The nation’s foremost campaigner against pornography got Grubsheet kicked off Facebook and complained to the Australian government’s eSafety Commissioner that we didn’t have her consent to publish the pornographic images she took of herself and she sent to her lover, Aseri Radrodro. Yet Lynda Tabuya thinks nothing of defying Fiji’s Online Safety Commission and continuing to share images of the savage beating of a child that Fijians were specifically asked officially not to continue to share.
As of last night, the Minister for Women, Children and Social Protection had shared that video with 2,400 other people through her personal Facebook page long after the Commission had issued its request that people cease to do so. Why? Because as with everything else, Lynda Tabuya doesn’t believe the rules that apply to everyone else apply to her.
She has cynically tried to benefit politically from the savage beating of the young girl that went viral on social media AFTER the perpetrator had been brought to account and appeared before the courts. What possible benefit was there to continue to share those shocking images not only after the wheels of justice had begun turning but AFTER the Online Safety Commission had issued its appeal?
It is the same shocking disregard for normal standards of behaviour that Lynda Tabuya showed with her drug and alcohol-fuelled sex romp with Aseri Radrodro last August in Room 233 of the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne while the sacked minister for education’s wife, Sainiana, slept in a nearby room on the same corridor. The Minister for Women and Children is a disgrace and must be removed at once.
Unfortunately, the intelligence emanating from the current inquiry into Lynda Tabuya’s conduct in Melbourne by a PAP disciplinary committee indicates that she is going to escape without censure. Grubsheet sources say that those in the party who want her brought to account are being overruled by PAP members determined to produce a verdict that clears her because of “insufficient evidence”. Just imagine that, Fiji. All anyone has to do is to ask the Minister to lift up her blouse to see if she has tattoos of turtles on her back that were clearly visible in one of the photos that Australia’s eSafety Commissioner told Grubsheet we didn’t have her consent to share and that it ordered us to take it down. And they are evidently baulking at that and reportedly intend to clear the Minister of the allegations against her.
According to these sources, the Prime Minister intends to ride out the scandal over what happened in Room 233, just as he intends to ride out calls for the removal of Siromi Turaga and Salesi Temo for their violations of the Constitution in illegally appointing the Acting DPP, John Rabuku, and the Supreme Court judge, Alipate Qetaki. Why? Because he can get away with it, with no credible opposition and with the leaders of FijiFirst again before the courts.
We have entered a new dark age in Fiji where a complete breakdown in moral standards in public life is taking place before our very eyes presided over by a man who promised better standards of governance than his predecessors but is excusing the inexcusable and defending the indefensible and justifying it to himself and his colleagues on the basis that he can get away with it because there is no-one to bring his government to account.
Lynda Tabuya is fast becoming a symbol of that defiance – someone who can get away with a sex scandal and alleged drug taking and also defy the Online Safety Commission by continuing to share images of an appalling attack on a defenceless girl. It isn’t in the interests of that girl that she has taken up this case but her own political survival – posing as someone who cares when in defying the Online Safety Commission, she has proved that she doesn’t care at all and regards herself as above the law and above conventional standards of proper conduct.
It is the ultimate irony that it is Grubsheet, not Lynda Tabuya, who is complying with the Online Safety Commission’s appeal not to share the beating video clip, just as we complied with the order by Australia’s eSafety Commissoner to remove the image of the turtles on Lynda Tabuya’s back because we didn’t have her consent to share it. But both incidents remain an indelible stain on this prize hypocrite, who may be well be cleared by her colleagues in the PAP but will be hounded all the way to the next election and beyond until she is out of public life. Because there is only one word for her conduct. WRONG.
POSTSCRIPT: Lynda Tabuya has continued her grossly inappropriately conduct by publicly supporting a private funding appeal for the victim of the attack. (see below) She is the Minister for Children, for God’s sake, and has the entire resources of the state to dedicate to the victim’s wellbeing. Though we must be grateful for small mercies. She at least isn’t offering prizes of her favourite tipple, Jack Daniels, to those who dig deep for a child who is being shamelessly exploited by this low-life to save her political skin.