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Investigation finds VicForests hired a private investigator to spy on environmental campaigners

Victoria's state-owned logging agency conducted "unlawful" surveillance of private citizens by hiring a private investigator to spy on them, an investigation has found.

The investigation was sparked by an ABC report in 2021, in which a private investigator blew the whistle on his alleged spying work for VicForests.

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He claimed VicForests hired him to “collect dirt” on three environmentalists and a university professor in an attempt to discredit them.

In 2022, the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) launched an investigation into the claims.

OVIC’s report, published this…

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