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VIA The Australian

Just 1500 kilometres away from Australia, lies the proud island nation of New Caledonia. Now its President has warned Clive Palmer that closing nickel refineries could lead to “violence” and civil unrest.

New Caledonia relies heavily on exporting nickel ore to Clive Palmer’s Australian refineries. In fact, one quarter of the island nation’s income relates to nickel production.

Confidential international sources have told Aussie newspapers, if nickel operations collapse in New Caledonia “there would be dire consequences for the country as a whole”.

“The impact would be tremendous. It would possibly trigger some industrial conflict and social discontent. And the government would be in a difficult situation”.

After New Caledonia’s president spoke privately to Clive Palmer, the mining magnate’s refinery released the following statement last month:

“The failure of Queensland Nickel… would result in political unrest, violence and even closure of mines in New Caledonia, as Queensland Nickel has been the sole purchaser of laterite nickel ore for the last 20 years”.

Despite these grave fears, Clive Palmer seems to have washed his hands of the entire issue. Instead yesterday, he took aim at the broader Australian government:

“Labor and the Liberals should stop attacking Queensland Nickel, and media should focuses on (other) issues”, he blasted via Twitter yesterday.

Over 200 Australian workers lost their jobs at Queensland Nickel last week, with another 500 expecting to face the proverbial axe too.

Is Clive Palmer taking enough responsibility for the impacts of Queensland Nickel? Can you believe he would lay off hundreds of Aussie workers? Can you believe his is risking civil unrest and violence, in a country so close to home?

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  1. He is laughing stock but unfortunately his employees aren’t laughing. Reckon Ms Palin would come over here and endorse him along with Trump. Palmer, Trump and Palin – now there’s a packet of pooh, as my mother would have said.

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  2. Really what is it about rich fat men him and Tump. These poor workers who won’t even get what’s owing to them while this fat moron sits on wealth and takes no responsibility. REALLY

  3. Really what is it about rich fat men him and Tump. These poor workers who won’t even get what’s owing to them while this fat moron sits on wealth and takes no responsibility. REALLY

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  4. What a ridiculous and fear=mongering headline. Get a grip SaS and stop treating us like idiots.

  5. What a ridiculous and fear=mongering headline. Get a grip SaS and stop treating us like idiots.

  6. What he is still doing in Parliament I don’t know, I read reports that he could cost this country $500 million to clear up the environmental damage he has done, I feel very sorry for the workers and their families

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    • All the failed mining companies walk away and leave environmental damage to the tax payers and the ones that don’t go broke do a half baked job of restoration and are allowed to get away with it.

    • I have read that the company owes workers super and other payouts. Don’t know whether this is true.

    • this is a list of the money Palmer transfered from his company into his Political account, according to the experts I have listend to, IF Palmer had reinvested this money into the business, it would not be in hands of the Adminstrators now

    • gone into that fund Julia, he transferred all that money into his political fund before he sacked the workers

    • Libbi is right Julia and he had to declare that money, because he is in Parliament , that is the only reason they know what he did

    • Libbi Elliot am thinking karma will get him. ASAP. He actually is a heart and/or stroke waiting to happen.

    • wrap him up & post to donald chump trump as a new year’s gift, or to tt moron palin

    • I feel sorry for all the people who were misled by him. In a post earlier this week a woman described him as a “hero” and “philanthropist” as she thought he had single handedly supported that company for the last six years. She is obviously less cynical or realistic than us.

  7. He only got into Parliament for himself, to get of the Carbon Tax and The mining tax, he has just put many workers on unemployment benefits, he has helped no one but himself.

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    • I bet he planned on voting for Turncoat’s ‘innovation package’ too, which would allow him to walk away scott free and then start a new business

  8. What a catastrophe! I feel for his workers and for all those people in New Caledonia. But he says “I’m retired”……

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