According to a statement from the Palmer Party, administrators have confirmed that they refused Palmer’s offer to pay all bills and sacked 550 workers at Yabulu nickel refinery – destroying North Queensland’s economy.
“In a move that saw North Queensland lose over 2,500 jobs and effectively destroyed the lives of many of the people living in Townsville, the former administrator (now liquidator) of Queensland Nickel has confirmed in a sworn affidavit filed in the Supreme Court of Queensland that on the day she sacked all employees of Queensland Nickel she rejected an undertaking of Clive Mensink to pay all costs of the administration if she transferred all employees and assets to a new operator to allow the business to continue and the workers to keep their jobs”, the statement revealed.
Ms Trenfield acknowledged in her sworn affidavit that if she transferred the employees the business could have continued.
Clive Palmer stated in Brisbane today that he was grateful that Kelly-Anne Trenfield had not lied to the court.
“I gave strict instructions to Mr Mensink to give an undertaking to pay all bills and to transfer the workers so that the business could continue,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“Neither Mr Mensink or I could not do any more than offer to pay all costs owing at that time. If the administrator had accepted the money no one would have lost their job and Queensland Nickel would have continued to operate,’’ he said.