Former resort chief suing for $4,682,812
THE former manager of a Sunshine Coast resort is suing former boss Clive Palmer for $4,682,812 and seeking to have his “sham” contract set aside.
Failed Fisher candidate Bill Schoch, who ran Palmer Coolum Resort until his contract was terminated on December 1 last year, argued the contract was void because of Mr Palmer’s allegedly “misleading and deceptive conduct”.
In documents tendered to the Brisbane Supreme Court, Mr Schoch said his employment contract was reduced from $1 million a year – contingent on completing particular tasks – to $150,000 a year fixed, and a five-year fixed term disappeared.
Mr Schoch, through the documents, said the effected changes to the employment relationship could not be described as administrative as Mr Palmer, Federal Member for Fairfax, allegedly made out.
Mr Palmer has indicated he will fight the suit.
He said the case was the consequence of having $1 billion and holding the balance of power in the Senate.
“People like to have a shot at you. I get that all the time,” he said.
Mr Schoch said his tasks included negotiating the China First Coal project for Waratah Coal and working on equity capital money in, or outright sale, in the multi-billion dollar range for the Galilee Basin coal tenements with BHP Biliton, China Shenhua Energy and QR National.
NOT HAPPY: Former Sunshine Coast resort manager Bill Schoch (right) is suing former boss Clive Palmer for $4,682,812.