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Day stay thwarts plans of successors

AAP logoAAP 26/10/2016

Family First Senator Bob Day has thwarted succession plans by a number of hopefuls after putting his decision to quit the Senate on hold.

Senator Day initially said it was untenable to stay because his South Australian housing business Home Australia is in liquidation.

With just three parliamentary sitting weeks left, he says there isn't time to install a replacement if he quits to sort out business matters.

He says there's a potential new investor and there's too much important business to consider in the Senate.

"Marriage plebiscite legislation, ABCC and our other work too important to Family First to have a vacant seat for even 1 day in November," the senator tweeted.

His impending departure prompted a number of hopefuls to step forward, with reports of up to 10 people interested in filling his spot, among them Senator Day's chief of staff Rikki Lambert.

The South Australian government had offered to convene a joint sitting of parliament next week if Family First wanted to quickly fill the casual vacancy.

Labor wasn't happy that Senator Day put his departure on hold.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said this looked like a deal between Senator Day and the government, which required his vote to pass the Australian Building and Construction Commission bill.

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