Palmer’s lone fight to keep control of assets
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”.