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SA election: mayor and staffer new candidates for Xenophon

SA election: Xenophon candidates include regional mayor Sam Johnson, staffer Frank Pangallo

Nick Xenophon’s SA Best Party has revealed Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson will be on its Upper House ticket for the South Australian election on March 17. Mr Johnson said he wants to be a voice for regional South Australia. “Outside of the greater Adelaide area, there is no current member of the Legislative Council that actually lives and resides in regional South Australia,” he said.

Source: ABC
“I want my kids to have the choice to have a future, an education, in regional South Australia, and not just my kids, everyone’s kids to have that opportunity.”
Mr Xenophon’s previous media adviser, former commercial TV journalist Frank Pangallo, will also be on the SA Best ticket for the Upper House.
Opinion polling has suggested the fledgling SA Best will perform well on polling day, after Mr Xenophonquit Federal Parliament to seek a return to the state arena.
A long-time Xenophon staffer Connie Bonaros is also on the ticket, in the number one position, followed by Mr Pangallo then Mr Johnson.
The Port Augusta Mayor was once a Liberal Party member and spoke of considering a run for the federal SA seat of Grey.
SA Transport Minister, Labor’s Stephen Mullighan, said the move proved Mr Xenophon held Liberal loyalties.
“That another Liberal member can slip effortlessly into the Nick Xenophon team shows how closely aligned with the Liberal Party the Nick Xenophon team are,” he said.
“Nick’s a former member of the Liberal Party — and in Canberra he worked with federal Liberals to slash hundreds of thousands of dollars from every school across our state by cutting the Gonski school funding deal.”

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  • Muphin 11/01/2018, 6:02 am

    “That another Liberal member can slip effortlessly into the Nick Xenophon team shows how closely aligned with the Liberal Party the Nick Xenophon team are,”

    That statement is incorrect, the truth is that the Liberal Party is bleeding members at a rapid rate.

    There is only one person to blame for the massive decline in Liberal Party membership, Malcolm Turnbull, aka, the TURD, Lord Waffles, TurdBall and any other derogatory name that you can think of for this usurping piece of rectal matter.

    • Neville 11/01/2018, 2:48 pm

      Yep.

  • Penguinite 11/01/2018, 6:19 am

    Wake-up Liberal Party of Australia! You’re being emasculated by a king with no clothes. Or was the loan he made to buy his PMship conditional upon the your total destruction?

  • Lorraine 11/01/2018, 9:01 am

    Nick X is only aligned to himself, he will vote with Labor and the Greens if it gets him a TV spot on the nightly news.

    • Graham 11/01/2018, 2:19 pm

      Yep, don’t get between Nick and a camera

    • Neville 11/01/2018, 2:50 pm

      As I said before: Never trust ANY party where the celebrity politician’s own name is in the official name of the party.

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