Malcolm Turnbull wants Clive Palmer to pay up
Malcolm Turnbull wants Clive Palmer to pay up MICK TSIKAS

Turnbull urges Clive Palmer to pay $73m for sacked workers

SUNSHINE Coast MP Clive Palmer has been urged to put some of his own personal fortune up to pay the $73 million in entitlements owed to sacked Queensland Nickel refinery workers.

If Mr Palmer's doesn't do so, taxpayers could be forced to foot the bill under the Fair Entitlement Guarantee scheme.

Prime Malcolm Turnbull said Mr Palmer should pay up, the ABC reported.

Mr Turnbull called on Mr Palmer to pay the entitlements himself, saying it was "the very least he could do".

"There are men and women there in Townsville who have lost their jobs - they are entitled to payments. Mr Palmer should make those good.

"That's the very least he could do in these circumstances, and I call on him to do just that."

Administrators FTI Consulting this week recommended winding up the operation, with creditors due to vote on the decision later this month.

FTI Consulting said workers and creditors had suffered under the "reckless" actions of Mr Palmer and his nephew and former QNI director Clive Mensink.

Mr Palmer on Wednesday labelled FTI Consulting's report into Queensland Nickel a "beat up" and outlined why he believes he is in the clear.

He released the Queensland Nickel Joint Venture Agreement, in order to clarify what he considered to be inaccuracies in the report issued.