Palmer to launch High Court challenge over carbon tax

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Mining magnate Clive Palmer says he’ll be mounting a High Court challenge against the Government’s carbon tax on the grounds the legislation is unconstitutional.

Palmer told the 7.30 Report while he didn’t know the precise argument because he wasn’t a lawyer, the legal action would be brought by the "large corporations" he owns.

"That’s the country we live in — freedom of speech," he said.

Palmer last night labeled the carbon tax, which is due to start on July 1, a "joke" and hit back at Treasurer Wayne Swan’s criticism he was poisoning Australia.

"I’ve given away this year more than a hundred times the Treasurer’s salary to Australians who are needy, I wonder with the Treasurer, how much of his salary has he given away to Australians that need that work?" he said.

According to Fairfax Media Swan accused Palmer of "dressing up his self-interest as the national interest".

Swan also said Palmer was exerting "undue influence" by using his power and money to shape political debate.

Swan said the Government had been advised the carbon tax was constitutional and he had no idea what argument Palmer would be making.

Image: The Brisbane Times

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