John Darley (politician)
|Leader of Advance SA|
15 September 2017
|Preceded by||Party established|
|Member of the South Australian
21 November 2007
|Preceded by||Nick Xenophon|
|Valuer-General of South Australia|
c. 2000 – c. 18 March 2006
|Succeeded by||Delfina Lanzilli|
|Born||John Andrew Darley
15 May 1937
|Political party||Advance SA (since 2017)|
|Xenophon Team (2014–2017)
Independent (before 2007–2014; 2017–2017)
(Government of South Australia)
Political career (2007–present)
Darley was appointed to the South Australian Legislative Council by a joint sitting of the Parliament of South Australia on 21 November 2007 to replace outgoing Independent No Pokies MLC Nick Xenophon who resigned to contest the Australian Senate at the 2007 federal election. Darley was the third of three candidates on the independent No Pokies upper house ticket at the 2006 state election.
Since 2007, Darley's chief of staff was Connie Bonaros.
2018 South Australian election
Darley left the Nick Xenophon Team and became an independent on 17 August 2017 ahead of the 2018 state election. He said: "There are many things I could say as to why I have resigned. However, it is not my place to speak publicly about internal party matters". Though it was stated that there had been months of conflict between Darley and the party, it came to a head a week prior when Darley voted with the Labor government to back Legislative Council voting reforms. Xenophon indicated the resignation had averted Darley's imminent expulsion from the party due to "breaches to party rules". Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST therefore contested the 2018 election without state parliamentary representation.
On 15 September 2017, Darley announced that he would team up with another former Xenophon affiliate, retired lawyer Peter Humphries, to form another new party called Advance SA. Darley's term in the Legislative Council does not expire until 2022, and Humphries was the party's lead candidate for the 2018 election. Darley announced that Advance SA would not run candidates for the lower house, and would not direct preferences to SA-BEST or any other party.
- MPs stunned by Xenophon blast, abc.net.au, 21 November 2007.
- "South Australia's minority government must deal with a hostile upper house". The Australian. News Corp Australia. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- Electoral Commission SA
- MLC John Darley quits Nick Xenophon Team in South Australia: ABC 17 August 2017
- Xenophon MP quits the party in SA: SBS 17 August 2017
- Harmsen, Nick (15 September 2017). "The ex-X men: spurned Nick Xenophon affiliates launch rival party Advance SA ahead of election". ABC News. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
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