Media release

McGowan’s opposition to Palmer projects now clear

Clive Palmer said today it was now clear why Mark McGowan had fought so hard to oppose his Pilbara iron ore projects with the former WA Premier set to join BHP.

“We now know the real reason why Mark McGowan was so determined to introduce legislation against my WA iron ore projects,” Mr Palmer said.

“I have no doubt he was working for BHP and their agenda while he was in office, knowing that he would be landing a plum role with them once he left politics.

“His reasons for stopping the development of iron ore projects that would be in competition to BHP are now obvious.

“It was a disgraceful misuse of power for personal gain and further highlights why he will go down as the worst Premier in WA’s history,” Mr Palmer said.

“The people of Western Australia suffered years of neglect under Mark McGowan, and time will tell the true cost of the damage he has caused the state.

With regards to the Pilbara, McGowan’s Government rushed through extraordinary legislation to protect itself from damages relating to the stalled Balmoral South project breached The State Agreement, Constitutional Law and the Rule of Law,” Mr Palmer said.

“It was great shame that WA Premier Mark McGowan decided to declare war on me rather than engage in mediation, wasting an enormous amount of taxpayers’ money, but now we know his true colours,” Mr Palmer said.