senate, he had taken up a job working for his former staffer, Senator Patrick.
SA Conservatives MLC Robert Brokenshire says it is outrageous that a man who decided he didn't want to be a senator for SA should set himself up on $80,000 a year so he can keep pulling the strings in the senate while running around SA campaigning for the state election.
South Australian senator and Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi tweeted:
UPDATE (17 November): Speaking with the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper, Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi called on Mr Xenophon to resign from his staffer job.
“I think this is entirely inappropriate,” he said. “This is a man who has spent 20 years in Parliament claiming he needs a taxpayer funded job to help pay the bills.”