Palmer's bid to end QN trial rejected

Clive Palmer continues to battle the liquidators of Queensland Nickel over $102 m in loans claims.
Clive Palmer continues to battle the liquidators of Queensland Nickel over $102 m in loans claims.

Clive Palmer has failed in his bid to shut down the Queensland Nickel collapse trial amid a dispute over the likely profits sought by liquidators on behalf of their corporate backers.

Mr Palmer has already settled most of the multi-million dollar claims stemming from the Townsville refinery's collapse in 2016.

The trial is now focused on $102 million sought by liquidators in unrepaid loans from QN to Mr Palmer's flagship company, Mineralogy.

Their aim is to to claw back the money to pay the refinery's unpaid creditors.

But lawyers for the former federal MP's companies say the loans weren't made using QN's money and the claim is baseless.

They moved to shut down the Brisbane Supreme Court trial earlier this week, saying it's largely devolved into a fee-chasing exercise for the liquidators' backers.

Justice Debra Mullins was unswayed by their argument despite acknowledging the suit may have an unusual outcome where the liquidators find themselves with excess money after QN's unpaid creditors are settled.

She dismissed the application on Friday, saying there was "no justification for ordering a permanent stay of the proceeding".

The liquidators had incurred "substantial costs" and there are outstanding QN creditor claims to be paid, she said.

"The fact that the proceeding has been (reduced) because of the defendants' settlement with (one set of liquidators) does not deny the (other set of liquidators) the right to pursue their claims to recover loans from (Mineralogy)," she said.

The trial continues.

Australian Associated Press