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'You can start by leaving the country!' Clive Palmer slammed online for hundreds of 'Make Australia Great' billboards despite $300 million lawsuit – and he swears they AREN'T political

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 16/05/2018 Charlie Moore

Clive Palmer holding a sign: Clive Palmer has funded hundreds of billboards around Australia that show a picture of him next to the slogan 'Make Australia Great' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Clive Palmer has funded hundreds of billboards around Australia that show a picture of him next to the slogan 'Make Australia Great' Clive Palmer has funded hundreds of billboards around Australia that show a picture of him next to the slogan 'Make Australia Great'.

The mining tycoon and former MP said the billboards - which resemble Donald Trump's catchphrase 'Make America Great Again' -  were not part of a political comeback attempt. 

'It's not a political campaign and has nothing to do with politics. He's just very patriotic and loves his country,' his spokesman said.

a sign on a pole: The mining tycoon and former MP said the billboards - which resemble Donald Trump's catchphrase 'Make America Great Again' - were not part of a political comeback attempt © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The mining tycoon and former MP said the billboards - which resemble Donald Trump's catchphrase 'Make America Great Again' - were not part of a political comeback attempt

Palmer has been slammed over the 'ridiculous' billboards with online trolls telling him: 'You can start by leaving the country'.

One wrote: 'To have him compare himself to Trump, what an ego.' 

It comes after Palmer and 20 associates were sued for a total of around $500 million following the collapse of his company Queensland Nickel, which allegedly left 800 people out of work.

The Federal Government wants to regain money for creditors, employee entitlements and compensation. 

It wants $74 million of taxpayer-funded employee entitlements back from the company, which was allegedly in $300 million of debt when it collapsed in 2016.

a traffic light sitting on the side of a building: Palmer has been slammed over the 'ridiculous' billboards with online trolls telling him: 'You can start by leaving the country' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Palmer has been slammed over the 'ridiculous' billboards with online trolls telling him: 'You can start by leaving the country'

Palmer has launched a countersuit, claiming liquidators' attempts to recoup the taxpayer funds are part of a 'politically motivated witch hunt.' 

In April, Palmer was charged over a failed bid to take over a timeshare scheme operating at his golf resort on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

His takeover bid caused a drawn-out dispute with residents and owners. 

Mr Palmer's company Palmer Leisure Coolum Pty Ltd has been charged over allegedly breaching the Corporations Act by publically proposing or announcing a takeover bid, but allegedly failing to make an offer for securities in the company within two months.

ASIC also alleges in court documents that Mr Palmer aided, abetted, counselled or procured the company to do so. The two-month time period is required under section 631(1) of the Corporations Act 2001.

If convicted, Mr Palmer faces a maximum penalty of two years' in jail, an individual $11,000 fine and a $55,000 fine in respect of a corporation. 

a man standing on a sidewalk: It comes after Palmer (pictured) and 20 others were sued for around $500million total following the collapse of his company Queensland Nickel, which allegedly left 800 people out of work © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It comes after Palmer (pictured) and 20 others were sued for around $500million total following the collapse of his company Queensland Nickel, which allegedly left 800 people out of work

During a brief mention at Brisbane Magistrates Court in April, for which Mr Palmer did not appear, his lawyer Christopher Wilson said they would be arguing there was no case to answer when the matter goes to a hearing in June. 

Magistrate Mark Howden agreed Palmer could remain on bail until the next appearance.

The matter was listed for a pre-trial hearing in on June 13 and is expected to run for one hour with Mr Palmer set to appear. 

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