John Darley (politician)

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The Honourable
John Darley
Leader of Advance SA
Assumed office
15 September 2017
Deputy Peter Humphries
Preceded by Party established
Member of the South Australian
Legislative Council
Assumed office
21 November 2007
Preceded by Nick Xenophon
Valuer-General of South Australia
In office
c. 2000 – c. 18 March 2006
Succeeded by Delfina Lanzilli
Personal details
Born John Andrew Darley
(1937-05-15) 15 May 1937 (age 81)
Political party Advance SA (since 2017)
Other political
Xenophon Team (2014–2017)
Independent (before 2007–2014; 2017–2017)
Occupation Government department
chief executive
(Government of South Australia)
Profession Public servant

John Andrew Darley (born 15 May 1937) is an Advance SA member of the South Australian Legislative Council and a former valuer-general.

Political career (2007–present)[edit]

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.[1] Darley was the third of three candidates on the independent No Pokies upper house ticket at the 2006 state election.

Darley was re-elected at the 2014 state election[2] as the first candidate on the independent Nick Xenophon ticket.[3] In 2015, Nick Xenophon Group (NXG) changed its name to Nick Xenophon Team (NXT).

Since 2007, Darley's chief of staff was Connie Bonaros.

2018 South Australian election[edit]

Darley left the Nick Xenophon Team and became an independent on 17 August 2017 ahead of the 2018 state election.[4] 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".[5] 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.[4]

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.[6]


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