Beleaguered businessman Clive Palmer’s close call with jail

Mr Palmer has sported a sick bag and breathing apparatus while appearing in court
Mr Palmer has sported a sick bag and breathing apparatus while appearing in court

CLIVE Palmer's attempt to pull a sickie at court saw him threatened with an arrest warrant and came just days after he launched an audacious bid to take back Queensland Nickel's assets.

The Courier-Mail can reveal tensions between Mr Palmer and QN's liquidators are boiling over after he moved last week to reclaim the refinery's assets to settle a disputed $135 million debt to one of his other companies, China First.

When the former billionaire then attempted to call in sick to the court Monday night just 12 hours before his long-scheduled appearance, Federal Court documents show his lawyers were told in no uncertain terms a warrant would be sought for his arrest.

"It is a matter for Mr Palmer to make the required application to demonstrate he has a reasonable excuse not to attend tomorrow," a lawyer for the government-appointed liquidators wrote in an email.

"If an application is not filed and if Mr Palmer does not attend tomorrow as ordered by the Federal Court we will seek an order for his arrest."

Read more at the Courier Mail (paywall).

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