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Clive Palmer hangs up in fiery ABC radio interview after being asked about The West Australian’s front pages

Clive Palmer has hung up on an ABC Radio National interview after the Queensland billionaire was quizzed on his depiction as a cane toad and cockroach on the front pages of The West Australian.

The mining magnate has appeared in a string of colourful headlines this week after the McGowan Government rushed through emergency legislation to block Mr Palmer from attempting to sue the State for $30 billion.

Mr Palmer reached boiling point in a heated interview with radio host Hamish MacDonald this morning after the billionaire labelled several of the questions as “bulls**t”.

When MacDonald asked Mr Palmer what he thought of coverage by The West that “depicted you as Dr Evil, as a cane toad — the headline was ‘pest’.”

“Well look, goodbye — I’ve had enough talking to you, mate, see ya,” Mr Palmer responded, before hanging up.

Prior to dismissing himself from the interview Mr Palmer repeatedly told MacDonald that “as a journalist” he should be concerned that WA Premier Mark McGowan was “giving himself immunity from criminal prosecution”.

“This is an outlaw swinging his gun around to protect him and the Attorney-General from the criminal law,” he said.

“You as a journalist should be concerned about that. Do you think a court in Australia would award someone $30 billion? That’s just bulls**t, mate.

“That’s just rubbish. It’s just an excuse so Mark McGowan can cover up.

“We’re bounded by confidentiality in our agreement and he (Mark McGowan) would love me to be able to breach that so he can get out of justice.

“They’ve eliminated my rights to appear in court, they’ve eliminated natural justice. In Australia it’s not the government that decides disputes, it’s the courts. (The emergency legislation is) invalid, it won’t take the High Court long to throw it out.”

As revealed in Parliament this week, Mr Palmer offered to withdraw his hard border legal challenge against the WA Government if officials agreed to move arbitration hearings for his damages claims from Perth to Canberra.

When MacDonald asked Mr Palmer about his decision to pull out of the border battle, Mr Palmer responded by saying “well, that’s another bulls**t”.

“Get a copy of the letter and read it. Hold on. Get a copy of the letter and read it,” he said.

MacDonald quickly interjected to ask Mr Palmer to tone down his response.

“With respect, please mind your language Mr Palmer,” he said.

Mr Palmer then claimed he didn’t know if taxpayers would “foot the bill” of his damages claim or if it would be Mr McGowan himself.

“I don’t know because I don’t know some of the things that the Premier has legislated against,” he said.

While Mr Palmer has frequently denied the whopping amount of damages, he didn’t shut down questions on Sunrise this morning that he was seeking a hefty payload for a long-running bitter dispute over stalled approvals to operate an iron ore mine in the Pilbara region.

“I’m bound by confidentiality and the Government knows that — but it’s not $30 billion I can assure you,” he said while refusing to nominate a figure.

“We signed an agreement with the former Chief Justice of WA Wayne Martin to mediate this matter, the State signed it as well as we did. That was only seven days ago and then they brought this legislation in. What we need is a discussion.”

That State Agreement was quashed during a late-night sitting of Parliament’s Upper House yesterday, that kept WA Governor Kim Beazley back until 11pm to give royal assent.

Mr Palmer will now be limited in taking further legal action over his company Mineralogy’s proposed Balmoral South iron ore mine.

Mr Palmer had earlier sought a Federal Court injunction to have the law withdrawn from Parliament and also rushed to have two arbitral awards registered and “enforced” in the Queensland Supreme Court.

The application, submitted in the Queensland registry of the Federal Court, states the Bill “is a breach” of the 2002 State Agreement with Mr Palmer’s Mineralogy company and is “unconscionable and in contravention” of the Australian Consumer Law.

The legal drama will continue today after the WA Government yesterday engaged Queensland’s top commercial arbitration lawyer, Shane Doyle, to seek a special hearing to attempt to overturn the enforcement of Mr Palmer’s arbitral awards.

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