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Archive for July, 2019
Palmer bid to save Qld Nickel jobs dubious

Clive Palmer’s claims he tried to save Queensland Nickel workers from losing their jobs have been rejected at the trial examining the refinery’s collapse. July 31, 2019 A top Queensland Nickel liquidator has raised doubts about Clive Palmer’s efforts to save hundreds of workers from the scrap heap as his cash-strapped refinery hurtled towards collapse. […]

Palmer Qld Nickel trial talks to continue

Talks are set to continue for a second night at the Queensland Nickel liquidation trial, with a Clive Palmer company lawyer foreshadowing an upcoming decision. July 31, 2019 Behind-the-scenes talks between the warring parties at the Queensland Nickel collapse trial are set to continue for a second night. Lawyers have been tight-lipped in and outside court about […]

Palmer Qld Nickel trial halted after talks

The Queensland Nickel liquidation trial has been halted after overnight talks, with a Clive Palmer company lawyer foreshadowing a 2pm decision. July 31, 2019 The Clive Palmer Queensland Nickel collapse trial has been unexpectedly adjourned following overnight talks between the warring parties. Lawyers were tight-lipped in and outside court about what the discussions could mean for the massive lawsuit […]

Palmer to cross-examine top liquidator

Clive Palmer is expected to cross-examine a Queensland Nickel liquidator, who says the refinery was losing $1 million a week when administrators were called in. July 31, 2019 Clive Palmer is expected to return to court to cross-examine a subpoenaed witness in the Queensland Nickel collapse trial after taking more leave to brief an insolvency expert. It’s not the first […]

Collapsing Qld Nickel purged safety staff

In a desperate bid to save money at Clive Palmer’s cash-strapped Queensland Nickel refinery, management purged safety staff, a court has been told. July 30, 2019 As Clive Palmer’s cash-strapped Queensland Nickel refinery hurtled towards collapse, management purged safety staff in a bid to slash costs, a court has heard. The termination of the 237 […]

Palmer Qld Nickel collapse trial resumes

The Clive Palmer Queensland Nickel collapse trial is set to resume after a one day break so the billionaire businessman could brief his new insolvency expert. July 30, 2019 Clive Palmer is expected to return to court for the Queensland Nickel collapse trial after briefing an insolvency expert to testify in his defence. The billionaire […]

Palmer paid $1 for failed Qld refinery

Billionaire businessman Clive Palmer paid one dollar for his Townsville refinery, that collapsed in 2016 leaving hundreds unemployed and owning millions. July 26, 2019 Clive Palmer paid one dollar for Queensland Nickel when he purchased it from BHP seven years before it collapsed with the loss of hundreds of jobs and owing millions, a court […]

Palmer takes ill as key witness bails

Clive Palmer has failed to show at the Queensland Nickel collapse trial again and a key defence insolvency expert witness is no longer available. July 26, 2019 Clive Palmer has taken ill, prompting his absence again at the Queensland Nickel collapse trial, which has also been told the billionaire businessman’s replacement expert insolvency witness is […]

Palmer cops a roasting at QN trial

Billionaire businessman Clive Palmer will be hoping for a better day in court after copping a dressing down at the Queensland Nickel collapse trial. July 26, 2019 Clive Palmer will be hoping for a better day in court when the Queensland Nickel collapse trial resumes. The billionaire businessman is fighting a massive lawsuit in the […]

Palmer firms ‘hobbled QN administrators’

Clive Palmer’s companies hobbled Queensland Nickel’s administrators as they fought to save the ailing refinery and save hundreds of jobs, a court has heard. July 25, 2019 As Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel hurtled towards collapse, the billionaire businessman’s own companies torpedoed the administrators providing life support to the ailing refinery, a court has heard. The […]

Palmer camp cops fresh rebuke in court

Clive Palmer has copped another dressing down in court as the trial over the collapse of Queensland Nickel rolls on. July 25, 2019 Clive Palmer and his legal team have been given another dressing down in court, this time over an expert witness who has gone to Brazil. The billionaire businessman is representing himself at […]

Qld Nickel administrators to give evidence

Collapsed Queensland Nickel refinery insolvency administrators are expected to give evidence at a trial hearing liquidators’ claims for $200 million. July 25, 2019 Administrators for Clive Palmer’s collapsed Queensland Nickel refinery are expected to be the next witnesses at a massive trial to hear liquidators’ claims against the billionaire businessman. They’re trying to claw back […]

Family fights for Qld cold case justice

The family of a Perth backpacker who went missing near Townsville in 1982 has vowed to keep fighting for justice after a court ruled against a fresh inquest. July 24, 2019 The family of missing Perth backpacker Tony Jones has vowed to keep fighting for justice after a “bewildering” Queensland court ruling snuffed out their […]

Palmer QN trial team attacks expert report

Clive Palmer’s legal team has waged war on an expert report that found a mining project Queensland Nickel signed a multimillion-dollar deal with was a dud. July 24, 2019 Clive Palmer’s legal team at the Queensland Nickel collapse trial has attempted to blunt a cutting expert report valuing the billionaire businessman’s Galilee Basin mining project […]

Family seeks Queensland cold case justice

The family of a backpacker who went missing near Townsville in 1982 hopes a Queensland court judgment will open the way to solving his disappearance. July 24, 2019 Four decades after the probable murder of missing backpacker Tony Jones, his family hopes a Queensland court ruling will finally lead to justice. Mr Jones, 20, mysteriously […]

Palmer’s QN mining deal too far from port

Clive Palmer’s multimillion-dollar deal between two of his companies and Queensland Nickel days before administrators were called was a dud, a court has heard. July 24, 2019 Clive Palmer’s Galilee Basin mining assets were too far from a port to be a worthwhile investment when the ailing Queensland Nickel refinery signed a multimillion-dollar deal with […]

Family seeks Queensland cold case clarity

The family of a backpacker who went missing near Townsville in 1982 hopes a Queensland court judgment will lead to answers about his disappearance. July 23, 2019 The family of missing backpacker Tony Jones hopes a Queensland court ruling will finally open the way to solving his disappearance almost 40 years ago. Mr Jones mysteriously […]

Palmer search for expert witness hits snag

Billionaire businessman Clive Palmer has frustrated the judge in the Queensland Nickel collapse trial with his tardy effort in finding a new expert witness. July 23, 2019 Clive Palmer’s tardy efforts to find a replacement insolvency expert to testify at the Queensland Nickel trial has earned another rebuke from the judge. The billionaire businessman’s first […]

Palmer search for expert witness derailed

Billionaire businessman Clive Palmer has frustrated the judge in the Queensland Nickel collapse trial with his tardy effort finding a new expert witness. July 23, 2019 Clive Palmer’s tardy effort to find a replacement expert insolvency witness for the Queensland Nickel refinery collapse trial has earned another rebuke from the judge. The billionaire businessman’s first […]

US expert slams Palmer Qld Nickel deal

A deal between Clive Palmer and Queensland Nickel, days before administrators were called to the cash-strapped refinery, was worthless, a court has heard. July 23, 2019 An international expert says two of Clive Palmer’s Queensland mining assets were worthless when the billionaire allegedly signed two multimillion-dollar deals with the cash-strapped Queensland Nickel refinery. The $235 […]

Palmer tries to rip apart expert report

Clive Palmer’s cross-examination of an expert witness, who valued two mining projects Queensland Nickel signed deals with, has yielded mixed results. July 22, 2019 Clive Palmer has had mixed results in trying to pour cold water on an expert’s evaluation of two of his mining assets that Queensland Nickel allegedly signed multimillion-dollar deals with days […]

Clive Palmer reprimanded by QN trial judge

Clive Palmer has been given a dressing-down by the judge at the trial into the collapse of Queensland Nickel after he missed most of the first two days. July 22, 2019 A judge has given billionaire businessman Clive Palmer a tongue-lashing at the trial into the collapse of Queensland Nickel, which shut down in 2016 […]

Clive Palmer shows up at Qld Nickel trial

Billionaire businessman Clive Palmer is present for the resumption of the trial into the collapse of Queensland Nickel after missing most of the first two days. July 22, 2019 Clive Palmer has shown up for the trial into the collapse of Queensland Nickel, which shut down in 2016 with the loss of hundreds of jobs. […]

First witnesses to appear at Palmer trial

The first witnesses at a trial into the collapse of Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel refinery are expected to give evidence about a worthless $235 million deal. July 22, 2019 Mining experts are expected to be the first witnesses to testify at the trial into the collapse of Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel refinery when it resumes. […]

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