Clive Palmer’s million-dollar lawsuit against Western Australia’s coronavirus border closure is STRUCK OUT by the Supreme Court
- Billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer has lost his legal battle against WA
- Border closure was upheld by the High Court, striking down Palmer’s argument
- Mr Palmer launched his legal bid after being refused entry to WA in May
Billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer has lost his pricey legal battle against Western Australia over its border closure.
The border closure was upheld by the High Court, striking down Palmer’s argument the pandemic measure was unconstitutional.
Mr Palmer will have to pay legal costs.
Billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer (pictured) has lost his legal battle against Western Australia over its border closure
WA Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) has taken a no holds barred approach to stopping the spread of coronavirus, and closed off the state’s borders in early April
The full bench announced its decision on Friday morning after two full days of hearings earlier this week.
The court will provide reasonings for its decision at a later date.
WA premier Mark McGowan called it a ‘big win for all the people of Australia’.
‘The borders have been essential, to protect the health and welfare of the people of Western Australia, and indeed protect the health and welfare of the people of Australia.’
States and territories have used border closures as part of their coronavirus response this year, and a decision in favour of Mr Palmer could have had broad consequences in the midst of the pandemic.
Mr Palmer launched his legal bid after being refused entry to WA in May.
His legal team argued the border closure, which is due to come down on November 14, was an overreach.
Mr Palmer launched his legal bid after being refused entry to WA in May (Pictured: Police officers are seen stopping drivers at an intrastate checkpoint on the Forrest Highway near the border)
Police officers and Royal Australian Navy personnel are seen stopping drivers at an intrastate checkpoint on the Forrest Highway near the border of the Peel and South West regions in April
They argued while the border closure was okay to begin with, issues arose when it was not revoked once circumstances improved.
The case went to whether the hard border breaches freedom of interstate movement enshrined in the constitution.
WA argued the border closure was reasonably necessary to reduce the risk of coronavirus entering and spreading through the state, saying there was no more serious reason than the coronavirus pandemic.
Other states and territories backed WA, arguing the border closure did not breach the constitution.
Billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer launched legal action against Western Australia, claiming it’s ‘unconstitutional’ that he was denied entry into the state due to its tough border closures