Pauline Hanson (l) and Shan Ju Lin (r) | Uncredited | 17003
Australia’s One Nation political party founder has sacked Queensland candidate Shan Ju Lin for her anti-gay comments, saying she will not let people trash her or her party.
Ms Lin was dumped on Saturday night after Facebook posts appeared saying that “gays should be treated as patients” and “abnormal sex behaviour leads to abnormal crime”.
Ms Lin also mocked outgoing US President Barack Obama’s LGBTI policies using a digitally manipulated picture of him in drag.
Party leader Pauline Hanson suspended Ms Lin, a school teacher, on Friday night and warned her to stop the posts, but said the “disparaging comments” appeared again on Saturday night. “These are not the views shared by One Nation, nor the views of fellow candidates and the general public,” Senator Hanson said in a statement. 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 Lin was unapologetic and retorted, “Once gays realise they can put pressure on a candidate, they will start to target other One Nation candidates also.”
As if we would.