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Palmer loses High Court battle against WA | Blue Mountain Gazette


The Western Australian government will seize mine tycoon Clive Palmer’s plane if it flies within the state before paying a legal bill of $ 2 million, the attorney general has said.

John Quigley’s warning comes as Mr Palmer lost his High Court battle with WA over legislation to prevent him and his company Mineralogy from suing the state for billions of dollars.

Mr Palmer was seeking up to $ 30 billion from Washington state taxpayers, saying the legislation, introduced by McGowan’s Labor government and hastily passed with support from opposition parties, was unconstitutional.

But the High Court ruled on Wednesday that the law was not invalid, ordering Mr Palmer and Mineralogy to pay the costs of the lawsuit.

Attorney General John Quigley said this brings to $ 2 million the amount Mr Palmer owes the government for these procedures and a challenge to COVID-19 border closures.

“If he doesn’t pay this properly… the next time he flies to Western Australia, as soon as we lift our border restriction, I’ll ask the sheriff… to seize his plane and sell it and he can catch the train at home, ”Quigley told ABC News Perth.

“It is outrageous that this man continues to take us to the High Court and then refuses to foot the bill from the Western Australian taxpayer.”

WA Premier Mark McGowan described the result as a “monumental victory,” ending Mineralogy’s claim for damages that would have left the state bankrupt.

“Time and time again, Clive Palmer has attempted to bring down our state – first by defying the tough border that has kept Western Australians safe during a pandemic, then by launching outrageous damages claims,” ​​he said. he stated in social media. Publish.

“Enough is enough. Today’s victory is proof that our government will never stop fighting for the people of Western Australia.”

Mr Palmer was reviewing the judgment, his spokesperson told the AAP.

The bill to amend a 2002 state agreement with mineralogy and end arbitration between the two parties was passed by the Washington state parliament in August last year.

The legislation was intended to prevent Palmer from pursuing a decision by the former Liberal state government not to assess one of his mining projects.

It followed a 2001 agreement between Mineralogy and the Government of Western Australia whereby the company could submit proposals for mining projects in the Pilbara area.

The competent minister could respond in various ways, but not reject the proposals.

Disputes arose over a 2012 proposal that went to arbitration, resulting in awards favoring the Palmer companies.

Mr Palmer, who has represented himself in the High Court, called the legislation unconstitutional, “repugnant to justice” and “an abomination masquerading as a law”.

He has argued against her on several fronts, including that she discriminated against him as a resident of Queensland.

The High Court’s decision follows a four-day hearing in June.

Stephen Free SC, representing the government of Western Australia, said the bill would have had the same effect on Mr Palmer if he lived in WA.

“It is perfectly clear that there is no such handicap or discrimination imposed on Mr. Palmer or on anyone else,” he said.

The state argued that the legislation was passed “to protect Western Australians from the crippling effects” of a $ 30 billion claim for damages.

Last year, the High Court struck down Mr Palmer’s constitutional challenge to strict WA border closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Palmer also has a libel action against Mr. McGowan in Federal Court.

Australian Associated Press