Nick Xenophon

lawyer and politician in South Australia (1959– )

Nicholas Xenophon (né Xenophou; 29 January 1959) is an Australian politician. He was a Senator for South Australia from 2008 to 2017. He was the leader of two political parties: Nick Xenophon Team federally, and Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST in South Australia.

Nick Xenophon
Leader of Centre Alliance
In office
1 July 2013 – 10 April 2018
DeputyStirling Griff
Preceded byposition established
Leader of Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
Assumed office
5 March 2017
Preceded byposition established
Senator for South Australia
In office
1 July 2008 – 31 October 2017
Succeeded byRex Patrick
Member of the South Australian
Legislative Council
In office
11 October 1997 – 15 October 2007
Succeeded byJohn Darley
Personal details
Nicholas Xenophou

(1959-01-29) 29 January 1959 (age 65)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia[1]
British Overseas (renounced)[2]: para 123 
Political partyNick Xenophon Team
(Federal; 2013–present)
Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST
(South Australia; 2017–present)
Other political
Independent (1997–2013)
Liberal (1976–1981)
Sandra Kazubiernis
(m. 1990; div. 2007)
EducationPrince Alfred College
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide
OccupationLaw firm principal
(Xenophon & Co. Lawyers)



In October 2017, Xenophon resigned from the Australian Senate to contest a seat in the House of Assembly at the 2018 South Australian state election.

From 1997 to 2007, he was a member of the South Australian Legislative Council, serving as an independent. When the Nick Xenophon Team changed its name to Centre Alliance, Xenophon himself stopped to be directly involved with the party.[3]


  1. Parliament House of Australia. "Biography for XENOPHON, Nicholas (Nick)". Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  2. Re Canavan [2017] HCA 45 (27 October 2017).
  3. "Frequently Asked Questions". Centre Alliance website. Centre Alliance. Retrieved 11 May 2018. Q. Why did you change your name from the Nick Xenophon Team to Centre Alliance? A. Nick Xenophon is no longer involved with the party so it was appropriate to change the party name to a name that reflects the common sense centrist approach the party takes when tackling issues.