Bianca Rinehart had sought documentary evidence from former deputy PM to use in family trust battle
Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, who once advised the Rineharts to keep their family problems “out of public view”, won’t have to provide documentary evidence in a legal battle over a multi-billion-dollar family trust.
Bianca Rinehart, who was granted control of the trust in 2015, is alleging in the NSW supreme court that her mother, Gina, withheld up to $500m worth of dividend payments owed to the trust by her company Hancock Prospecting.
But Gina Rinehart’s eldest daughter’s attempt to subpoena Joyce before an August court hearing was rebuffed by Justice Julie Ward in a judgment released on Tuesday.
Bianca Rinehart issued subpoenas seeking documents to explain the circumstances of donations to Joyce, the Institute of Public Affairs and CEF Pty Ltd.
Gina Rinehart presented a $40,000 prize to Joyce at a national agriculture event in November 2017 which he subsequently returned.