Mining magnate urges Mark McGowan to ‘calm down’ amid $30bn legal battle over iron ore

Clive Palmer pulled out of testifying to a parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s trade with China on the basis he had a cold – but then hosted a press conference with journalists in attendance on the Gold Coast as he threatened fresh legal action against the Western Australian government.

When asked about the apparent breach of Queensland Health’s protocols to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus, the billionaire mining magnate’s spokesman told Guardian Australia that Palmer had “social distanced” during the media event, held on Wednesday at Paradise Point.

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