Law­suit seeks Palmer mil­lions

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

MORE than 600 chil­dren have been res­cued from locked ve­hi­cles in Queens­land this year.

The fig­ure has prompted po­lice to is­sue a warn­ing that par­ents will be charged if they leave kids in unat­tended cars.

RACQ re­search, to be re­leased to­day, shows that 21 chil­dren have been res­cued from locked cars in Townsville since Jan­uary 1. The RACQ warns tem­per­a­tures can soar to 40C in cars, even in win­ter. The mo­tor­ing body be­lieves too many Queens­lan­ders are sim­ply not get­ting the safety mes­sage.

So far in 2017, the RACQ has res­cued 602 chil­dren – 12 more than at the same time last year. THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment be­lieves “tra­di­tional” crim­i­nals rather than hack­ers are be­hind the theft of Medi­care num­bers that have been il­le­gally sold on the dark web.

Hu­man Ser­vices Min­is­ter Alan Tudge cited pre­vi­ous cases of doc­tors’ surg­eries be­ing broken into. Po­lice are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the “tra­di­tional crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity”.

“I have my strong sus­pi­cions but we’re leav­ing it ob­vi­ously up to the po­lice to do a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Mr Tudge said yes­ter­day. Min­is­ter for Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Dan Te­han also said it was un­likely to have been a case of hacking. AL­MOST ev­ery inch of Clive Palmer’s busi­ness em­pire is in the fir­ing line of a mas­sive tax­payer- funded law­suit, in­clud­ing a whop­ping $ 67 mil­lion debt from his con­tro­ver­sial Coolum re­sort.

The law­suit, lodged in the Supreme Court, has broken down the ex­penses Queens­land Nickel footed for the re­sort – from $ 3787 for “di­nosaur balls” at the in­fa­mous Palm­er­saurus at­trac­tion, to more than $ 1 mil­lion in le­gal fees.

G o v e r n m e n t - a p p o i n t e d liq­uida­tors are seek­ing up to $ 350 mil­lion from Mr Palmer’s busi­nesses to pay back debts al­legedly owed to QN, which col­lapsed last Jan­uary with a $ 300 mil­lion cred­i­tor bill and 800 job losses. Mr Palmer, whose wealth was es­ti­matedi t d att $ 344 mil­lion in May, is also be­ing chased for about $ 300 mil­lion per­son­ally to pay his own debts to QN and as com­pen­sa­tion for al­legedly breach­ing his du­ties as a di­rec­tor.

Mr Palmer ( above) yes­ter­day re­leased a state­ment from his over­seas cruise slam­ming t the law­suit as “just a des­per­ate at­tempt for the Gov­ern­ment to act for political pur­poses”.

Liq­uida­tors PPB Ad­vi­sory have asked the court to or­der Palmer Leisure Coolum to pay about $ 67 mil­lion back to QN.

“The Palmer Leisure Coolum pay­ments were used, in part or in whole, to care for and main­tain the Palmer Coolum Re­sort,” the claim al­leges.

It is al­leged QN sunk about $ 50 mil­lion into the re­sort for its day- to- day op­er­a­tions since Mr Palmer bought it in 2011, and also helped with le­gal costs, pay­roll, and a $ 158,000 rates bill.

Cu­ri­ously, in May 2014 QN al­legedly paid a $ 3787 bill for “di­nosaur balls for at­trac­tion”.

ME­LANIE PETRINEC

Pic­tures: WES­LEY MONTS

SEARCH: Ian and Ch­eryl An­to­nio ( main); po­lice seek clues ( right) to the dis­ap­pear­ance of their daugh­ter Rachel ( far right).

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