Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and answers to frequently asked questions directed to Nick and and the team are posted here. If you would like to ask a question, click here to send us an email.
NXT ELECTED MEMBERS & CANDIDATES
Q. Must Nick Xenophon Team elected members always vote with Nick?
A. All elected members believe in taking a common-sense approach to politics and strongly support our policy principles - including Predatory Gambling, Australian Made and Government & Corporate Accountability. The strength of having like-minded people working together is that it will lead to more good ideas and policies for the benefit of Australians. So yes, all elected members work as one team and their vote will be guided by the spelt out policy principles. On issues not covered in our policy statements, we’ll work together to achieve a fair, like minded consensus.
Q. Will NXT run candidates in future state and federal elections?
A. Nick Xenophon Team is a federally registered political party and is unable to field candidates in state elections. In states where our membership numbers meet the minimum requirement to form a state registered party, upon formation, this new party will field state election candidates. The minimum membership numbers currently required under state legislation for political party registration are: SA - 200, WA - 500, VIC - 500, TAS - 100, NSW - 750, QLD - 500. The party SA-BEST has recently been formed to run candidates in the SA election.
Q. Is Senator Xenophon an independent Senator or a party leader - or both?
A. Both. Nick is not a puppet to left or right leaning ideology. He is an independent thinker who looks at issues on their merits and has a solid record of working with all parties to arrive at the best and fairest outcome. His formal position in NXT is that of Convener. He is a convener of like-minded people who will take a common-sense approach to politics.