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Senator Resigns After Family Business Collapses

Putting his Family First.

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Senator Bob Day will resign from the senate to focus on his failing construction business, sparking a search for a new Family First MP for the nation's parliament.

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Day took a leave of absence last week for "personal reasons". On Monday, he confirmed he will resign, citing the financial issues associated with his construction business.

He has been a senator for South Australia since 2013 and the sole MP for the conservative Christian Family First party in the parliament.

Two weeks ago, Day tweeted a statement relating to the business in response to stories from The Australian newspaper.

Full statement that was sent to the Australian newspaper regarding their Home Australia stories. I stepped back in… https://t.co/Y6612oni1F

The party will get to decide who replaces Day in the parliament for the remainder of his three year term. The second position on Family First's South Australian senate ticket at the 2016 election was Kenyan-born Lucy Gichuhi.

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Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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