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PM to pursue Palmer with 'full vigour'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to pursue Clive Palmer through the courts with "full vigour" even if the controversial billionaire wins a spot in parliament at the federal election.

Should he remain prime minister at the poll on Saturday, Mr Morrison says Mr Palmer would not be given leniency even if his support is vital in the Senate.

Mr Palmer has so far refused to cough up the $66 million paid to his former workers by the federal government, saying this should be paid by the administrators who wound up his nickel refinery.

His nephew, Clive Mensink, made 218 workers redundant just three days before he placed Queensland Nickel into voluntary administration in 2016, owing about $300 million in debts.

"We will continue to pursue that measure through the courts," Mr Morrison told the National Press Club in Canberra on Thursday.

"With full vigour. And (we) are very confident in our ability to pursue that, as we absolutely should."

Efforts to recover hundreds of millions of dollars owed by Queensland Nickel continue, with a trial to hear claims set down for July 15.

But some workers have begun receiving payments, with at least 20 claims totalling around $450,000 paid from a $7 million trust account established earlier this month by the billionaire businessman

A further 30 claims are expected to be settled before Saturday's election.

Mr Palmer is running for a Queensland Senate seat, as a member of the United Australia Party.

© AAP 2019