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Holiday, sore foot distracted Palmer on QN

AAP logoAAP 16/09/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Businessman Clive Palmer has repeatedly denied acting as a shadow director for his doomed company Queensland Nickel over four days on the Federal Court witness stand.

The former-federal MP this week unsuccessfully attempted to avoid giving evidence in Brisbane, arguing he had launched a High Court challenge to the public examination on constitutional grounds.

Mr Palmer testified that he was sleeping the day before a decision was announced to make more than 200 refinery workers redundant in January this year.

He claimed he hadn't received any information about the move in the lead-up, despite documents showing he was involved in discussions as early as December 2015.

The businessman insisted he was holidaying in New Caledonia at that time and wasn't concentrating on work.

As administrators took hold of QN in February 2016, Mr Palmer was preoccupied with a sore foot that "took top priority in my thinking".

If Mr Palmer is found to have acted as a shadow director he would be liable for some of QN's $300 million in debts.

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