AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Shan Ju Lin Disendorsed For Saying, ‘Gays Should Be Treated As Patients’
Dumped One Nation candidate Shan Ju Lin says being dropped from the party has come as a “complete surprise” and nominated Pauline Hanson’s chief-of-staff as the reason for her disendorsement.
Ms Lin is the second candidate to fall out with One Nation less than a month after it unveiled part of the team it would take to the 2018 Queensland election.
The Taiwanese-born Ms Lin was dropped as the Bundamba candidate on Saturday night a day after she posted on Facebook that “gays should be treated as patients”.
A statement from Senator Hanson’s office said Ms Lin was disendorsed after she continued to post “disparaging comments” on her personal account despite a warning from a party official on Friday.
“I will not stand by and allow people to trash the party or my name, so I make no apologies for being tough on candidates,” Ms Hanson said in the statement on Sunday.
Ms Lin said the decision to disendorse her candidacy had come as a “complete surprise” as One Nation had no policy on homosexuality, other than to support a referendum on gay marriage.
“The speed of the disendorsement decision — without any chance to defend myself — has also been remarkable,” Ms Lin said.
Ms Lin said she had not been able to speak directly to Ms Hanson, who could only be contacted through her chief-of-staff James Ashby.
“I would suggest that the alleged issue was far more important to Mr Ashby than the membership or executive of One Nation,” she said.
Mr Ashby made headlines in 2012 when he lodged a sexual harassment suit against then-Speaker Peter Slipper that he ultimately dropped.
Ms Lin said her “wholehearted support” for Ms Hanson remained. “I look forward to the internal issues within One Nation being finally resolved for good,” she said.
Ms Lin thanked her supporters on social media and stated, “no matter what happened, I will continue to hold the values that we are holding”. The Taiwanese-born Ms Lin threw her support behind Senator Hanson last month, claiming “good Asians” would vote for One Nation at the state election.
She is now the second candidate to leave since Ms Hanson unveiled the first batch of 36 people she would take to the polls.
Currumbin candidate Andy Semple withdrew from the party just two days after the December 18 announcement after he was reportedly asked to delete a tweet from his personal account.
“It seems #PHON (Pauline Hanson’s One Nation) only likes certain types of Freedom of Expression,” Mr Semple tweeted.
Mr Semple’s Twitter feed included comments about burqas being banned, describing vegans as “miserable people” and that women with unshaved armpits are “not cool at all”.