A candidate for the One Nation Party in Australia was rejected by the party leader after posting a set of homophobic comments in social networks. Shan Ju Lin was running for a seat in Ipswich, Queensland, but was suspended from the party after she wrote on Facebook that “gays should be treated as patients”. She made the comments alongside a link she shared to an article about George Harass and Douglas Wirth – two men who were accused of sexually abusing their foster children but were cleared of any wrongdoing in 2014.
The politician said that the dis-endorsement was totally unexpected, but she will still stand for her beliefs and propagate the same values. “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.” She added that the co-founder of One Nation, Pauline Hanson, still had her “wholehearted support”.