South Australian independent Senator Nick Xenophon is fielding calls from his political friends and foes as negotiations get into full swing ahead of a result in the federal election.
The senator’s phone was running hot on Sunday and he’s likely to be in demand this week as counting continues, especially if a hung parliament looms.
It’s expected his Nick Xenophon Team will win up to three Senate seats in South Australia to add to the one lower house seat it has already picked up.
It is also still in the running for a second lower house seat in SA.
Senator Xenophon says he hopes to work with his crossbench colleagues in the Senate, whoever they are.
“Obviously we have our differences, but where there is common ground we need to work together constructively,” he told reporters.
“I want the new Senate to work, although the composition is up in the air at this stage.”
Senator Xenophon has also taken calls from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and is likely to talk with them further as the election result becomes clearer.