TIME TO SCUTTLE OFF JOCELYN

THIS IS  A VERY HOPEFUL ARTICLE FROM ‘THE AUSTRALIAN’ THAT SHOULD BE READ BY THE SCUMBAG LEGAL PRACTITIONERS WHO ARE SUPPORTING THE IG AND BREAKING THE LAW IN FIJI THAT THEY SHOULD BE UPHOLDING.

SO PLEASE JOCELYN PUT ON YOUR RIDICULOUS ORANGE STILLETOS AND PISS OFF BACK TO ‘THE MAIN COURSE’ IN WEST MELBOURNE WHERE YOU’RE BETTER SUITED TO OFFER YOUR EXPERTISE.

Greg Barns | August 22, 2008

JOCELYNNE Scutt’s decision to accept a judicial appointment from Fiji’s military-backed regime is a national embarrassment and it is time she came home.

Her presence on the Fiji bench is hurting Fiji’s democracy lobby and is at odds with this week’s strident criticism of the regime by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

The refusal of Victorian Legal Services Commissioner Victoria Marles to sanction Ms Scutt over her role in Fiji is, on every level, the wrong call.

By giving the green light to Ms Scutt, Ms Marles is sending a clear message to members of the Australian legal profession that in accepting judicial positions from undemocratic regimes around the world, they will not face sanctions from the regulators.

Ms Marles’s attitude appears also to undermine the position taken by Mr Rudd, who said Fiji’s military-backed regime was shredding the principles of democracy and South Pacific countries should collectively put pressure on Fiji to restore democracy.

A leading pro-democracy non-government organisation in Fiji, the Pacific Centre for Public Integrity, asked Ms Marles earlier this year to consider whether Ms Scutt’s conduct in accepting a judicial post last year from the administration backed by military officer Commodore Frank Bainimarama constituted unprofessional or professional misconduct.

It is a fair question, one would have thought, in the circumstances.

But, as this newspaper reported on August 8, Ms Marles thought the complaint was lacking in substance and that in any event, in her view, Ms Scutt’s acceptance of the appointment would not be, of itself, regarded as disgraceful or dishonourable by members of the legal profession.

To understand just how wrong-headed is Ms Marles’s conclusion, consider this example. Let us say an Australian lawyer accepted a judicial appointment from President Robert Mugabe’s brutal Zimbabwe regime.

There would be a legitimate sense of outrage in the general community that a western lawyer, who is meant to stand for the core values of liberal democracy, such as the rule of law and respect for democratic rights, would take such a position.

We would certainly question the judgment of that lawyer and might reasonably conclude that the person who took the appointment, and thus gave legitimacy to President Mugabe’s repressive and undemocratic modus operandi, had acted unprofessionally.

One could imagine the average person in the street would view Ms Scutt’s actions in the same poor light as the lawyer who takes a seat on a Zimbabwean court.

We can also compare Ms Scutt’s conduct to that of sports stars in relation to South African apartheid.

We stopped sports people from playing against South Africa until almost 20 years ago when that country rid itself of the racist apartheid regime, and if individual sports people or teams disobeyed that ban they were dealt with harshly by the appropriate sporting authority. Cricketers who went to South Africa in the early 1980s were banned from playing test cricket for Australia.

The conduct of sports people who played in South Africa, and thus gave legitimacy to the apartheid system there, was seen to be dishonourable by the majority of Australian sports fans at the time.

Ms Scutt is in no different a position to those sports people.

What is perhaps most disturbing about Ms Marles’s refusal to recognise that Ms Scutt’s acceptance of the appointment was not misconduct, is that many lawyers are sanctioned by legal regulators for sins of far less gravity.

Lawyers who are rude to clients, provide poor service, or who fail to provide Ms Marles and other regulators with full explanations of their conduct when requested to do so are regularly cited for professional misconduct.

No doubt in some cases it is deserved, but none of these offences could be considered remotely akin to a lawyer accepting a job from an internationally recognised illegitimate regime.

This view is fortified by virtue of the fact that the Chief Justice of Australia, Robert French, in effect the leader of the legal profession in our nation, refused to renew his commission as a judge in Fiji after the 2006 coup.

Justice French rightly observed that accepting a commission as a judge from the military-backed regime came at too high a price.

The attitudes and actions of Ms Marles and Ms Scutt are also undermining the Australian Government’s plan to pressure Fiji into restoring democracy.

As demonstrated again at this week’s South Pacific Forum on the tiny island nation of Niue, Australia, along with New Zealand, is leading the push to put sustained pressure on Fiji to return to democracy.

The Government’s rhetoric and actions in this regard are being undermined by the fact that an Australian citizen holds a senior judicial post in the very regime that we are condemning.

It is time for Ms Scutt to do the right thing by the people of Fiji, by resigning her commission and returning to Australia.

If she does that, she will be helping to restore democracy to Fiji and will enhance her standing in the eyes of her peers and the Australian community.

20 Responses to “TIME TO SCUTTLE OFF JOCELYN”

  1. qitawa Says:

    I agree, send all the judges home and have no more judiciary. That will collapse the IG and than we can have total anachy. We can have something worse than the year 2000 and have armed gangs rampaging through Suva killing policeman and soldiers, stealing from shops and destroying fijitv again, robbing idians in muaniweni and looting whatever house they want. We now have thousands of fijians who have fought insurgents in iraq escorting US supply convoys from lolohea’s and raivoce’s groups. Send the judges home and lets destroy everything that we have left in the judiciary.

  2. agent vinod Says:

    @ qitawa – u’re kidding right? If not, you are a looney.

  3. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    “Deprived of their rights”.

    These are the words of archbishop sinful pleading for help with his, soon to be history, military charter.

    “”””The Co-Chair of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji, has called on chiefs to allow the charter teams into their provinces.
    With the consultation process to begin shortly, Archbishop Petero Mataca says, people will be deprived of their rights if they are barred from participating.”””

    What about the jaundiced junta depriving the people of their rights to be represented by an elected parliament?

    What about the jaundiced junta depriving the people of their rights to respect for human rights?

    What about the jaundiced junta depriving the people of their rights to be represented by an effective Human Rights Commission?

    What about the jaundiced junta depriving the people of their rights to protest peaceful against decisions of an illegal junta?

    What about the jaundiced junta depriving the people of their rights to be represented at the Pacific Forum so that Fiji gains maximum benefits?

    What about the jaundiced junta depriving the people of their rights to clean water?

    Methinks that the corrupted cleric needs to start preaching AGAINST the increased militarization of Fiji as proposed by the military charter.

  4. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    agent vinod

    You are correct!

    The loonie above is a green goon therefore he is a loonie as he sheepishly follows orders from the madman, bananasinpyjamas.

  5. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    With reference to my post above regarding archbishop sinful, I wonder if sinful has actually read the childish military charter.

    Could someone get him to explain how he supports the military have control over the parliament?

    Bishops in China and other communist countries have been beaten, imprisoned and killed for opposing dictatorships and yet this fool supports the takeover of his country by the green goons.

    WHAT A FOOL!!!!

  6. agent vinod Says:

    @ SV – let us be non-discriminatory dears (as per our beloved Constitution) and be fair on that skinny-malila Mademoiselle Scutt by checking out her brother expat judges appointed post-Dec 06 coup…..

    Judge Edward Byrnes – a midget who emerged out of retirement in Ozzieland and is fast using up Fiji’s hair-dye supplies. Always seen gossiping with Justice Pathetic-Pathik.

    Judge Thomas Hickie -long sandy-haired, surfer-type of guy, always has shirt tails hanging out. Went all out and imposed a heavy fine against freedom activist Angenette Hefernnan when she spoke out against the biased, tainted judiciary. Has african girlfriend, likes his women black and submissive.

    Judge Andrew Bruce – looks like Father Christmas in long red gown with white trimmings, complete with white wig, white beard and twinkly eyes. Straight talking judge, cuts straight to the chase. Presiding over Ballu Khan et al case, the alleged political assassinators.

  7. Billy Says:

    If Australian govt is known to take a tough stand on its nationals that commit paedophilia abroad, why not take a tougher stand on its own legal persons that knowingly assist in the breaking of the law and committing treason by serving in a tainted judiciary that serves a corrupt, illegal and illegitimate govt? PM Rudd and Helen should call on its nationals serving in any capacity in IG to come home now or risk being hauled before Oz courts or even exiled in Fiji 4 ever.

  8. Adi Kaila Says:

    so just where are these gangs going to get their ‘arms’ from qitawa to create anarchy?

    Are these arms still in a container hidden away somewhere?

    The above article is about how our legal judiciary and government has been severely usurped by the treasonous military and being illegally replaced by legal practitioners & other fly by nights who in the process of making a quick buck are depriving the People of Fiji of their human rights and the dignity to be able to live and work in peace under the democratically elected government they voted in to lead the Nation. It also informs that if these legal practitioners behave unprofessionally in the countries they are citizens of they would come under severe scrutiny that could lead to them being disbarred.

    THE MAIN POINT IS ASKING WHY Jocelynne Scutt AN AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN HAS TAKEN UP THIS POST IN AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED ILLEGITIMATE REGIME.

    WHY IS SHE FLIPPING THE BIRD AT THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF AUSTRALIA ROBERT FRENCH WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION THERE & HAD DECLINED TO RENEW HIS COMMISSION AS JUDGE AFTER THE DREADFUL 5.12.06 COUP AND IS IN DIRECT OPPOSITION TO WHAT THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO STOP HAPPENING TO OUR NATION? This goes for all the other cicilevus like Gates who try to legitimise all that is so wrong in the eyes of the law, not only in Fiji but in their own countries of citizenship.

    We have our own Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki and Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase who should both be reinstated asap so Fiji can move forward – it really is the only way.

  9. qitawa Says:

    Oh sorry I thought we wanted the judiciary to callapse as well so that the IG can all fall apart. It seems to be the only thing left standing after the GCC and other institutions. Sorry for misinterpreting.

  10. Peace Pipe Says:

    I wonder which barn they picked up this old cow Scutt from. She can’t even think straight to get herself in the illegal ig bandwagon. Anyway she looks to old to be of any use in Australia so Fiji was a good creaming ground for her regardless of it’s illegitimacy.

    To make matters worse we have the likes of Marles supporting her unprincipled action. If only we had a concerted mind and stand on the issue of opposing coup and anything that goes with it then the coup culture would not have had such a prolonged life or sickening repititions.

    Now that this message to her is out she should take the hint and f/o. Any little message the ig gets about its illigitimacy and lack of support would contribute towards its demise.

  11. Ablaze Says:

    Don’t worry qitawa some of us know what you mean. The judiciary was compromised when some of the judges eg retired CJ Tuivage (Rabuka Coup) used the “feeble excuse” they did what needed to be done to help the nation. All the same, Fatiaki in the Speight Coup, Qarase Speight Coup acted as Interim PM just like Ratu Mara in the Rabuka Coup.

    If they all had upheld the rule of law and stop using the “feeble excuse” the law would have not being compromised.

    So perhaps your idea qitawa is not bad after all. We need to start all over again bearing in mind that no one is above the law.

    Oh yes! imagine if Ratu Mara & Ratu Penaia was put in jail along with Rabuka for supporting the coup – Fiji would have rid of the coup culture there and then. We would not have lunatic copy cats!

  12. newsfiji Says:

    Ablaze you’re right thea: “…Ratu Mara & Ratu Penaia…in jail for supporting Rabuka’s coup…”….”Fiji would have been rid of the coup culture….”…

    That’s why Voreqe, the military council, the Fiji Labour Party Leader and his ministers who took up illegal oaths, the President Iloilo, Rupeni Nacewa, and all who took up appointments should be charged and bloody well jailed if found guilty. That will rid us of the coup culture.

    If we don’t do it now, we should expect another coup after the next elections coz we all know SDL will do a clean sweep – something that this illegal regime is trying to ensure doesn’t happen…

  13. Billy Says:

    Sa dina sara. No more amnesty for any coupmaker, sa rauta mada na lamusona tiko, why should we allow amnesty for any lawbreaker just becos they have the guns? Time to bite the bullet and put the whole gang in jail- President iloilo, doc jona, military council, interim ministers, NCBBF, the whole bang lot of them. The law of the jungle was surrendered by Ratu Cakobau when he gave up his old war club, to adopt the laws “of civilised societies.” The fact that the GCC did not keep this up in 1987, and 2000 is the cause of their demise since 2006. You can not compromise on the law, it only takes someone who is not tainted by lawbreaking to take us back to normalcy. But since 87we have hero-worshipped the very lawbreakers, Rabuka, and accepted him as our leader, PM, Ratu Mara as President, George almost made it in 2000, and got elected in, and now this stupid one who has forced his leadership on us. What goes around comes around, one day mafatu as they say. The only thing that sustains is GOD and our belief and faith in him. Dont forget today is the launch of that illegitemate, illegal, fraud of a document called the Interim regime’s military charter as exit strategy. Naboro ga sa wawa!

  14. Ablaze Says:

    Vinaka Vaka Levu Billy – at last! We must preach this message and name the likes of Ratu Mara etc for if they did the right thing from the start we would not have to put up with all this crap.

    Let the law do its job to protect us from people that are only hungry for power.

  15. Wailei Says:

    Peddle “Scuttle-butt”, peddle your wares back to Melbourne.

    http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/stop-the-bullies/
    http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/tas/content/2003/s1226200.htm

    One has to read the links below to know that J.Scuttle butt is a “Charlatan”. I mean If she complained about bulling in Tasmania or that she is a Feminist, Human Rights Activist. Than working in Fiji and being appointed to be a judge by an illegal Government who have screwed up so much Human Rights issues is beyond understanding.

    She is such a sanctimonious Charlatan. Only needs to be a human Rights Activist, Feminist when it suits her back in Australia. WHAT A CHARLATAN!

  16. Billy Says:

    Yes indeed. Its a lesson also for those who serve in interims. Ratu Mara accepted it in 1987, look where it got him in 2000? He died a bitter man, but most certainly paid for his one error of judgement, thinking that it was OK to accept the PM knowing fully well he had lost the elections fair and square. But he still hungered for that power back and it was given to him through the law of the jungle. Where were his principles then? The crap about burning house and all! He reaped the consequences in 2000 when daughter Adi K got taken in as ransom/bargaining tool. It came around. Then Lai Q unwisely accepted the Interim PM in 2000, look where it got him in 2006? Then this one, no doubts about it, he’s gonna go the same way he came in. Tell you what, if Ratu Seniloli, George and Rakuita all went to jail after 2000, why shouldnt Iloilo, Vore and Kairse not suffer the same fate? Only time will tell…Meanwhile continue blogging to vent our frustrations while we wait for the gutless Police to issue us a permit to demonstrate peacefully against the Charter, IG, illegals, etc.

  17. Ablaze Says:

    Go Billy! Go Billy! that’s it bring on! I like your style.

    Perhaps if start saying more about Fiji’s most revered politican, Ratu KKT Mara we may get through to youth of today that the law is there to hold society together and it must not be broken. You break it you go to jail starting with Ratu Mara and Rabuka!

    Lets keep harping on about it like barking dogs! May not get through the older generation but it will surely get through the younger generation for a better Fiji – Not the stupid illegal farter charter.

  18. Billy Says:

    Any time Ablaze, any time! It’s the future of this country and the future of our children that we must fight for! And we know that the older generation has screwed up big time! The law, the law, the law, is the only thing that must be respected. And it is a fruit of one’s faith in God anyway. YOu respect the law, not because you are afraid of the consequences if you break it, but because you know it is the right thing to do, it will protect and guide you in the long run, and that there is someone above you are accountable to and one day you will have to face him. And while he is up there, you must give the same respect to the basis of authority down here on earth. You can’t say you respect someone you can not see, and yet break the law of people you see. Hyprocritical and contradictory. Practice what we breach and live what you believe in. No hypocrites like Chods and Voreqs, please!!

  19. Wailei! Says:

    Hey, I had sent a previous comment in SV; is there a problem?

  20. Peace Pipe Says:

    I realy cannot comprehend the stand taken by the expat appointees in the judiciary in accepting positions in the post coup Fiji govt. Because whilst other upstanding members of the judiciary like Justice French and others have not renewed their contracts due to the illegality of the govt other have scrounged in to make a grab for it. I guess they are no different to our local opportunists who jumped onto the gravy train to make hay whilst they had the opportunity. Well it seems the trin is coming quickly to a halt and soon all on board will have to leave with some sort of stigma and possible punitive action taken on them.

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