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Palmer bodyguards harass 'deadbeat' media

AAP logoAAP 9/09/2016 Sarah Motherwell

Burly bodyguards have pushed and shoved "deadbeat" members of the media away from former federal MP Clive Palmer as he fled Brisbane's Federal Court.

Mr Palmer brought four private security guards to court on Friday where he faced intense questioning from liquidators about the management of Queensland Nickel in the lead up to its collapse earlier this year.

Early in the day the guards tried to stop a reporter from using a hallway outside a private room where Mr Palmer was holed up with his advisers.

They later pushed media away as Mr Palmer ran from court.

An AAP photographer was roughly shoved by one of the guards and had to brace himself to stop from falling into a bush.

When asked why he had personal security guards, Mr Palmer replied, "because of deadbeats like you".

The mining magnate told journalists the 800 workers who lost their jobs from the collapse of the Queensland Nickel refinery in Townsville should "blame Malcolm Turnbull".

Mr Palmer will return to court to give evidence on Monday.

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