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Palmer to wait on special access request

AAP logoAAP 12/09/2016 Tracey Ferrier

A Federal Court registrar says he won't make an order about special access for Clive Palmer, who has accused the press of assaulting his wife.

Registrar Murray Belcher says a bid by Mr Palmer's legal team to allow him and his supporters to arrive and leave from court via a car park in the interests of personal safety, is best dealt with administratively.

Mr Palmer's lawyer said he would take the matter up through appropriate channels, and said Anna Palmer stayed away from court on Monday, despite wanting to be present to support her husband.

Mr Palmer's lawyer questioned the actions of journalists in trying to question Mr Palmer outside court, when he was yet to conclude giving his evidence about the collapse of Queensland Nickel.

"It's different when they are interviewing a party at the conclusion of the a case," the lawyer said.

Registrar Belcher said he was not going to get into that and advised Mr Palmer's legal team to lodge their request with the appropriate court authority.

Since Mr Palmer began his evidence on Friday there have been notable run-ins with members of the media.

Mr Palmer has said a member of the media pushed his wife Anna on Friday, causing her to stumble.

But media representatives who saw the incident said it was one of Mr Palmer's own security guards who accidentally bumped Mrs Palmer.

On his way into court on Friday, Mr Palmer's bodyguards twice pushed an AAP photographer.

When the photographer protested, Mr Palmer diverted towards him, saying: "If you push my wife again you'll be sorry".

The photographer Mr Palmer shouted at was not present at the court on Friday.

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