Media release

Palmer to lodge High Court challenge over border closure

Clive Palmer announced today he would be lodging documents with the High Court on Monday, declaring the border closure of Western Australia is unconstitutional.

“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 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.”

Mr Palmer said he was hopeful of a directions hearing from the High Court by the end of the week.