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One Nation dumps anti-gay ‘ratbag’ candidate

Shan Ju Lin Pauline Hanson
Ms Lin was running in Bundamba in the 2018 Queensland election. Photo: Supplied.
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Federal One Nation leader Pauline Hanson reportedly personally intervened to dump “ratbag” Queensland candidate Shan Ju Lin after she made several anti-gay comments on social media.

But, rather than copping an earful over the phone, Ms Lin was reportedly dumped by the vehicle of her demise, with party officials breaking the news on Saturday via Facebook Messenger.

Ms Lin had only been preselected in December to run in the seat of Bundamba, west of Brisbane, in the slated 2018 state election.

Ms Lin’s disendorsement comes just weeks after another candidate, Andy Semple, was forced to quit after similar inappropriate comments.

In a Facebook post from last week, which has since been deleted, Ms Lin referenced the case of George Harasz and Douglas Wirth who were accused of sexually abusing their foster children in 2011.

They were cleared of any wrongdoing but were condemned by Ms Lin: “Gays should be treated as patients” and “abnormal sex behaviour leads to abnormal crime”.

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Ms Lin has made controversial comments about gay people on social media.

In her sacking, a spokesman for the party said the views were not shared by the party, other candidates or the public.

“The office has had no ability to contact you, so I’m unfortunately left with the task of letting you know party officials are not happy with your comments,” the official wrote to Ms Lin, who is believed to be in Taiwan..

“The party executive and review committee will be following this matter up and determining your endorsement for the Queensland state election.”

A One nation spokesperson told the ABC on Sunday, “the party is doing extraordinarily well and the party does not want ratbags”.

Ms Lin had been suspended on Friday night over the comments and despite the warning, Ms Lin continued to post other denigrating remarks.

“Shan Ju, you have not heeded the warnings of the executive,” the party wrote in a Facebook message to Ms Lin,

“Your comments have nothing to do with strategy, they are just completely out of step with One Nation beliefs.”

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A post from December in which Ms Lin mocked Barack Obama’s LGBTI policies.

According a Fairfax media report, Ms Lin had told party executives: “Once the gays realise they can put pressure on a candidate, they will start to target other One Nation candidates also.”

Ms Lin stood firm in a Facebook post following her disendorsement.

“Thanks for all supporters, no matter what happened, I will continue to hold the values that we are holding,” Ms Lin posted on Facebook late on Saturday evening.

While Ms Lin had offered to lay off the posts, she said she “certainly did not want to compromise her personal integrity and values”.

Ms Lin, a schoolteacher who arrived in Australia in 1990, last month made headlines after empathising Ms Hanson’s 1996 claim that Australia would be swamped by Asians. She has previously run as a member of Katter’s Australian Party.

Ms Lin is now the second Ms Hanson’s 36 election candidates to leave One Nation in the past month.

Just two days after the candidates were announced on December 18, Mr Semple withdrew from the party after reportedly being told to delete a Tweet from his personal account.

“It seems #PHON (Pauline Hanson’s One Nation) only likes certain types of Freedom of Expression,” Semple tweeted.

His Twitter feed included comments about banning burqas, describing vegans as “miserable people” and describing women with unshaved armpits as “not cool at all”.

– with ABC