OUR SAY: Clive Palmer has done his dash
QUEENSLAND Nickel administrators have recommended the company directors be investigated for alleged misappropriations.
Further, its owner Clive Palmer, Federal Member for Fairfax, should be treated as a shadow/de facto director, according to the administrators' report.
Mr Palmer has repeatedly denied any wrong-doing in relation to the management of Qld Nickel or its associated companies.
Mr Palmer has also insisted he will run again for the seat of Fairfax in the federal election.
What do these new allegations mean for his political career on the Coast?
Let's be honest, not a lot.
We may as well have said goodbye to Clive Palmer a long time ago.
Before the Qld Nickel fallout, the "human headline" had done his dash here.
This electorate will not forgive him for his lack of representation and the appalling demise of the Coolum resort.
These allegations are for the moment just that; they remain untested and it will take some time for the truth to be revealed and justice dispensed where warranted.
But what has been tested is his effectiveness as our elected representative.
He wasn't the saviour we all thought he was. We assume he won't have the hide to run again in this electorate.
But whether he runs for the Senate - as he will have the right to do while the allegations are untested - remains to be seen.
We only hope the rest of the country also believes Mr Palmer's time in politics is over.