The ABC Four Corners Programme claimed that Clive Palmer is seriously involved in multi-million dollar spending decisions despite officially going off duty from a formal role with Queensland Nickel after his election to the parliament. Allegedly, most of the spending decisions were outlined by Palmer through his email alias Terry Smith, which included an $8 million haulage contract and a $6.3 million mining contract. The Four Corners Programme episode will be aired Monday night.
Four Corner Programme also has accused that Queensland Nickel made payments to many other Palmer companies and interests the same year when it went to voluntary administration, reported news.com.au.
Clive Palmer has defended himself for his alleged involvement in the company’s multi-million dollar spending decisions and also criticised Four Corner investigation. He has urged the Programme to give him a fair go.
Meanwhile, Clive Palmer has released a series of statements in an attempt to pre-empt Four Corner Programme.
On a facebook post, he has said, “ The programme contains a number of factual errors and if broadcast will cause substantial damage to Mr Palmer. Four Corners needs to be corrected.”
The post further read, “In relation to Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd, the facts are that Queensland Nickel has never given loans to Mr Palmer or his companies. Any reports to the contrary are false and have been written to cause malicious damage.”
Palmer has criticised Four Corner for declining his offer of a live interview after it made a request to interview him. He has also criticised the programme for not airing live interviews of its investigation, as reported by The Guardian.
On the other hand, executive producer and ABC reporter Hayden cooper, who led the Four Corner report stated that they gave ample opportunity to Clive Palmer to comment on the issue.
A few months back television host Lisa Wilkinson lashed out at the MP over the collapse of his Queensland Nickel business which left 237 workers jobless. She also asked him to pay the entitlements for the families that lost their jobs.