Jun 17, 2011

Two grand for Barnaby’s ‘mind blowing’ India epic with Gina

Crikey can reveal that while Gina Rinehart paid for Barnaby Joyce and deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop to travel to nuptials in India, Joyce used his overseas parliamentary study entitlement for the return leg from Kuala Lumpur.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Renegade Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce tapped the taxpayer for $2,000 last week to attend the lavish wedding of a granddaughter of an Indian billionaire engaged in delicate negotiations with iron ore matriarch Gina Rinehart to buy two of her Queensland assets.


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14 thoughts on “Two grand for Barnaby’s ‘mind blowing’ India epic with Gina

  1. drmick

    So Julie Bishop was the sacred cow and Barnaby did the stand up.

    I can just see it now. “Indians eh, you mob aren’t Indians where are your feathers and war paint”?
    (cue death stare from cow)

  2. Oscar Jones

    Now we see why Kevin Rudd’s proposed new mining tax was sooo unfair on these struggling mine owners.

    What with cuddly Clive Palmer giving out 50 gleaming Mercs last Christmas and Gina’s largesse they really do need every penny just to survive.


    Dare I say it? Julie Bishop has no problem (she says) with the expression, so here goes:

    Have these two Coalition pollies been “pussy whipped” by Gina Rinehart?

    Just askin’.

  4. drmick

    The miners private jets are getting a workout; Naura India, Marlboro Country, all tax deductible too.

  5. klewso

    “Like a Rinehart Cowboy” – “Gettin cards and letters from people I don’t even know…”?

    “Cousin Jethro’s” acted as little more than a lobbyist for “the miner parties” for years – one reason he’s so “open minded and sceptical at the same time”, he sold it to “real” primate change scientists, years ago?

  6. klewso

    “I’ve been workin’ these streets so long
    Singin’ the same old song
    I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Canbra,
    Where hustle’s the name of the game
    And nice guys get washed away like the snow and the rain
    There’s been a load of compromisin’
    On the road to my “Horizon”
    But I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me

    Like a Rinehart cowboy
    Riding out on a plane to a star-spangled rodeo
    Like a Rinehart cowboy
    Getting cards and letters from people I don’t even know
    And offers comin’ over the phone”
    (apologies Glenn Campbell)

  7. Spectator

    So Bishop & Joyce take Reinhart’s coin to travel to India. What a sad reflection on both of them and the people they purport to represent. Reinhart like her Father Lang Hancock (sound biblical but it isn’t!) is using her resources more & more to try and influence political opinion. Lang’s favourite was Bjelke Petersen who must have been flown by private jet from Q’land to Perth at least 8 times. Bishop & Joyce now join Viscount Monckton on Gina’s gravy train. Presumably Gina Reinhart also contributes to Bishop’s war chest at election time? If so, what a waste of money.

  8. david

    Just another indication, as if it was needed, showing exactly who are the Libs and Nats friends. WAKE UP AUSTRALIA!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Paul

    “Joyce will need to lodge a report on the strip with Special Minister of State Gary Gray in the next 30 days.”

    Was it just Barnaby who stripped or also Julie and maybe even Gina as well?

  10. zut alors


    A chuckle always comes forth when Joyce is referred to as Cousin Jethro. I first read it somewhere in Crikey a year or two ago. Are you the originator of this fine soubriquet?

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