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Events surrounding Bob Day's resignation

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TIMELINE OF BOB DAY'S RESIGNATION

January 2014 - Bob Day discusses with Finance officials establishing his electorate office in the Fullarton Road building. Day doesn't want to use former senator Don Farrell's old office in Adelaide CBD (already leased at $99,000 pa until mid-2016).

February 2014 - Finance officials tell then-Special Minister of State Michael Ronaldson they do not recommend establishing a new office for Day. They note Day owns the building and intends to sell it on condition the office is leased to the commonwealth, and write "Finance has concerns about how such a transaction might be perceived".

March 2014 - Ronaldson tells Day he can move but the commonwealth won't pay rent while the Adelaide CBD office lease is still in place and Day has to pay furniture removal costs.

May 2014 - Finance officials estimate cost of setting up new office will exceed $165,000. Officials note there was an issue with the building having been owned by Day "until recently".

June 2014 - Ronaldson writes to Day that the Adelaide CBD office "is absolutely fit for purposes and there is no justification whatsoever for the office being closed as a Senator's office" and he must ensure the new tenancy on Fullarton Road is at no cost to the commonwealth. Day or the building owner must pay for a lift, a secure reception and an alarm.

October 2014 - Day agrees to terms for Fullarton Road lease including rent-free period while the CBD office is empty.

December 2015 - Lease signed between building's new owners and commonwealth. No rent paid.

August 4, 2016 - Day approaches Special Minister of State Scott Ryan about rent on the office. Ryan seeks further information on the background of the lease and discovers there may be a constitutional breach.

October 7 - Ryan terminates lease and seeks independent legal advice from constitutional law expert David Jackson.

October 17 - Day announces he will resign, as his Home Australia Group of companies goes into liquidation.

October 26 - Day says there is not time to install a replacement before the year's end, and tweets: "Marriage plebiscite legislation, ABCC and our other work too important to Family First to have a vacant seat for even 1 day in November."

October 27 - Ryan receives legal advice regarding the possible invalid election of Day - concerns over indirect pecuniary interest because building owner owes Day money.

October 28 - Ryan writes to Senate President Stephen Parry about validity of Day's election. Day releases a statement saying an investor had expressed interest in reviving his Home Australia Group of companies. Flags not resigning if it is successful.

November 1 - Day tenders his resignation to the Senate President, effective immediately. He says in a statement the possible major investor decided not to go ahead. Ryan says Senate will consider referring the lease matter to the High Court.

November 2 - Day says he has legal advice there is no breach because he does not have a contract or agreement with the commonwealth.

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