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Australia: Greens leaders endorse deception and fraud

January 9, 2013

THE Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne, has endorsed a controversial hoax by an anti-coal activist, saying his actions were ”part of a long and proud history of civil disobedience, potentially breaking the law, to highlight something wrong”.

Her comments came after a tweet by her colleague Lee Rhiannon, who publicly congratulated Jonathan Moylan, an activist under scrutiny for impersonating a bank and temporarily wiping $314 million off the value of Whitehaven Coal.

”Congrats to Jonathan Moylan, Frontline Action on Coal, for exposing ANZ investment in coalmines,” Ms Rhiannon tweeted on Tuesday night.

Mr Moylan orchestrated an elaborate hoax on Monday in which he tricked investors into thinking that a recent $1.2 billion loan arranged by ANZ for Whitehaven had been cancelled on ethical grounds.

Shares in Whitehaven, which counts the struggling coal baron Nathan Tinkler as its biggest shareholder, fell from $3.52 to $3.21 in rapid time before the stock was put into a trading halt.

Mr Moylan designed a fake ANZ press template, website and dummy email inbox online and impersonated a company spokesperson to callers, including Fairfax Media. Moylan is now obtaining legal representation, and has received calls from ASIC.


Inspired by the hoax, Christine Milne has announced that from now on she will impersonate a responsible leader.


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