Media release

Hearing set for Palmer’s High Court challenge to WA border closure

Clive Palmer confirmed today a directions hearing was scheduled for 2.15pm today (Thurs, May 28)  in Brisbane regarding his High Court challenge over the domestic border closure in Western Australia.

It follows the filing of documents with the High Court on Monday, challenging the WA Government’s closure of its state border to trade and travel movements as unconstitutional.

Mr Palmer’s legal team will comprise the former solicitor general for Queensland, Peter Dunning QC; Sydney commercial barrister Richard Scheelings; Perth barrister Peter Ward and Queensland solicitor Jonathan Shaw.

Mr Palmer said the purpose of the hearing was to obtain directions so that relevant documents and submissions are filed by June 26 so that the matter can be heard by the full court of the HCA as soon as practicable after that date.

“There is no time to waste in getting people back to work and building prosperity for the state,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Closing down the border is not only an act of stupidity by WA Premier Mark McGowan, but I believe that it is against the Australian constitution and I am confident the High Court will see it that way as well.”

“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,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“The WA economy must keep growing and moving forward especially during the COVID-19 downturn. This is crucial for the survival of the domestic economy and for the whole of Australia.

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