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Grubsheet Feejee is the blogsite of Graham Davis, a dual Fijian-Australian national working as an independent media professional in both countries.
He hosts The Great Divide, a weekly political discussion program on the Southern Cross Austereo television network in Australia, is a regional advisor to Qorvis - the global US communications giant - and writes opinion for Fiji's biggest selling newspaper, the Fiji Sun.
Graham has had a four decade-long career in the mainstream media in Britain, Australia and Fiji. He has reported for the BBC, ABC, SBS and the Nine and Seven networks and written for a range of newspapers and magazines in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. His multiple awards include Walkley and Logie Awards in Australia and a New York Festivals medal in the United States.
Graham is broadly supportive of the Bainimarama Government's multiracial agenda but invites comments from people of all political persuasions.Please don't label your return volley "anonymous". Give yourself a name or pseudonym so that readers can track your progress over time.
Feejee is the original name for Fiji - a derivative of the indigenous Viti and the Tongan Fisi - and was widely used until the late 19th century.
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Posted on May 14, 2013 | 52 CommentsThe 26th anniversary of the first 1987 Coup has revived some traumatic memories for many of us who lived through it – the shock, the air of menace, the violence, the feeling that Fiji would never be the same again. Tens of thousands of our best and smartest people simply decided there and then that there was no future for...
Posted on May 8, 2013 | 55 CommentsThe Government’s cyber critics have been blindsided by the announcement that all three former major political parties – Labour, the National Federation Party and SODELPA, the former SDL – have been cleared to contest the 2014 election. The declaration by the Registrar of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, that all three entities had cleared the hurdle came last Thursday. Yet as of...
Posted on May 3, 2013 | 25 CommentsThe Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has spoken of waging a “battle of ideas” to win next year’s election in Fiji after all three major established parties – Labour, the National Federation Party, and SODELPA, the former SDL – were cleared to register as political entities to contest the poll. Commodore Bainimarama restated his intention to form his own party to...
Posted on April 19, 2013 | 64 CommentsThere’s elation in Fijian Government circles over the highly successful outcome of this week’s visit to Papua New Guinea by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, at the head of the biggest Fijian trade and investment mission ever to visit another country. The original aims of the visit were ambitious enough – to lay more of the foundation for the...
Posted on March 26, 2013 | 185 CommentsThere are increasing signs of desperation among the anti-government forces in Fiji as the country moves closer to the introduction of a brand of democracy that they are desperately trying to prevent – a non-racial model of one person, one vote, one value. That sense of desperation has reached fever pitch with the publication of the new Draft Constitution –...
Posted on March 20, 2013 | 79 Comments
Posted on March 15, 2013 | 52 CommentsThe Fijian Government’s Look North policy in global affairs is well known – the change of axis forced on it by the uncompromising stance of its neighbours, Australia and New Zealand, in the wake of Voreqe Bainimarama’s 2006 takeover. What’s not widely appreciated is that the Government is also pursuing a Look North policy of a different kind – a...
Posted on March 7, 2013 | 148 CommentsFew people with access to the Internet can have failed to be shocked and distressed at the extraordinary video that emerged this week of two recaptured Fijian prison escapees being ill-treated by their captors. The clip that has appeared on local television is a sanitised version of the original, which at the time of writing has been viewed almost 60,000...
Posted on March 2, 2013 | 26 CommentsThe aural island idyll of gentle breezes wafting through swaying palms and waves softly breaking onto pristine shores is taking a real battering in Fiji. You can’t go anywhere without being assailed by rock music played at the highest decibels and Grubsheet, for one, has had enough. We want paradise restored – to not only be able to smell the...
Posted on February 20, 2013 | 52 CommentsScandalising the judicial system has come at a heavy price for the venerable Fiji Times, its former publisher, Brian O’Flaherty, and the current publisher and editor, Fred Wesley. Sentence was passed on the paper today after it was found guilty of contempt for republishing comments about Fiji’s judiciary made to the New Zealand media by Tai Nicholas, the Secretary of...