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Pauline Hanson Dumps One Nation Party Candidate Over Anti-Gay Comments

On Friday, the candidate for Bundamba wrote on her Facebook that "gays should be treated as patients."

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One Nation party candidate Shan Ju Lin has been dumped by party leader Pauline Hanson for posting a series of anti-gay remarks on social media.

Ju Lin was contesting the seat of Bundamba in Ipswich, Queensland, and was originally suspended after writing a now-deleted Facebook post that said "gays should be treated as patients."

On Saturday, it was confirmed by One Nation that they had revoked their endorsement of Ju Lin after her refusal to "heed the warnings" of the party regarding her "denigrating remarks."

Ju Lin has a history of posting anti-gay articles and comments on her Facebook. In December, she mocked US President Barack Obama's pro-LGBT stance with a photoshopped image of the president wearing makeup.

Her now-deleted post that claimed gays should be treated as patients included a link to an article about British men George Harasz and Douglas Wirth, who were accused of sexually abusing their foster children in 2011. They were cleared of any wrongdoing in 2014.

"Thanks for all supporters, no matter what happened, I will continue to hold the values that we are holding," Ju Lin wrote on Facebook Saturday night.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Ju Lin said One Nation's decision to retract their endorsement came as a "complete surprise."

"This dis-endorsement decision has come as a complete surprise as One Nation has no policy to be adhered to on this issue except for that of a referendum on gay marriage whereby the community would have its say," she said.

"The speed of the dis-endorsement decision – without any chance to defend myself – has also been remarkable."

Ju Lin said she had not been able to speak with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, instead only communicating with Hanson's chief of staff, James Ashby.


Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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