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Clive Palmer Urges State Government To Get Out Of His Way


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UPDATE | Mayor Jenny Hill has weighed in on news that Clive Palmer will pay unpaid workers’ entitlements at Queensland Nickel.

Mr Palmer said he would pay up, despite neither he nor his companies being responsible for dismissals.

Mayor Hill said, "I think for the community that's still hurting, actions will speak louder than words, people will wait to see what is actually deposited in their bank account".

She added "we need a bit of clarity about what is actually being paid but if it's the full entitlements and he's paying the Government back, if that's what he's doing then kudos to him".

Townsville Council is still owed money by Mr Palmer and Mayor Hill said they would like to see that paid, but she said this is about the workers.

Mayor Hill said she hasn't had any conversations with Mr Palmer about money owed.

EARLIER | Clive Palmer is calling on  the State Government to urgently clear the way for the re-opening of his refinery in Townsville.  

The Managing Director of QNI Resources and QNI Metals, Nui Harris, has called on the Queensland Premier to help North Queensland by expediting the facilitation of approvals such as port, rail and plant infrastructure, enabling recommissioning of the refinery.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk must step up and help North Queensland by facilitating refinery approvals such as port, rail and plant infrastructure allowing for its recommissioning,’’ Mr Harris said.

“Clive Palmer has in good faith today confirmed he is now paying unpaid workers’ entitlements at Queensland Nickel, despite neither he nor his companies being responsible for dismissals at the plant.

“Labor has said Clive Palmer should pay these workers’ entitlements, which he has now said he will do.

“Now is the time for the Premier and her Government to do their part and get behind securing approvals so the refinery can be recommissioned and the good people of Townsville can have jobs,’’ Mr Harris said.

“The Premier stood before the people of North Queensland during the February floods and said Townsville needed help, so now is the time for the Government to act accordingly.”

Mr Harris said Townsville Mayor, Jenny Hill, also needed to get behind the project so jobs could be created immediately.

Mr Palmer has taken to Twitter to make his concerns clear.

By Michelle Price