Clive Palmer gets some R & R ahead of next Fed Court grilling

Clive Palmer will get two days to recover from a second appearance before the Federal Court in Brisbane on Monday.

The Gold Coast mining magnate is being grilled about the management structure of Queensland Nickel after it collapsed earlier this year.

Mr Palmer was also asked about his nephew and Sole Director of Queensland Nickel, Clive Mensink.


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He told the court he phoned Mr Mensink on the weekend and was told he was on a ship between Helsinki and St Petersburg and had no plans to return to Australia.

The Australian reports that Mr Palmer sent his nephew an expletive-filled email on November 29.

The message was revealed during the public examination and is from Mr Palmer’s “Terry Smith” alias.

Carrying the subject line – “Letter to the Treasurer” – and sent when Mr Palmer and Mr Mensink were trying to obtain a $25m security from the state government, Mr Palmer agreed he wrote the email during questioning on Monday.

“I told you what to do. Do it. Do not send me anything to cover your arse or you f*** everything,” Mr Palmer wrote.

“Do not contact me by email again.”

‘I’ve lost mobile phone’

Mr Palmer was also asked about a mobile phone he used leading up to the collapse.

He explained that he had been at Black Angus at Sanctuary Cove, eight weeks ago and believed he left it there.

Liquidators had asked for all details of text messages and phone calls relating to Queensland Nickel to be turned over.

He said his staff was trying to get Telstra to recover a significant number of text messages from the lost phone.

Also on Monday Mr Palmer asked for permission to get dropped off in the car park of the Federal Court after he and his bodyguards clashed with reporters again.

One of his bodyguards shoved a photographer, Mr Palmer then threatened “if you push my wife again you will be sorry”.  It is believed the wealthy Gold Coaster thought the man had pushed his wife outside the Federal Court on Friday, but the man said he hadn’t been there that day.