Clive Palmer has so far avoided contempt of court proceedings for a failure to appear but must produce documents detailing business transactions between several of his companies.
An urgent application was made to the court in Brisbane on Friday morning, in proceedings against the mining magnate’s failed Queensland Nickel refinery in Townsville.
Clive Palmer said he missed the hearing at the Supreme Court in Brisbane because he was in a court in WA. Photo: AAP/Samantha Manchee
The former politician was warned he must move “heaven and earth” to comply with any orders made, after he failed to appear in the Federal Court in Brisbane on Thursday afternoon.
Barrister John Peden, acting for liquidators FTI Consulting, told the court he was “starting the process” for Mr Palmer to be dealt with for contempt of court.
But much of the argument in court centred on the provision of documents repeatedly sought from Palmer company Mineralogy.
Mr Peden said his client’s “firm wishes” were “just to get the documents”, which the court heard had been repeatedly sought by liquidators.
He said there was “no reason it needs to go any further” if the documents were provided but it was “unacceptable he [Mr Palmer] has simply ignored the court’s order”.
Liquidators did not apply for an arrest warrant.
Justice John Reeves ordered Mr Palmer, as director of Mineralogy, produce by Tuesday afternoon a set of documents from the mining company first ordered on October 31.
The documents include records of any transactions between Mineralogy and Queensland Nickel, QNI Resources, QNI Metals and the Queensland Nickel Joint Venture.
Also included are any records of multiple payments, some in excess of $1 million, made from Queensland Nickel parties to entities including Mineralogy and Mr Palmer.
He was also ordered to appear before the court at 9.15am on Thursday, December 7.
Before making his orders, Justice Reeves warned Mr Palmer’s lawyers that their client must “move heaven and earth to comply” with any orders issued.
Mr Palmer told AAP he missed the hearing because he was in a different court, in Western Australia, where his company Mineralogy recently won a legal battle with its Chinese-base joint-venture partner CITIC.
“I can’t be in two courtrooms at the same time, can I?” he told AAP.
“I’m happy to show up for court, I love being at court.”
– With AAP