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Retired Clive Palmer takes law into own hands

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016 Sarah Motherwell

Some retirees play bowls, others croquet, but former politician and businessman Clive Palmer says he's taken to dieting and representing himself in court.

Mr Palmer, who appeared in the Brisbane Supreme Court toay over the liquidation of Queensland Nickel, has lost 42kg since going on the Lite N Easy diet after leaving politics this year.

"I still think fat people are beautiful," Mr Palmer told reporters outside court.

The former Palmer United Party leader's jovial chat with the media was in stark contrast with his appearance in the Brisbane Federal Court in September where his private security guards clashed with photographers and journalists, he labelled "deadbeats".

"I don't think I need security for nice people like you," he said today.

Mr Palmer said being away from politics was better for a person's health and sanity, and he'd been enjoying his retirement on the Gold Coast, unlike "gaunt and tired" Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"It's (parliament) not a very decent sort of place to go for a long time," he said.

"It's certainly got all the hallmarks of an asylum or an institution.

"The people you are talking to are quite different to normal people. They're people that are confined there and couldn't get a job anywhere else."

Mr Palmer said he still didn't know when his nephew, Clive Mensink, the sole director of QN, would be returning to Australia.

Mr Mensink is wanted for questioning at the Federal Court inquiry into the collapse of the company earlier this year.

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