SELF-described billionaire and previous LNP heavyweight Clive Palmer has requested the Queensland Hard work executive to lend a hand bail out his suffering nickel refinery as he fights to stay his “perilous” industry empire afloat.
The arguable Fairfax MP rushed to the chief construction in Brisbane the day past for disaster talks with Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt.
Sooner than the assembly Mr Pitt stated he sought after the “whole image” ahead of agreeing to strengthen the north Queensland refinery, which employs virtually 800 other folks.
“It’s very regarding to peer that right here we’re a couple of weeks out from Christmas and Mr Palmer is now threatening to near the plant when it used to be most effective a few months in the past we had a reassurance to all workers it used to be last open,” he stated.
In 2010, Mr Palmer passed out 55 Mercedes-Benz automobiles to Queensland Nickel refinery staff as a Christmas praise.
5 years on, after being hit by way of low nickel costs, those self same staff face the chance of dropping their jobs main into the vacation season.
CLIVE’S QUEENSLAND NICKEL FACING TROUBLE
Mr Palmer’s nephew and Queensland Nickel director Clive Mensink stated the corporate used to be in search of a momentary ensure from the Queensland executive.
Following the hour-long assembly, Mr Palmer remaining night time advised The Day by day Telegraph the state executive needed to put the welfare of Townsville households “extremely at the time table”, with as much as 1600 jobs affected.
The disaster assembly got here an afternoon after some other of Mr Palmer’s firms, Mineralogy, failed in a West Australian Best Courtroom bid to safe iron ore royalty bills from its Chinese language project spouse CITIC.
The $66 million sought by way of Mr Palmer would have afforded him additional time, permitting him to funnel money into more than a few firms, that have been described in courtroom as being in a “worse than perilous” monetary place.
Mr Mensink cited the Queensland executive’s strengthen for a Gladstone smelter in asking it to lend a hand the Yabulu refinery.
Mr Palmer stated just a month in the past he would now not settle for executive cash to prop up the refinery.