Greens split over Whitehaven hoax PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 January 2013 08:14

The Australian Greens are split over a hoax that temporarily wiped $300 million off the value of Whitehaven Coal.


Greens leader Christine Milne has said the action was part a long and proud history of civil disobedience.

Her colleague Lee Rhiannon congratulated activist Jonathan Moylan, who issued a bogus press release purporting to be from the ANZ Bank and which said the bank had cancelled a $1.2 billion loan facility for Whitehaven's Maules Creek project in northwest NSW.

But another Greens senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, said the stunt was not something she would encourage.

When asked whether she supported Moylan's action, she told Sky News on Thursday: "I wouldn't be encouraging people to go willy-nilly and taking this type of action.

"I understand why it was taken, I understand the frustrations but don't encourage others to do it."

Senator Hanson-Young said political action in the past had helped create social change.

"This one obviously has caused a stir."

Another Greens senator, Peter Whish-Wilson, said he would not have taken the protest action.

"And neither would I publicly congratulate an activist for taking that action," he told The Australian Financial Review.

"I have a different view to Senator Rhiannon in that respect."

Senator Whish-Wilson insisted he did not disagree with his leader's comments, but said protests like Mr Moylan's had costs and consequences.


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