Dumped One Nation candidate unapologetic over anti-gay comments

One Nation leader to dump Bundamba candidate Shan Ju Lin. Source: Facebook

One Nation candidate Shan Ju Lin says she will not apologise for anti-gay comments made on social media, despite being dropped from the party less than a month after it was announced she would stand in the Queensland election.

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".

Ms Lin told the ABC she was only concerned about child welfare and didn't believe her comments were homophobic.

Ms Lin focused her concerns on the Safe Schools anti-bullying program, claiming it promoted "gay lifestyles, which [are] against the traditional values".

"I can't see anything wrong with my post … I asked another candidate to check and he couldn't find anything wrong with my post," she said.

"The gay community always say they are born like that … the best way to know if they're born like that, they at least need to have a medical consultation so they know if they're born like that or not.

"But now instead of that the government is putting Safe Schools in our education system. I just linked all of this together and it made me so worried and so angry."

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 on Sunday 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.

Shan Ju Lin
One Nation vowed to stick to her values following her dumping from the party over anti-gay comments. Picture: Facebook
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