Ex- staffer sees no fu­ture in wait­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

AN ex- Queens­land Nickel worker has com­pared the eva­sive ac­tions of for­mer di­rec­tor Clive Mensink in dodg­ing ques­tions about the re­fin­ery’s col­lapse to Christo­pher Skase.

Ray Alexan­der, a QN worker of 32 years, made the com­par­i­son af­ter Mr Mensink’s un­cle Clive Palmer was hauled be­fore a Bris­bane court yes­ter­day, where the for­mer politi­cian said that he had not heard from his nephew since Fe­bru­ary and that he seems have “left Aus­tralia for good”.

“I’m re­ally not sur­prised, we knew that was prob­a­bly al­ways go­ing to be the case,” Mr Alexan­der told the Bul­letin.

“He’s dis­ap­peared like Christo­pher Skase and is prob­a­bly hid­ing some­where do­ing it tough in Por­tu­gal, Spain or the south of France.”

Mr Alexan­der did not al­lege any crim­i­nal con­duct on Mr Mensink’s be­half.

Mr Alexan­der has been hap­pily on a new ca­reer path for just more than two years as the owner of the Gaysha Paint and Pat­tern spe­cialty shop in South Townsville. He said while it had been tough to es­tab­lish a small busi­ness in Townsville, he needed to do some­thing af­ter los­ing his job.

“I still needed a good wage com­ing in,” he said.

“As far as I know, ev­ery­body is still wait­ing on at least a small amount of money not cov­ered by the gov­ern­ment pay­out, but I think I’d be black and blue if I held my breath to get the money.”

Mayor Jenny Hill said all the Townsville com­mu­nity wanted was to see jus­tice for the lives de­stroyed by the demise of the QN re­fin­ery.

“We want to see Mr Mensink back here and an­swer the ques­tions about what hap­pened,” she said.

Cr Hill said the work­ers wanted their out­stand­ing en­ti­tle­ments, and Townsville wanted the Yab­ulu re­fin­ery open un­der new man­age­ment.

“The courts and gov­ern­ment need to de­cide if are they go­ing to show their metal to the com­mu­nity and start to use the full force of the law to bring back these peo­ple to face the court,” she said.

“What we have had so far has been a farce.”

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