Clive Palmer and Mark McGowan defamation trial comes to an end



“I think that’s really all I can say [Quigley’s evidence] was just a little unlucky, but there it is,” he said.

Mr Quigley blamed “memory failure” and workload for the bungling but said he has “refreshed his memory” since re-watching some Cabinet documents.

He also said before making his statement that he had no legal advice as another lawsuit from Mr Palmer served earlier this year meant that WA prosecutor Nicholas Egan was unable to discuss the case with him .

Mr Palmer’s legal team accused Mr Quigley of “reconstructing” his evidence and pounced on it to damage his credibility as a witness.

But Mr Walker said Mr Quigley was not dishonest or “slippery” and that the Attorney General had no intention of intentionally misleading the court.

Mr Palmer initiated the defamation lawsuit in response to Mr McGowan’s 2020 public comment about the billionaire.

The comment centered on WA’s “anti-Palmer” legislation as well as the Queensland billionaire’s border challenge in the High Court.

What ensued was a war of words in which Mr Palmer was called an “enemy of the state” and Mr McGowan a liar and a “totalitarian leader”.

Mr Palmer claims the comment during that period damaged his reputation and hurt his feelings, while Mr McGowan has filed a countersuit saying he was defamed by the billionaire in advertisements and interviews.

At Friday’s hearing, Mr Palmer’s attorney Peter Gray SC attempted to explain some of Mr Palmer’s colorful affidavit, including comments that he genuinely believed the anti-Palmer legislation gave Mr McGowan a “license to kill”.

Mr Gray said the comments were part of a “composite tableau” of what the billionaire was trying to say about his fears, which legislation allowed the WA government to do beyond preventing his claim for damages.

Mr. Gray attempted to portray his client, Mr. Palmer, as a good witness who did not “construct” his evidence but gave considered and moderated answers that demonstrated his hurt feelings.

“This is a witness who is offended, yes, shocked, but also confused and helpless,” he said.

Both legal teams have been instructed to complete their written submissions to the court by April 22.

Judge Lee said once those submissions were received, he would postpone his sentencing to a later date.

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