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Palmer's Wife Due To Answer Q's In Federal Court


Businessman and former federal MP Clive Palmer leaves the Supreme Court, in Brisbane, Wednesday, August 23, 2017.  AAP Image/Samantha Manchee

Clive Palmer's wife is due to face some questions in the Federal Court in Brisbane on Thursday.

Anna Alexandrova Palmer is tipped to be quizzed about the collapse of Queensland Nickel in 2016. 

The ABC is reporting that leaking chemicals, a disintegrating asbestos roof and crumbling structures are some of the concerns raised by authorities looking at the nickel refinery near Townsville.

Palmer sent a statement to the ABC saying operators have been working with authorities in accordance to workplace laws.

The revelations comes after ABC'S 7.30 reported that there had been a dangerous explosion at the site.

Concerns have also been raised around the srtructural integrity of the building.

The ABC said one of the reports, carried out by private engineering firm WorleyParsons in 2016 on behalf of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), found structures at the refinery visually corroded and deteriorated amid chemical leaks.

It also found degraded staircases and handrails — and parts of an asbestos roof — had caved in on one of the key buildings, allowing rain to come in and pool on the floor.

WHSQ found other issues across two subsequent investigations in 2017 and 2018.

In its latest inquiry, while WHSQ acknowledged some pipes and structural supports had been repaired, other issues were left outstanding.

Mr Palmer's statement to the ABC also said "At all times Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd, the current manager of the refinery, has been compliant with the act and has continued to work with the relevant authorities to ensure that the Refinery is safe and compliant".

By Michelle Price