Courtroom Clive takes it up a notch. We’re not sure how Clive Palmer’s going to manage his time if all the court battles he’s vowed to pursue in recent months actually end up in court.

Last night, Palmer added one more to his long list of legal pursuits, telling ABC’s 7:30 that the carbon tax is unconstitutional according to his own legal advice, and that he’s willing to challenge it in the High Court.

Palmer boasts that he has a 68-0 success rate in court cases and once listed “litigation” as a hobby in his Who’s Who biography. As well as the carbon tax, he’s currently got Hyatt Hotels, QR National and Frank Lowy in his sights.

Meanwhile, the No. 8 spot on our Rich Crusaders list, also took a swing at Treasurer Wayne Swan: “I’ve given away each year more than a hundred times the Treasurer’s salary to Australians who are needy.”

You don’t always have to pick the Gonskies. Serial board member David Gonski, currently embroiled in plenty of controversy surrounding his Future Fund appointment, reckons the corporate culture surrounding board positions needs to change.

He says organisations should “draw from 100% of the population” in order to fill board positions, and that more women must be appointed.

“I don’t know how we men got away with it for so long,” Gonski said yesterday at an event in Perth organised by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. “To draw from 49% of the population cannot possibly be as good as choosing the best from the whole 100%.”

Still, to draw from 100% of David Gonski is better. As the Future Fund now knows.

(Will David Gonski really run the Future Fund? Check out The Power Index‘s guide to how it all works.)

Demetriou: stop stealing our stuff. Optus has unsuccessfully attempted to obtain a court order to gag Andrew Demetriou, but the AFL boss keeps kicking at the Telco regarding the current copyright dispute before the Federal Court of Appeal in Sydney.

“What Optus is doing is akin to theft. They should be ashamed of themselves, they are an unethical group,” Demetriou told reporters during the first day of hearings yesterday.

The AFL, along with Telstra and the National Rugby League, are currently fighting a February Federal Court decision that allows Optus to continue to stream football games on mobile devices, on a two minute delay from the live broadcast.

We’ve been told that Demetriou, No. 1 on our sports power list, has a particularly thick skin and likes to have complete control of the a situation. He’s not for silencing, nor for giving up.

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Peter Fray

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