Undeterred, unrepentant and dancing dangerously around a minefield of “non-disparagement” clauses, John Hancock has a prediction for his “day of reckoning” — that heads will roll.
“Some Hancock Prospecting staff should be worried if there is a change in leadership,” he warned yesterday, describing a scenario in which control of the family company would shift from his mother, Gina Rinehart, to her children.
That was when senior executives who had pressured him and his sisters during the family’s protracted 17-month feud would be judged on their actions, Mr Hancock said.
In an explosive interview with The Weekend West, Mrs Rinehart’s only son vowed to continue his court battle against his mother, targeted key executives within the family company who he believes were incorrect in the views they expressed to him and said there had been a shift in culture within the family and in Hancock Prospecting that his late grandfather, Lang Hancock, would never have allowed.
He said the gulf between him and his mother was dramatic.
“I think my mother’s view for the House of Hancock and its future and my view have so many differences that I feel compelled to say something publicly ... it has been self-evident for several years now (that) there is a House of Rinehart and a House of Hancock,” he said.
Mr Hancock said his mother and his estranged sister Ginia, who has stuck by the mining magnate’s side and was being publicly groomed as her replacement, would be welcome into his vision of the House of Hancock, which was very different to theirs.
“The House of Hancock is open to all family members, with great capacity for forgiveness,” he said.
Mr Hancock’s comments reflect tensions in the bitter family feud and come a week after it was revealed his sister Hope Welker was broke and pulling out of the multibillion-dollar court action she spearheaded against their mother more than 1½ years ago, leaving just Mr Hancock and his other sister, Bianca Rinehart, to fight on.
Bianca has confirmed she has no intention of backing down from the action against her mother.
Responding to a series of written questions, Mr Hancock spoke yesterday of his confidence of an eventual court win and said his strong network of support and financial backers meant the case would continue even without Hope on board.READ THE FULL INTERVIEW - ONLY IN THE WEEKEND WEST
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