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Fed govt should help Qld Nickel: Premier

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the federal government hasn't been doing enough to help the 237 workers sacked from Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel or affected communities in the state's north.

Ms Palaszczuk said her Commonwealth counterparts needed to match the state's support for the Townsville region, which has included an accelerated works program to help the economy and create jobs.

"I do find it a little extraordinary that the federal government has done little in this area - they've set up a website, they've put in $500,000, but there is so much more we could do if all three levels of government worked together," Ms Palaszczuk told the American Chamber of Commerce of Queensland lunch in Brisbane on Thursday.

The state's mines minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, accused Mr Palmer of not taking the plight of his workers seriously enough.

Dr Lynham said he was "extremely disappointed" with how the businessman-turned-politician had handled the sacking of 237 workers at his refinery, particularly by refusing to guarantee their entitlements.

"He should take it far more seriously than what he has," he said.

"I want to see the people in Queensland Nickel that are presently holding their employment to have their jobs.

"I'd like to see, ideally, Queensland Nickel be transferred to another company that will keep this plant, this refinery, going into the future."

Meanwhile, Mr Palmer has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull so he had "the relevant facts of the matter" regarding the refinery, which was last month placed into voluntary administration.

Mr Palmer told the prime minister its prosperity was totally reliant on world commodity prices.

"It is disappointing that the Australian government on this issue is more interested in taking cheap political shots against a management team that has worked so hard to achieve a positive outcome for the company," Mr Palmer wrote.

He also defended the decision of his "family-owned company" donating money to his Palmer United Party, saying Queensland Nickel also donated heavily to the Liberals before 2013.

"I have heard no such criticism in respect to those donations," Mr Palmer said.