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Palmer's nephew has no plans to return

AAP logoAAP 12/09/2016 Evan Schwarten

Clive Palmer's nephew Clive Mensink has no plans to return to Australia to face questioning over his role in the collapse of Queensland Nickel.

Mr Palmer is being questioned in the Federal Court over the collapse of Queensland Nickel but liquidators also want to question his nephew Mr Mensink, who has been overseas for several months.

Mr Palmer told the court he phoned Mr Mensink, Queensland Nickel's sole appointed director, over the weekend at the request of liquidators who have been unable to find him to serve him with a summons.

Mr Palmer said he was currently on a vessel.

"I think he's somewhere between Helsinki and St Petersburg," he told the court on Monday.

"He said he had no plans at the moment (to return to Australia). Asked if that meant no plans, or no immediate plans, Mr Palmer said he could not add anything further.

"That's all he said to me."

Mr Palmer said his nephew suggested he pass on Mr Mensink's email to liquidators legal team so they could make contact directly.

Mr Palmer said Mr Mensink had also revealed he had instructed solicitors to proceed against Queensland Nickel's general purpose liquidator FTI Consulting in the federal court for alleged breaches of the corporation act.

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