New chap­ter in book saga

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - ME­LANIE PETRINEC

BUSI­NESS­MAN Clive Palmer is try­ing to stall a case to freeze more than $200 mil­lion of his as­sets by ap­peal­ing a de­ci­sion not to al­low a book about him­self to be ad­mit­ted into ev­i­dence.

The moves comes as his brother-in-law hand de­liv­ered doc­u­ments to the Fed­eral Court yes­ter­day on be­half of the be­lea­guered re­source mogul’s per­sonal as­sis­tant, who re­cently re­vealed she had been in con­tact with fugi­tive ex-Queens­land Nickel boss Clive Mensink while he is over­seas.

Last month, a Supreme Court judge la­belled Mr Palmer’s bizarre re­quest to file his self-pub­lished book, The Last Sen­try at the Gate: Clive Palmer and the 44th Par­lia­ment of Aus­tralia, as “hard to take se­ri­ously” and dis­missed the bid.

Mr Palmer ar­gued the late ev­i­dence should be al­lowed as it proved his strong com­mit­ment to Queens­land and Aus­tralia in his bid to de­fend a bid by Queens­land Nickel’s liq­uida­tors to freeze his as­sets.

He has since lodged an ap­peal, and wants the hear­ing to freeze his as­sets – sched­uled to con­tinue next week – to be stayed pend­ing the out­come.

In a sep­a­rate QN case yes­ter­day, brother-in-law Ge­orge Sokolov de­liv­ered three boxes of doc­u­ments to the Fed­eral Court on be­half of Mr Palmer’s per­sonal as­sis­tant, Sarah Mole.

She was or­dered to pro­vide more doc­u­ments as part of the pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion into QN’s col­lapse last year with $300 mil­lion in debts, after she re­vealed last month she had been ar­rang­ing cruises for Mr Mensink.

Ms Mole will reap­pear in court for ex­am­i­na­tion on Oc­to­ber 24.

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