Clive Palmer's allegations senior Liberal National Party figures were out to damage him politically would be more befitting of the "Mad Hatter's tea party", a Queensland Supreme Court judge has said.
The criticism was made in a hearing related to liquidators trying to claw back $70 million in taxpayer funds paid to sacked Townsville Queensland Nickel workers.
On Friday the court heard Mr Palmer made an application to seek leave to file a proposed defence and counterclaim in relation to the upcoming trial.
It was the latest salvo in the lengthy legal battle following the Townsville refinery's closure in 2016 which left about 800 workers without jobs.
The court was told Mr Palmer's defence included a range of claims.
Mr Palmer contended the proceedings were an abuse of process, would bring the administration of justice into disrepute and should be dismissed or permanently stayed.
The court was told Mr Palmer claimed the case should be stayed in the interest of justice because some statements relating to the proceedings had been made under parliamentary privilege.
This was something Justice David Jackson described as "quixotic".
The court also heard Mr Palmer alleged the government's application of a special purpose liquidator to chase debts was done under the influence of senior sitting coalition politicians which included Michaelia Cash, Stuart Robert and Scott Morrison among other members.
The court was told Mr Palmer alleged the liquidators were appointed for the improper purpose of a political campaign against Palmer rather than to recover the debt.
This allegation was something Justice Jackson said lacked factual basis.
He refused Mr Palmer's application.
"Even clearer in my view is the absence of any factual basis of the allegation that any of the plaintiffs ... to do the political bidding of LNP members," Justice Jackson said.
"Some of the allegations said to support the improper purpose would be more at home in an exchange made at the Mad Hatter's tea party."
Outside court, Mr Palmer was asked how he felt making the allegations while also negotiating preference deals between his United Australia Party and the LNP in the upcoming federal election next month.
"(The legal proceedings) is for things about four or five years ago, so that's the trouble with our legal process, they're very slow unfortunately," he said
Australian Associated Press