Clive Palmer and Bill Schoch during happier days.
Clive Palmer and Bill Schoch during happier days. john mccutcheon

Former employee suing Clive says they'll be friends again

THE former employee suing Clive Palmer for $4.6 million believes the mining magnate and Fairfax MP will try to be his friend again.

Bill Schoch, the former Palmer Coolum Resort manager, also appeared to take little offence at Mr Palmer's comments in and outside the Brisbane Supreme Court during the hearing this week.

Mr Palmer said Mr Schoch, who was also his Palmer United candidate for Fisher, was little more than a "dogsbody".

But Mr Schoch said he wouldn't be surprised if one day Mr Palmer contacted him again.

"Clive is the sort of character who, one day when this is all passed, will ring up or drop by and say 'let's go out'.

"That's life, he gets on with things.

"He is the same as everybody else, he has good points."

The former Palmer Coolum Resort manager claims Mr Palmer offered him $5 million to work for him, but he was only paid $100,000 a year.

Mr Palmer has strongly defended the legal action against him, telling the court it made no sense he would agree to pay an employee hired as an accountant $1 million a year.

Mr Schoch remained hopeful Justice John Bond would accept his version.

"The judge has heard my side of the story; he has also heard Mr Palmer's side," he said.

"Now we wait for judgment. It will probably take a few months to make sure he has got it right."

Mr Schoch said Mr Palmer was "quite entitled to say what he likes" in terms of calling him names.

Mr Schoch said it was normal to "expect the unexpected" with Mr Palmer as "obviously, he is a character".

He said he has moved on since his sacking and in 2013 and has another job.


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