Businessman and former federal MP Clive Palmer gestures to the waiting media as he videobombs a journalist.
Businessman and former federal MP Clive Palmer gestures to the waiting media as he videobombs a journalist. AAP

Clive Palmer: "My friends can write me $100m cheque"

CLIVE Palmer claims his severe pain "resolved itself" about 4pm yesterday.

A sprightly Mr Palmer spoke to journalists outside court this afternoon, after jokingly sneaking up on a television reporter while she was doing a piece to camera.

The former MP confirmed he was feeling much better - despite clutching a vomit bag in the witness box once again today.

"I was very lucky yesterday that my pain resolved itself at around four o'clock and I was able to go off morphine treatment yesterday so consequently this morning I was much better to be able to ... be as helpful as I could," he said.

"Generally I don't think it is a good proposition for anyone to have to go into the witness box about anything while they are under the influence of narcotics."

Mr Palmer was asked why he is selling one of his million-dollar yachts on the Gold Coast.

"Well I've got two yachts and I can't be on two at once," he said.

"I've got to think of my wife's shopping budget. It's important you provide enough funds for your wife to do shopping and certainly those funds will be well spent."


EARLIER: CLIVE Palmer has boasted he has mates overseas who will write him a $100 million cheque if he needs it.

Mr Palmer is being questioned in the Federal Court about the finances of one of his companies, Mineralogy.

He was asked about money he has sunk into the company after declaring he was "owed" $34 million personally.

Mr Palmer agreed sometimes the funds came out of his own bank account, but said he also had rich friends willing to help.

"I've got a lot of friends internationally who are happy to write cheques for $50 or $100 million when I need it," he said.

Mr Palmer said he would easily be able to find money to meet liabilities.

"It's just my ability to put out a request on the internet and funds would be flowing in," he said.

But Mr Palmer also said he had personal assets and wealth.

"I don't normally sell anything ... I'm a collector, I like to amass wealth and keep it, you never know when a rainy day is coming and a liquidator is going to knock on your door," he said.

Palmer promises to do his best in court

CLIVE Palmer has arrived at the Federal Court for another day of questioning about the collapse of his company, Queensland Nickel.

Mr Palmer has once again brought a sick bag to court and is dressed in a casual blue polo shirt.

On his way into the courthouse, Mr Palmer said he would do his best to answer questions while on painkillers for pancreatitis after a judge ruled last week he was fit to give evidence.

His wife, Anna Palmer, walked into court abut 50 metres ahead of him. She is expected to also give evidence today.

The former MP had a minder, who refused to be named, read from a statement declaring there should be justice for all Australians regardless of their economic circumstances.

Businessman and former federal MP Clive Palmer arrives at the Federal Court in Brisbane, Wednesday.
Businessman and former federal MP Clive Palmer arrives at the Federal Court in Brisbane, Wednesday.

The former MP has given evidence on multiple occasions at the public examination into QN's collapse with $300 million in debts and 800 job losses.

But his nephew and former QN director Mr Mensink is yet to front the hearings and has had two warrants issued for his arrest since he went overseas last June.

Mr Palmer had promised yesterday to be more helpful today, saying: "I'll be fresher then."

He said he had been mentally capable of making decisions to do with his business empire in the days after he gave a television interview boasting about his good health, but deteriorated later that week.

Outside court yesterday, one of Mr Palmer's staffers made an extraordinary claim on his behalf that forcing the ex-MP to come to court while sick "would only happen in Nazi Germany".

"Surgery and intensive care, pain and duress, and currently on morphine - all confirmed by the court - regardless I'm dragged into the court today.

"This would only happen in Nazi Germany.

"Citizens rights, human rights, need to be respected. Our justice system should be free from political interference but unfortunately it is not. I witnessed it during my 40 years in the Liberal National Party and at other times I've seen it at work. It makes me feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game."

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