Australian Conservatives MPs have questioned Senator Nick Xenophon's political legacy as the senator declared his return to South Australian politics, declaring he would soon quit the senate.
Senator Xenophon faces a potential High Court judgement against his senate eligibility on citizenship grounds later this month, and declared on Friday he would resign from the senate to contest the South Australian seat of Hartley in the March 2018 state election.
Australian Conservatives senator for South Australia, Cory Bernardi, told The Australian newspaper the future could be difficult for Mr Xenophon's eponymous federal party representatives, saying "If you’ve got no tie that binds them together except a personality, it’s easy to fracture."
State Conservatives MLC Rob Brokenshire told The Advertiser newspaper Senator Xenophon was a populist who had repeatedly aligned with the Greens, asking "It’s time the public thought about … what does he achieve apart from populism?"
Mark Kenny observed in the Fairfax press that Mr Xenophon is one of a long line of prominent Federal politicians from a relatively small state, like Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi.
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