Palmer launches challenge over WA border closure

CLIVE Palmer announced he would be lodging documents with the High Court today to challenge Western Australia’s border closure.
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Clive Palmer

Staff reporter

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WA closed its border to the rest of Australia on April 5 to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Palmer, who was denied entry to WA last week, declared the move as unconstitutional.

"There is no time to waste in getting people back to work and building prosperity for the state," he said.

"Closing down the border is not only an act of stupidity by WA premier McGowan, but it is against the Australian constitution and I'm confident the High Court will see it that way as well."

WA premier Mark McGowan has refused to back down on the border closure, with intrastate borders in the state still in place.

McGowan has said the hard border closure could be in place for "many months" and would likely be the last restriction to be lifted.

"The WA premier needs to act now to ensure a successful future beyond COVID-19 by opening his borders to allow trade and travel from Australian states into WA," Palmer said.

"It is a matter of national importance that the borders be open."

WA has only two active cases of COVID-19 remaining.

Palmer also criticised McGowan yesterday over royalty discounts offered to CITIC Pacific Mining at its Sino Iron project in the Pilbara.

Palmer's company Mineralogy owned the deposits CITIC Pacific is mining.

"Serious questions must be asked as to why Mark McGowan and his government have such a close relationship with China," Palmer said.

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