|Last Edited||RBH - May 27, 2018 01:13am|
|Description||Centre Alliance is a centrist Australian political party founded as Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) by then-Senator Nick Xenophon on 1 July 2013 which made its national debut at the 2016 federal election. The party was previously known as Nick Xenophon Group and the Nick Xenophon Team (2014, 2014-2018). |
Upon launching NXT, Xenophon said his motivation was "the electorate's lack of trust in politics and voter disillusionment". After launching a South Australian state-based party named Nick Xenophon's SA-BEST, it was reported that NXT would be renamed as SA-BEST (Federal). However, after the departure of Xenophon from Australian politics, the party announced its new name would be Centre Alliance.
The Nick Xenophon Team contested the 2016 federal election, winning three Senate seats from a 21.7% state-wide vote in South Australia, as well as the House of Representatives seat of Mayo in South Australia from a 34.9% primary and 55.0% two-candidate vote. However, it failed to poll well or gain seats in any state outside South Australia.
After the 2016 election, the party's representation changed with the resignations of Xenophon (to contest the 2018 South Australian state election, where he failed to be elected) and Kakoschke-Moore (for holding dual citizenship). Xenophon appointed Rex Patrick as his replacement, while the Court of Disputed Returns installed former NXT candidate Tim Storer as Kakoschke-Moore's successor, although he chose to sit as an independent.
In 2018, deputy leader Stirling Griff made it clear that SA-Best is "a separate entity, a separate association, a separate party" from NXT. However, it was reported that other parties have been registered, including NSW-BEST, VIC-BEST, WA-BEST, QLD-BEST and NT-BEST. On 10 April 2018, it was announced the federal NXT party would be renamed to Centre Alliance.