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Not in favour … Sarah Hanson-Young. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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

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

Her colleague Lee Rhiannon congratulated the activist Jonathan Moylan, who issued a bogus press release purporting to be from ANZ Bank cancelling a loan facility.

But another Greens senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, said the stunt was not something she would encourage. She told Sky News: ''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.''

Another Greens senator, Peter Whish-Wilson, told The Australian Financial Review he would not have taken such action or congratulated Mr Moylan for it.

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