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The WA Government is hoping to pass emergency legislation today to block Clive Palmer from suing the state for nearly $30 billion over a failed mining deal.

The billionaire and his company Mineralogy are suing the WA Government in relation to the Balmoral South iron ore project in the Pilbara region.

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The amount equates to WA’s entire annual budget or every man, woman and child in the state owing Mr Palmer $12,000 each.

Clive Palmer is taking action against the WA Government over a failed mine collapse and the state’s tough border restrictions. (9News)

The government has since introduced urgent legislation into state parliament hoping to stop Mr Palmer’s damages claim.

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Speaking this morning Mr Palmer called the move “an act of intimidation”.

Mr Palmer’s proposal to build the mine was rejected in August 2012 by the then government, headed by ex-premier Colin Barnett.

It is alleged Mr Palmer and his companies were hit with huge financial losses including damages, interest and costs because they were unable to sell the project to a Chinese company resulting from decisions made by the state.

Clive Palmer and Mark McGowan.
Clive Palmer and WA Premier Mark McGowan are locked in a war of words. (Alex Ellinghausen/Trevor Collins)

“Even if Mineralogy and International Minerals succeeded in a fraction of their damages claim, this would have serious financial consequences for the state of Western Australia and Western Australians,” Attorney-General John Quigley said.

An ongoing arbitration claim between Mr Palmer and the WA Government over the proposal has never been resolved.

The case was scheduled to be heard on November 30, but the legislation was brought forward by the state to halt Mr Palmer’s legal action.

The legislation will be debated today, with WA’s Government urging opposition parties to give it bipartisan support.

Clive Palmer is suing the WA Government for $30 billion after his proposal to build a mine was rejected. (Domain)

Speaking on 6PR radio today, Mr Palmer said the legal action “relates to failures by the government, not failures by me”.

“Those things need to be corrected,” Mr Palmer told Steve Mills and Basil Zempilas.

“I wanted to create 10,000 more jobs in Western Australia and the government stopped me from doing it. And there’s a great cost to the community.”

Mr Palmer denied wanting to send every WA resident broke.

“Well of course I don’t. Nobody wants to do that,” he said.”

Writing on Twitter earlier today, Mr Palmer said of the government’s timing: “The actions of the WA State Government to pass legislation against me is an act of intimidation because I exercised my right to challenge a decision that is unconstitutional.”

“The legislation they have passed to try and stop me and my company has been done a week after the Premier declared war on me and declared me an enemy of the State.”

The case is separate to legal action being taken by Mr Palmer against Premier Mark McGowan’s government, arguing the state’s tough border closure is unconstitutional.

Mr McGowan vowed the state would “continue our battle, our war with Clive Palmer”, arguing the case was “against our interests, against the country’s interests”.

Mark McGowan.
Mark McGowan declared he was at “war” with Clive Palmer. (Nine)

“The power to declare war as the Premier knows does not vest with a State Government or indeed the Premier of Western Australia,” Mr Palmer wrote on Twitter on Monday.

“It’s disturbing that the Premier believes he can declare war on a citizen because a citizen has sought a judicial determination before the High Court of Australia.”

In response, Mr McGowan said the billionaire “talks rubbish”.

“If he has his way, people in Western Australia will potentially die,” Mr McGowan said.

“I call that war. We’re at war with him because he is doing the wrong thing here.

“He is being selfish, he is putting his own interests ahead of the people of WA and I think he needs to pull back. He needs to retreat.”