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XENOPHON, Nicholas (Nick)Biography for XENOPHON, Nicholas (Nick)

Senator for South Australia


Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the South Australian Legislative Council from 11.10.1997. Resigned 15.10.2007.

Federal: Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2007 (term began 1.7.2008), 2013 and 2016. (Independent to 1.7.2013; Nick Xenophon Team from 1.7.2013). Resigned 31.10.17.

Committee Service

State Standing: Statutory Authorities Review from 7.5.02 to 15.10.07; Occupational Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation from 12.4.05 to 15.10.07; Statutory Officers from 2.5.06 to 15.10.07.

Select: Interactive Home Gambling from 10.3.99 to 4.10.00; Internet and Interactive Home Gambling and Gambling by Other Means of Telecommunication from 15.5.02 to 20.7.04; Pitjantjara Land Rights from 29.8.02 to 2.6.04; Electricity Industry in South Australia from 3.12.03 to 30.11.04; The Role and Adequacy of Government Funded National Broadcasting from 31.3.04 to 28.11.05; Collection of Property Taxes by State and Local Government, including Sewerage Charges by SA Water from 6.7.05 to 15.10.07; Local Government (Lochiel Park Lands) Amendment Bill 2005 from 10.11.05 to 21.11.05; Pricing, Refining, Storage and Supply of Fuel in South Australia from 9.12.05 to 15.10.07; Allegedly Unlawful Practices Raised by the Auditor-General in his Annual Report, 2003-2004 from 7.6.06 to 15.10.07; The Selection Process for the Principal at the Elizabeth Vale Primary School from 21.6.06 to 15.10.07; Prince Alfred College Incorporation (Constitution of Council) Amendment Bill from 27.9.07 to 15.10.07.

Joint: Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament from 17.7.03 to 17.3.06.

Federal: Senate Standing: Appropriations and Staffing from 17.9.09 to 11.11.13.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics from 16.9.08 to 14.5.09; Economics: Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16 and References Committee from 17.6.09 to 9.5.16.

Senate Select: Climate Policy from 18.3.09 to 15.6.09; Australia's Food Processing Sector from 7.7.11 to 16.8.12; Future of Public Interest Journalism from 11.5.17 to 31.10.17.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 10.12.13 to 9.5.16 and from 12.9.16 to 1.12.16.

Joint Select: Gambling Reform from 25.10.10 to 24.6.13; Government Procurement from 1.12.16 (Chair from 1.12.16) to 31.10.17.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 30.11.16 to 31.10.17.


Born 29.1.1959, Adelaide, SA.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (Adel).

Lawyer 1982-97.

Member, Legislative Council (SA) 1997-2007 (see Parliamentary service above).