Clive Palmer planned to take legal action against WA after the billionaire was kept out of the state
Clive Palmer planned to take legal action against Western Australia after keeping billionaire out of state due to coronavirus restrictions
- The mining magnate claimed that the state’s closings are “unconstitutional.”
- WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan closed state borders in early April
- Palmer said the closure violated Article 92 of the Australian Constitution
- It says ‘trade, trade and community between the states is free’
- Palmer and his legal team will challenge the closure of the borders in the High Court
- The United Australia Party leader said Mr. McGowan is ruining the livelihood
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Billionaire magnate Clive Palmer will take legal action against Western Australia, claiming that it has been ‘unconstitutional’ that he was denied entry to the state because of the hard closings of the borders.
WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan has taken a grim approach to stop the spread of the coronavirus and closed state borders in early April.
Exceptions were made for essential services, but the state even ended travel between regions to avoid community transfers.
But Palmer said the closure violates Section 92 of the Australian Constitution, which states that “trade, commerce, and inter-state community … are absolutely free.”
Palmer regularly does business in WA and has filed a waiver with the police this week to fly west on his private jet from Queensland.
Billionaire magnate Clive Palmer will take legal action against Western Australia claiming it is ‘unconstitutional’ that he was denied entry to the state because of the hard closings of the borders
WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan has taken a grim approach to stop the spread of the coronavirus and closed state borders in early April
The leader of the United Australia Party planned to arrive in Perth on Friday, but was informed the night before that his request had been rejected by the WA police.
Palmer has brought together his legal team and hired senior advisor to challenge the closure of the border to the High Court.
The 66-year-old referred to Australian Deputy Chief Chef Paul Kelly earlier this week that there was “no medical reason” for banning travel between states.
Palmer said that his lawyers are currently working on the papers and that lawyers are “collecting the evidence.”
“The evidence is very damaging. There’s really no reason Western Australia can close its borders for health reasons. Evidence from the Australian government will clearly demonstrate that, “Palmer said The Western Australian.
“They are forbidden under the constitution, they just don’t have the power.”
Palmer argued that any police who act in accordance with the instructions of the state government break the law and can be prosecuted for personal harm.
Palmer argued that any police acting in accordance with the instructions of the state government is breaking the law and could be prosecuted for personal damages
He said the police told him he could apply for an exemption that would oblige him to provide details of where he is going while he is in charge, which he struck as “unacceptable circumstances.”
Palmer’s plans to fly to Perth to meet Federal Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann are now suspended because his application is denied.
The businessman had also organized meetings related to his company Mineralogy.
Palmer hopes his lawsuit will end WA’s hard border closure, saying Prime Minister McGowan’s tough stance will ruin the livelihood.
“As popular as McGowan is now, it won’t be very popular in three months when people in Western Australia are shut down when they don’t need to and when they lose their livelihoods and businesses are destroyed,” he said.
WA has indicated that reopening borders will be one of the last restrictions to be lifted, saying they can remain closed until the end of winter.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,083
New South Wales: 3,084
Western Australia: 557
South Australia: 439
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 7,083
Mr McGowan said he believes that the health and safety of his people is more important than trying to stimulate the struggling economy.
“I know the Prime Minister of New South Wales is unhappy, I know Mister Birmingham is unhappy. But honestly, bad luck, ”he said.
‘We are doing the right thing by the people of WA.
“It may cause discomfort to the Prime Minister of New South Wales and some people from the eastern states, but I honestly don’t care.”
Mr McGowan said he would not consider re-opening the borders “as long as it is necessary to protect the health of the Western Australians,” potentially leaving them closed for months.