One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, centre, with Sunshine Coast media advisor James Ashby, right.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, centre, with Sunshine Coast media advisor James Ashby, right.

James Ashby 'in control' of One Nation, says ex-candidate

PAULINE Hanson's star adviser James Ashby is the real force behind One Nation, according to a former candidate dumped by the party for comments she made about gay people.

Ipswich candidate Shan Ju Lin was disendorsed by the party after One Nation chose her to contest the seat of Bundamba in south-east Queensland.

On the weekend she lost the party's confidence after posting comments to Facebook that claimed gay people were suffering an illness, which could lead to "abnormal crime".

She learned that she was in the wilderness via a Facebook messenger note from Mr Ashby.

Ms Lin is the second One Nation figure to fall afoul of the party in the past month.

She told the ABC that the Sunshine Coast's Mr Ashby had been given too much clout in the party, and he now had more control than Ms Hanson.

"I think Pauline gave him too much power," she said.

"He is the one running the party, not Pauline.
 

Shan Ju Lin has been suspended of the One Nation candidacy
Shan Ju Lin has been suspended of the One Nation candidacy

Ms Lin has since said that "at no time" has she been able to talk to Ms Hanson, but has dealt entirely with Mr Ashby.

She said she has "wholehearted support" for Ms Hanson.

It follows a statement from Ms Hanson herself, which declared that Ms Lin's views were not shared by One Nation or the public.

"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 is not the first to attack Mr Ashby's influence over Ms Hanson.

Former One Nation president Ian Nelson told the Weekend Australian on Saturday that the advisor was "the anti-Christ of politicians"

Ms Hanson has repeatedly and consistently stood by Mr Ashby, and dismissing their criticisms of the man she has referred to as her "adopted son".

Mr Ashby has earned respect in political circles as One Nation emerges as a significant force ahead of the Queensland election.

She said there were figures in One nation who "wanted to control" her, and were threatened by Mr Ashby.

James doesn't control me. We work very well together as a team," she said.

"They all thought they would be the one there guiding and telling me what to do.

"They have become now vindictive about James Ashby."


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