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MOYLAN ESCAPES PRISON SENTENCE FOR STUNT

Jonathan Moylan, the Newcastle environmental activist responsible for temporarily wiping hundreds of millions of dollars from a mining company’s value, has been handed a good behaviour bond for the stunt. 26-year-old Moylan issued a bogus press release in January last year that claimed the ANZ Bank had withdrawn a $1.2-billion loan to Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek mine near Gunnedah. The press release said the bank was pulling out because of an unsteady coal market and for corporate responsibility. Some media outlets reported the contents of the bogus release which led to $300-million being temporarily wiped from Whitehaven’s share price. In the New South Wales Supreme Court, Justice David Davies said Moylan was “not a criminal in the classic sense”, but added his actions did result in a number of investors losing money, or their investment completely. “It is clear the …

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UPDATED: MAN DIES AFTER CENTRAL COAST SHOOTING

It’s believed a well-known car enthusiast was the person fatally shot on the Central Coast overnight. Police found 29-year-old Laurie Starling inside a four-wheel drive, out the front of his car restoration business in West Gosford, at around 7:45pm. Police say three men were seen running from the area before getting into a hatchback parked nearby. They’re reportedly investigating whether the shooting was bikie-related.

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UPDATED: SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING SWEDISH SWIMMER

Police have confirmed a swimmer missing off South West Rocks is a Swedish exchange student. The 26-year-old was camping with a companion at the Smokey Cape Camping Reserve, when he went for a swim at about 5pm. About 15 minutes later, it’s believed the man got into difficulty and disappeared. An immediate air and sea search of the area failed to find the man and was later called off due to rough surf conditions. Efforts are continuing to locate the man, in the area south of Smokey Cape Lighthouse.

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NSW LEADER SIGNALS SUPPORT FOR LEGALISATION OF MARIJUANA

In one of the strongest signs of support for the Haslam family and their push to decriminalise medicinal cannabis, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has indicated there could soon be a law change. The Haslam family met with the Premier in Sydney yesterday – as Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson continues to push for a private members bill. The Premier indicated the bill could be tabled in two parts – the first addressing decriminalisation for terminally ill people and the second for dealing with supply issues. (VISION ONLY)

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