by Melanie Petrinec, Chief court reporter
ALMOST every inch of Clive Palmer's business empire is in the firing line of a massive taxpayer-funded lawsuit, including a whopping $67 million debt from his controversial Coolum resort.
The lawsuit, lodged in the Brisbane Supreme Court, has broken down the expenses Queensland Nickel footed for the resort - from a $3787 bill for "dinosaur balls" at the infamous Palmersaurus attraction, to more than $1 million in legal fees.
The Government-appointed liquidators are seeking up to $350 million from Mr Palmer's businesses to pay back debts allegedly owed to QN, which collapsed last January with a $300 million creditor bill and 800 job losses.
Mr Palmer, whose wealth was estimated at $344 million in May, is also being chased for about $300 million personally to pay his own debts to QN and as compensation for allegedly breaching his duties as a director.
Yesterday, he released a statement from his overseas cruise slamming the lawsuit as "just a desperate attempt for the Government to act for political purposes".