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Xenophon candidate sacked hours after candidacy announced over controversial Facebook photos

Senator Nick Xenophon has announced he will quit federal parliament to run in the South Australian state election Senator Nick Xenophon has announced he will quit federal parliament to run in the South Australian state election
Ellis Copeland | 08 October, 2017, 08:31

A candidate for Nick Xenophon's SA-Best party has been fired after the discovery of controversial photos he posted on his Facebook page in 2015.

Rhys Adams was the SA Best's candidate for Finniss.

Other photos showed him groping the breast of Australian actress Toni Collette and the genitals of tennis player Lleyton Hewitt.

Rihanna was assaulted by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009, photos at the time showed her with a bruised and bloodied face.

Photos taken after Brown assaulted her in his vehicle showed the pop star with visible facial injuries.

'I acted immediately. You can not make a joke about domestic violence, ' Senator Xenophon said on Saturday.

Rhys Adams will no longer be running as a candidate for the SA-Best party.

Brown was later charged with assault.

Senator Xenophon said he had spoken to Mr Adams as soon as he was made aware of the photo.

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"I've acted on this immediately because this is an issue that you can not tolerate, particularly when it comes to domestic violence".

He intends to run for the seat of Hartley, and says he'll be in campaign mode from here on out.

Mr Xenophon's future as a senator was under a cloud due to him holding possible dual citizenship.

"It doesn't mean he in any way condones domestic violence", he said. "South Australia politics is broken and politically bankrupt", Xenophon told reporters in Adelaide.

In a statement, Mr Adams said the photos showed him "doing stupid things with a juvenile sense of humour".

"Back then I didn't take into account those that may be hurt by a what I now reflect on as a very poor taste joke which certainly doesn't reflect my mindset or my values".

The seat of Finniss is held by Liberal MP Michael Pengilly, who will retire at the next election.

Less than 24 hours after announcing his return to state politics, Nick Xenophon has been forced to fire one of his candidates.

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