Pauline Hanson denies she's being controlled by her chief of staff James Ashby, but a dumped One Nation candidate says he's a danger to the party and must go.
Pauline Hanson should sack her "controlling" chief of staff James Ashby because he's a danger to One Nation's future, a dumped candidate says.
Axed Queensland candidate Shan Ju Lin says Mr Ashby is "in sole control of the information that Pauline has to make decisions with on party matters".
She says Mr Ashby tightly controls access to the party leader, and what she's told.
"For the sake of the party he needs to go, and quickly.... We can only assess the full damage when he is gone and people are no longer afraid to speak," Ms Lin has told AAP.
"You can only communicate with Pauline through him.... He can effect control by either what he chooses to tell her, or by omission. The support base of the party could rot away and she could be blissfully unaware until it is too late."
Ms Lin had been due to contest the seat of Bundamba for One Nation at the next Queensland election.
But she was dumped over comments she made on social media about gay people, including that "gays should be treated as patients" and that "abnormal sex behaviour leads to abnormal crime".
Ms Lin said it was Mr Ashby who told her she'd been dumped, via a message on Facebook.
She said she'd been unable to discuss the matter directly with Senator Hanson, who she said was "totally reliant" on her chief of staff.
"It's like David Oldfield from 20 years ago. The party is once again in danger at the very moment it could otherwise rise to success."
Mr Ashby and Senator Hanson declined to comment when contacted by AAP on Tuesday.
Senator Hanson has previously said her chief of staff does not control her, and they work well together as a team.
The One Nation leader has also elaborated on how Ms Lin was dumped, after a Facebook follower asked whether Senator Hanson or Mr Ashby was responsible for the move.
"I tried calling Shan Ju Lin twice on the mobile number she provided via my chief of staff on Facebook Messenger," the senator posted.
"I don't use Facebook Messenger on my phone and subsequently couldn't send it from my account. I gave my COS the exact wording and he sent it on my behalf."
She said she had "no problems pulling the trigger on candidates that are not suitable to run as candidates in my party.
"In this situation, the person was overseas and unable to be contacted any other way. The media and Shan Ju Lin have blown this right out of proportion."