Fairfax MP Clive Palmer.
Fairfax MP Clive Palmer. DAN PELED

Clive Palmer trial to start next month

IT IS unclear whether Clive Palmer will give evidence at a trial next month in a case involving the former general manager of his Coolum Resort.

The resort's former general manager, William "Bill" Schoch, is suing Mr Palmer for millions after his contract was terminated.

Court documents state Mr Schoch said his employment contract was reduced from $1 million a year, depending on his performance, to $150,000 a year.

Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Tuesday that the trial would start early next month, but it is unclear what witnesses the defence will call.

Court documents show Mr Palmer and two companies - Mineralogy Pty Ltd and Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd - are listed as defendants in the case.

The court also heard on Tuesday that Mr Schoch and his wife would be giving evidence for the plaintiff's case.

The court heard the dispute over the employment contract would make up some of the case, along with coal and oil deals that Mr Schoch was involved in, which he would be paid for if he completed certain tasks.

The lawyers also agreed to hand in outlines of their arguments to the judge.

The trial is set for September 7 in Brisbane.


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