The High Court has rejected a bid to remove arrest warrants for Clive Palmer's nephew Clive Mensink, which will force him to face a court examination over the Queensland Nickel collapse.
The warrants mean Mr Mensink, who has been on an open-ended overseas trip since June 2016 after the company went into liquidation, will be arrested upon returning to Australia.
The High Court on Wednesday dismissed a special leave application that would have allowed Mr Mensink to appeal the warrants in the court.
Mr Mensink was the sole registered director of the Palmer-owned Queensland Nickel when it folded with debts of $300 million in 2016, causing the loss of hundreds of jobs at its Townsville refinery.
QN's liquidators have since been trying to bring him to court to grill him over the company's demise but he's never appeared.
His High Court application came after the Federal Court dismissed an appeal against the two warrants he is subject to in June.
During a hearing in March, Mr Mensink's lawyers fought the warrants, questioning if proper legal steps needed to issue the March 2017 warrants were undertaken.
The Federal Court was also given excuses for his failure to appear, including claims of mental and physical health issues and the need to travel to the Netherlands to visit elderly relatives.
But the court knocked back the bid, finding "none of the contentions or submissions advanced on Mr Mensink's behalf has any merit" and the arguments put forward "were unclear and rather confused."
The first warrant ordered the arrest of Mr Mensink so he could be brought before the court for examination following an earlier ruling.
When Mr Mensink failed to appear, a second was issued so he could answer a charge of contempt of court.
His failed efforts to have the warrants revoked come as Mr Palmer remains in a legal battle with the liquidators for QN.
The liquidators will try to claw back hundreds of millions of dollars owed to creditors when the matter goes to trial in April.
Mr Palmer, who is preparing to resurrect his political career at the next federal election, has also appointed Mr Mensink the European chief of his Titanic II project.
He has said Mr Mensink will oversee the Paris-based replica cruise ship project and was excited about the prospect when the pair met recently in Bulgaria.