Clive Palmer refused entry to WA

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    Clive Palmer barred entry to WA

    Clive Palmer is launching a High Court challenge to the states’ closed borders after being refused entry to Western Australia.

    Mr Palmer wanted to visit WA for meetings with businesspeople, Senator Mathias Cormann and potential 2021 state election candidates for his United Australia Party, but was knocked back.

    A spokesman told AAP he had commenced a High Court challenge to the border closure and would cite a section of the Constitution that stipulates trade between states must be free.

    Mr Palmer accused Premier Mark McGowan of “denying Western Australians jobs and prosperity” by refusing to open borders.
    “He risks economic shutdown with his gestapo tactics,” the Queensland-based billionaire said in a statement.

    Mr McGowan said he endorsed the police commissioner’s decision not to deem Mr Palmer exempt from the ban.

    “He’s made it on proper grounds and with the correct purpose behind it, which is to protect the health of West Australians,” the premier told reporters.

    “If Mr Palmer doesn’t like it, he’s subject to the law just like everyone else.”

    Mr McGowan reiterated WA’s interstate borders would likely remain closed for months.

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