It's abuse of power: Clive

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - VANESSA MARSH

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL busi­ness­man Clive Palmer says he will launch a bid to have a litany of le­gal cases against him and his busi­nesses thrown out of court claim­ing there has been an abuse of process.

The former fed­eral MP yes­ter­day faced a hear­ing in Brisbane Supreme Court where a string of lawyers acting for two sets of liq­uida­tors and a number of Mr Palmer’s busi­nesses dis­cussed how to take the com­pli­cated tan­gle of le­gal mat­ters for­ward to trial.

A trial, which lawyers say could run for as long as three months, is be­ing de­layed with a number of other le­gal mat­ters yet to be re­solved in­clud­ing a bid to freeze Mr Palmer’s as­sets and an ap­pli­ca­tion by Mr Palmer to have a sec­ond set of spe­cial pur­pose liq­uida­tors re­moved from the case.

Mr Palmer yes­ter­day ar­gued against a trial date be­ing set, say­ing it could be a waste of time if an ap­pli­ca­tion to have the case thrown out, which is yet to be filed, is suc­cess­ful.

“You say that your case is so com­pelling and their case so weak there’s just not a trial is­sue?” Jus­tice John Bond asked Mr Palmer, who said he did not think there is “much point re­serv­ing time for a trial”.

“I’m against it on the ba­sis a lot of court time will have to be put aside ... be­cause pro- ceed­ings may be struck out,” Mr Palmer said. “I’ll be ad­vis­ing the court that I in­tend to bring an ap­pli­ca­tion for a pro­ceed­ing to have all these mat­ters per­ma­nently stayed in re­gards to the abuse of process of court pro­ce­dures.”

Jus­tice Bond said he wanted to progress the se­ries of le­gal mat­ters through court as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity.

Out­side court Mr Palmer said a new af­fi­davit had been filed in court by ad­min­is­tra­tors which proved he and nephew Clive Mensink, who was the sole di­rec­tor of Queens­land Nickel when it col­lapsed, had of­fered to pay out all cred­i­tors be­fore the re­fin­ery went into liq­ui­da­tion.

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