Hon George Brandis QC: I was surprised and saddened to learn of Nick Xenophon’s decision to resign from the Senate.

Although we represent different political points of view, I and other members of the Government have always been able to engage constructively with Senator Xenophon across a range of important legislation.

On behalf of Government Senators, I take this opportunity to thank him for his service.

Personally, Nick and I have always got on very well and I have enjoyed his company and quirky sense of humour. I will miss him.

Although Nick leaves the Senate with my personal best wishes, those best wishes do not, of course, extend to political success in the South Australian election because I am firmly of the view that South Australia’s best interests will be served with the election of a Marshall Liberal Government.