Clive Palmer.
Clive Palmer. Brett Wortman

Palmer willing to drop $800,000 defamation suit against Mal

CLIVE Palmer has extended an olive branch to Mal Brough by offering to drop the lawsuit against his fellow Sunshine Coast MP.

Ahead of Mr Palmer's parliamentary debut today, the newly minted Member for Fairfax revealed he was willing to drop the legal action.

The Coolum resort owner said he was calling for a truce because it was "for the good of the people of the Sunshine Coast" and came on the condition Mr Brough pay his own legal costs.

Mr Brough declined to comment except to say he would consult his lawyers.

"I think it's the best thing for the people of Fairfax and Fisher that we put our personal animosities aside," Mr Palmer told The Daily.

In September, Mr Palmer lodged an $800,000 defamation suit against Mr Brough after they provided conflicting versions of events relating to the Peter Slipper-James Ashby affair.

Mr Palmer claimed Mr Brough had asked him to fund Mr Ashby's sexual harassment lawsuit against Mr Slipper.

When Mr Brough denied the accusation, Mr Palmer began legal proceedings in the Supreme Court, claiming his reputation had been damaged.

Mr Brough subsequently filed a Notice of Intention to Defend.

Mr Palmer said yesterday he would write to Mr Brough outlining his settlement offer in an effort to get on with the job of representing his constituents.

Mr Palmer said he was committed to serving the people of Fairfax and urged Mr Brough to back his push for an upgrade of Sunshine Coast Airport.

Mr Palmer flew into Canberra yesterday ahead of today's first sitting of parliament after it was initially feared he would miss this week's proceedings because of illness.

He created a small media stir when he made a point of forgoing a Comcar and took a taxi from Canberra Airport to Parliament House.

Fisher MP Mal Brough.
Fisher MP Mal Brough. Brett Wortman

He said he would spend the first week of Parliament lobbying his fellow MPs to back the construction of an international airport at Marcoola.

He called on Mr Brough and all Sunshine Coast state MPs to follow his lead.

"An international airport would create 7000 to 8000 jobs, and set up the education sector by bringing in foreign students," Mr Palmer said.

"There is also a need to support the tourism industry, which is struggling at the moment."


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