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More on the ANZ coal investment hoax, this time from the Global Mail. MIke Seccombe puts perspective to the ridiculous statements made by Liberal Eric Abetz, calling the Greens extremists and communists for congratulating Moylan on his protest against the rape and pillage of state forests in NSW.

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By Mike Seccombe January 10, 2013

According to Liberal frontbencher Eric Abetz, the Australian Greens Party is the ‘epitome of extremism’. Talk about the pot calling the kettle extremist.

Abetz was inspired to his alliterative epithet because a couple of Greens Senators, notably party leader Christine Milne, refused to condemn the anti-coal activist Jonathan Moylan, over a hoax which — for about 90 minutes, until it was discovered — decreased the value of Whitehaven Coal by more than $300 million on Monday.

It was the simplest of hoaxes. Moylan dummied up a press release, purporting to be from the ANZ Bank, saying it had withdrawn a $1.2 billion loan for a new coal mine.

(The trick, we might add, would not have had its effect if members of the financial media had bothered to check the veracity of Moylan’s fake press release before publishing stories.)

Milne described the hoax as being part of ‘a long and proud history of civil disobedience’ in Australia.

This was, when you parse it, a pretty mild endorsement, more a statement of the bleeding obvious, really.


“Nobody who is under 28 has lived through a month of global temperatures that fell below the 20th-century average, because the last such month was February 1985,” it reported.

Got that? Nobody. In the world.

And here in Australia we have two major political groups: the Coalition parties which don’t know whether they believe in climate change or not, and the Labor Party, which pays lip service to the need to do something but is intent on extracting more fossil fuels as fast as possible.

And then there are the Greens, who accept there is a crisis, and actually have the temerity to suggest it is unethical to mine ever-increasing amounts of the stuff which is causing the crisis.

Is this extremist? Or just logical?

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Written by Sean Bozkewycz

January 12, 2013 at 03:25

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