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Palmer to face court over Qld Nickel

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016 Darren Cartwright

Businessman Clive Palmer will have to answer questions in the Federal Court about the collapse of Queensland Nickel after his bid to postpone his appearance failed.

Justice Andrew Greenwood on Monday rejected the former federal MP's bid to have his appearance held back until after certain documents were turned over to the court in mid-September.

The move means Mr Palmer will be questioned in court on Friday over the collapse of the company, which ran the Yabulu nickel refinery in Townsville.

Mr Palmer said it was a "good hearing" and he would have preferred to answer questions earlier than Friday.

"I would have liked to have got on earlier to be able to set the record straight about Queensland Nickel, to explain how the liquidator put it in liquidation while we had millions of dollars we wanted to put into it, but we will have to wait until Friday unfortunately."

"There is nothing to hide."

He said he felt compelled to apply to appear at a later date because of a "constitutional question" of law.

"From one sense that's (questioning the constitution) wholly different to whether or not your're prepared to answer any question the public has a legitimate right to know," he said.

Mr Palmer did not completely rule out appealing although the court was told he would most likely appear on Friday.

Justice Greenwood will on Tuesday hand down his decision on two affidavits Mr Palmer filed which were sealed last week.

"I am intending to indicate to you the paragraphs in the affidavits which I thought should be redacted or removed," Justice Greenwood said.

"I intend to do that tomorrow."

Mr Palmer said there was nothing in the affidavits he thought was worth removing or redacting.

"I had a look at it today in court and and there wasn't anything there I would redact and there wasn't anything in there you couldn't get from other sources other than myself," he said.

"I put my name on oath to say 'I saw so and so say such and such' and that was terrible because I could have been a person who had contact with the Prime Minister."

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