Palmer bat­tles with liq­uida­tor

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - ME­LANIE PETRINEC

CLIVE Palmer wants a court to de­clare that the con­duct of Queens­land Nickel’s liq­uida­tors is “un­con­scionable”, as he tries to avoid an al­leged $ 210 mil­lion debt.

The for­mer politi­cian’s com­pa­nies QNI Re­sources and QNI Met­als have filed a claim in the Fed­eral Court ask­ing for it to void a call no­tice is­sued by the gov­ern­ment- ap­pointed liq­uida­tors for the al­leged debt last month.

The $ 210 mil­lion rep­re­sents al­most two- thirds of the $ 350 mil­lion that liq­uida­tors al­lege Mr Palmer’s busi­nesses owe QN, which col­lapsed last Jan­uary with a $ 300 mil­lion cred­i­tor bill and 800 job losses.

The new claim was lodged while Mr Palmer ( pic­tured) was en­joy­ing his lux­ury crui­sei last month.

A dec­la­ra­tion is also sought that the liq­uida­tors “have acted in ex­cess of le­git­i­mate power they have as liq­uida­tors of Queens­land Nickel” and that their con­duct is “un­con­scionable” un­der Aus­tralian Con­sumer Law. It is al­leged Mr Palmer’s c com­pa­nies have been pre­vented from re­open­ing the Yab­ulu re­fin­ery due to the con­duct of the liq­uida­tors.

Work­place Health and Safety Queens­land has also ex­pressed con­cern about the site, the court doc­u­ment re­vealed.

The case will be men­tioned in court for the first time next Thurs­day.

Gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed liq­uida­tors PPB Ad­vi­sory launched a multi- mil­lion- dol­lar Supreme Court claim last month against Mr Palmer, his glo­be­trot­ting nephew Clive Mensink, his fa­ther- in- law, two mys­tery women and var­i­ous com­pa­nies he owns.

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