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Clive Palmer lashes out over Queensland Nickel stories

Federal MP and leader of the Palmer United Party (PUP) Clive Palmer speaks during a press conference in Brisbane, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Mr Palmer was commenting about the Senate inquiry into the Queensland Government, initiated by PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus.
Federal MP and leader of the Palmer United Party (PUP) Clive Palmer speaks during a press conference in Brisbane, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Mr Palmer was commenting about the Senate inquiry into the Queensland Government, initiated by PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus. AAP Image - Dan Peled

QUEENSLAND Nickel owner and Federal Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer claims the refinery situation was being misrepresented in the media.

He said it was a sad state of affairs that the Queensland Nickel issue was being used for political point scoring instead of being treated seriously for the people of Townsville.

The company announced it was in voluntary administration on Monday, days after it announced it would be cutting 237 from the North Queensland plant. 

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill called for Mr Palmer and his company to 'stop with the shocks and surprises' after Monday's announcement, saying it was unexpected: 'No more shocks, no more surprises Clive' - Townsville Mayor

Since these announcements were made, other allegations have been made about donations made by the company to Mr Palmer's political party - Palmer United Party.

Mr Palmer  defended donating $21 million to the Palmer United Party hours after the announcement was made about the voluntary administration: Palmer defends $21m PUP donations as workers sacked

"Queensland Nickel is a serious issue, not a political football," Mr Palmer said.

"We continue to see media misrepresentation about the refinery. The media are fuelling political debate on the issue when it is a matter that is seriously challenging QNI and the people of North Queensland.

"I have so far refrained from responding on this issue as it is not a political one,'' he said.

"Voluntary administrators have been appointed and are now conducting affairs, with a creditors' meeting in Townsville scheduled for January 29.

"It is not reasonable for the Premier her Labor government or the Opposition to politically grandstand while the administration process is underway,'' Mr Palmer said.

He said politicians and the media were wrong to alarm the community with hypotheticals of what may or may not be.

Mr Palmer said he would refrain from making any comments on the QNI issue until after the Townsville administrators meeting.

"At that time I will personally write to each household in the Townsville community telling them the truth of the matter,'' Mr Palmer said.

Topics:  clive palmer, jobs, queensland nickel



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