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PostSubject: Clive on the receiving end.   Clive on the receiving end. EmptyWed 01 Aug 2018, 11:25 pm

Clive Palmer sued for defamation by Queensland Nickel liquidators
By Jared Owens,
August 1, 2018

Clive Palmer has been served with a defamation lawsuit in a bid to silence his controversial ­allegations that liquidators of his north Queensland nickel ­refinery company “milked taxpayer funds to line their own pockets”.

The Queensland Supreme Court claim follows an escalation in rhetoric by the businessman against Queensland Nickel’s administrators, whom he blamed for the March 2016 liquidation that threw nearly 800 people out of work.

The liquidators bringing the lawsuit — John Park, Kelly-Anne Trenery and Quentin Olde of FTI Consulting — have sought $500,000 from Mr Palmer and his media adviser Andrew Crook, as well as an order preventing the duo from repeating their claims.

The liquidators complained that Mr Palmer had used his Facebook page to attack the “uncaring and unprincipled liquidators who think they can pillage Australian businesses and destroy families at will”. Mr Palmer ­allegedly also ­described the liquidators as “heartless” and “criminals”, while his Facebook followers ­allegedly branded them “parasites” and “traitors to society” who should “be publicly executed”.

Mr Palmer, a former federal MP, has repeatedly accused the liquidators of misleading workers and politicians about Queensland Nickel’s finances so they could string out the affair, force the commonwealth to pay out workers’ entitlements and collect higher fees.

He alleges they should have accepted a verbal offer from his nephew Clive Mensink, the company’s sole director, to transfer the refinery’s management to a new company to keep the facility going. The liquidators have ­insisted the offer could not be ­accepted. Mr Mensink wanted Queensland Nickel’s cash ­released despite the firm reportedly having liabilities of $226.4 million, they said.

The new company, Queensland Nickel Sales, had “no ­capacity and no intention” to take on significant numbers of workers given it held no funds, obtained no loans, lacked a state-issued hazardous plant licence, and had no contracts for the supply of nickel ore, they said.

Mr Palmer told The Australian the case was a “great opportunity to expose Park and others for their criminal ­activity”.

Mr Crook said: “What Clive said is true. Administrators and liquidators have been getting away with lies for too long.”

The liquidators have accused Mr Palmer of having “misrepresented” an affidavit sworn by one of the plaintiffs, Ms Trenery, by arguing it backed his claim that they had refused to transfer the workers to the new company.

The affidavit shows clearly that Ms Trenery “did not see any issues with transferring employee contacts” but rejected Mr Mensink’s demand that administrators transfer Queensland Nickel’s cash, they said.


The plaintiffs are general-purpose liquidators called in as administrators by Mr Mensink in January 2016.
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PostSubject: Re: Clive on the receiving end.   Clive on the receiving end. EmptyThu 02 Aug 2018, 8:13 am

Good!
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PostSubject: Re: Clive on the receiving end.   Clive on the receiving end. EmptyThu 02 Aug 2018, 9:19 am

I don't think they are asking for enough, he is after all a self professed Billionaire
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