Documents received by VEXNEWS illustrate that the powerful figure in the Liberal National Party in Queensland takes a very hands-on role to dealing with government officials.
Prior to the 2007 federal election, Palmer wrote to the then federal Attorney-General Phil Ruddock and to the Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough asking that they deem the accommodation attached to a port to be part of the port itself for the purposes of the Native Title Act.
What caught our eye in the documents is that Mineralogy â€“ Palmerâ€™s company â€“ even drafted the written determination for the Attorney-General to just quickly sign off.
Very helpful. He might have also couriered a rubber-stamp too.
This correspondence probably just a little bit too cosy for those worried that Palmer, a huge donor to the LNP in Queensland, might exercise too much influence on politicians who are grateful for his largesse.
Needless to say, Mineralogy eventually obtained permission to build the accommodation facilities as part of the Cape Preston port, in north-west WA.
Palmer is understood to have been very generous to the National Party in WA, which has previously struggled for money and has been revitalised by their dynamic leader Brendon Grylls.