Oct 6, 2017

The many publicity stunts of Nick Xenophon

Outgoing federal Senator Nick Xenophon was a master at the political photo opp.

Sally Whyte — Political reporter

Sally Whyte

Political reporter

South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon announced this morning that he will quit federal Parliament in order to run for the lower house seat of Hartley in the next South Australian election. While my colleague Bernard Keane looks at Xenophon's policy legacy and what comes next for the Senate crossbench, it's also a chance to look back at Xenophon's other legacy: the perfect photo opp stunt.

The citizenship announcement

Perhaps his last big federal photo stunt (apart from today, of course) Xenophon held a press conference to announce that he was a dual citizen -- not of Greece but of the UK. He marked the occasion by drinking a pint of Guinness.

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3 thoughts on “The many publicity stunts of Nick Xenophon

  1. Duncan Gilbey

    Really looking forward to getting him back.
    Really, really looking forward to it.
    No, seriously…

  2. AR

    One photo missing here is him wearing a sandwich board in Rundle (any relation? I think we should be tolled…) Mall after the 2013 election, when he blitzed the SA Senate count,with the words, “Thanks for Voting for me”.
    Anyone recall any other politician ever getting out of the Commonwealth car to do something like that, thanking those who enabled their luxuriant lifestyle?

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