Palmer’s lone fight to keep con­trol of as­sets

The Australian - - THE NATION - SARAH ELKS

Clive Palmer is try­ing to de­lay a judge from de­cid­ing whether $200 mil­lion worth of his as­sets should be frozen, as he fights to rely on a con­tro­ver­sial con­spir­acy-filled af­fi­davit about Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turnbull.

Tax­payer-funded liq­uida­tors for Mr Palmer’s col­lapsed Queens­land Nickel com­pany have asked the Queens­land Supreme Court to freeze the for­mer fed­eral MP’s as­sets, to stop him from shift­ing his wealth to avoid pay­ing the com­pany’s cred­i­tors.

The case is due back in court on Tues­day, but Mr Palmer and his com­pa­nies want it de­layed, un­til he ap­peals a re­cent de­ci­sion which banned him from re­ly­ing on late, con­tro­ver­sial and al­legedly “scan­dalous” ev­i­dence.

Queens­land Supreme Court judge John Bond told Mr Palmer he could not use as ev­i­dence an af­fi­davit in which he made wild al­le­ga­tions about Mr Turnbull, other politi­cians and liq­uida­tors. Mr Palmer was also stopped from ten­der­ing a self-pub­lished book about his “achieve­ments” as the one-term fed­eral MP for the Sun­shine Coast elec­torate of Fair­fax.

Jus­tice Bond said Mr Palmer’s at­tempt to rely on the self-pub­lished book was hard to take se­ri­ously. Bar­ris­ter Tom Sul­li­van QC, for liq­uida­tors PPB Ad­vi­sory, said Mr Palmer’s other af­fi­davit was “scan­dalous” and suc­cess­fully ap­plied for it to be tem­po­rar­ily removed from the public record.

In an ap­peal filed in the Queens­land Supreme Court this week, Mr Palmer’s lawyers said Jus­tice Bond erred in re­fus­ing to al­low him to ad­duce fur­ther ev­i­dence.

Mr Palmer is rep­re­sent­ing him­self in the as­set-freez­ing case, even though his com­pa­nies are be­ing rep­re­sented by a team of bar­ris­ters and solic­i­tors.

In his re­cent judg­ment, Jus­tice Bond noted that he would not ac­cept Mr Palmer’s propo­si­tion that he was an “or­di­nary lit­i­gant … out­num­bered by se­nior coun­sel, well re­sourced, on the other side”.

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