Abetz Staffer accused of publicly humiliating gay teenager


Josh Manuatu
Photo: Mr Manuatu - Senator Abetz's staffer

A gay teenager accuses a staffer for Senator Eric Abetz of using his personal Facebook page to publicly humiliate him. Josh Manuatu also used an image of the minor beside a message originally sent to him in a private forum.

Joshua, 17, took issue with Manuatu after he went for the jugular of the “PC lefty lynch­mob” in a column published in Fairfax newspapers.

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He suggested Mr Manuatu was a bigot. He also questioned whether Manuatu even knew how the Safe Schools program operated.

Manuatu thanked Joshu for his comments before addressing them.

“Just because we disagree on a policy issue doesn’t make me a bigot. It’s that namecalling that I was trying to call out in my article.”

Joshua replied, saying Manuatu was “the scum of the gay community that stops us from being progressive”.

Joshua is a staunch advocate of the Safe Schools program after himself experiencing bullying at school.

Now, Joshua is horrified that his comments, sent privately, have entered the public domain. He also said Manuatu posted his comments out of context. The only attribution to any comments in the post was the unauthorised use of his image.

In his column, Manuatu agreed that bullying was a scourge. He said it must be dealt with. However, he also described the program as “a disgraceful form of social engineering dressed up as an anti­bullying programme”.

Josh Manuatu: gay and conservative

“I know of countless people in a similar position to me who are gay and conservative who think that the safe schools programme is bad and that marriage should remain the same but who are too afraid to speak out for fear of being attacked by the PC lefty lynch­mob,” he wrote.

“Until they can demonstrate the tolerance that they demand of others they have absolutely no leg to stand on especially on the topic of anti­bullying.”

Manuatu agreed, therefore, that everyone should be entitled to their opinion in “a genuinely open and free discussion without shouting down anyone with a contrary view”.

Manuatu seemed to take pride in his post.

“Following my article in Fairfax today, I’ve received lots and lots of messages, many supportive but also many from the ever tolerant left. Thought I’d share a few because they manage to highlight exact lefty lynch­mob I was trying to call out! Remember: these people support this alleged anti­bullying programme.”

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