Article by Kristian
Wed Dec 21
A woman believed to be One Nation's first Asian candidate is not
offended by Pauline Hanson's infamous remark 20 years ago that the country was
at risk of "being swamped by Asians".
Shan Ju Lin said she believed she and the party would get the votes of "good
Asians" in the Queensland election, slated for 2018, as they too feared the
rising influence of the Chinese Government in Australia.
She understood why Ms Hanson made those comments, which included claims that
Asians "form ghettos and do not assimilate".
"For European people it's very difficult to distinguish Chinese or Korean or
Japanese, and I can understand why she said it," Ms Lin said.
"She sees the problem ahead of everybody, including you and me.
"Everything she said is happening now."
Ms Lin, a school teacher who moved from Taiwan to Australia 26 years ago,
said the Chinese Government, namely the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), was
exerting too much influence on Australia.
It was already influencing the Labor and Liberal parties, she said, adding
there would be serious consequences if huge numbers of its supporters moved to
"I feel the Chinese Communist Party is a great threat to Australia because
they bought a lot of businesses and our harbours and properties," she said.
"They will take over power of Australia.
"They will form their own government.
"Would you like 20 million people to move to Australia? Would you like to
see that happen?"
Political tensions between China and neighbouring Taiwan stretch back more
than 60 years, and Ms Lin said she had disliked the CCP since birth.
The CCP is also cracking down on Falun Gong, a Chinese meditation and
spiritual movement that Ms Lin has participated in.
Ms Lin said she believed CCP supporters were behind an incident in the
Brisbane suburb of Sunnybank in 2010, when projectiles were reportedly fired at
anti-CCP newspaper the Epoch Times while she was inside with staff.
In 2018, Ms Lin will run in the Queensland state election seat of Bundamba —
not far from Pauline Hanson's old Ipswich stomping ground, west of Brisbane.
She has ties to the area because of multicultural festivals she organised
through the World Harmony Society.
Ms Lin is set to come up against former Labor police minister Jo-Ann Miller,
a candidate who enjoyed a huge swing at the last election but has been dogged by
political scandals since 2015.
While the Bundamba electorate is overwhelmingly Anglo-Saxon, Ms Lin said she
believed Brisbane's Asian community would support her bid to win a seat for One
"There are two groups of Asians … the good Asians will be like me," she
"The other group will be supporting CCP, and those people who support CCP are
For the One Nation challenger, this election tilt could be a case of fourth
Ms Lin said the Liberal National Party and Labor had previously approached
her to run in other elections, but withdrew their support because of her
involvement with the Epoch Times and views about the CCP.
She ran in the Queensland seat of Moreton for Katter's Australian Party (KAP)
in the 2016 federal election, but secured less than 2 per cent of the vote.
However, Ms Lin claimed the campaign was doomed from the start because she
received little backing from KAP headquarters and did not even meet party leader
Having spoken to Ms Hanson in person, Ms Lin said things were different this
"I believe she supports me," Ms Lin said.
She said she believed she was One Nation's first Asian candidate.
While Queensland campaign manager Jim Savage could not recall any others, he
said the party had not kept records of the ethnic backgrounds of its past
"Everyone seems to brand us as a racist party, but we don't pick our
candidates based on race or gender," Mr Savage said.
"But when we have an Asian candidate everyone wants to know about it."
Mr Savage said One Nation supported Ms Lin's strong anti-CCP stance.
"Is China an evil communist dictatorship? Absolutely, communism is the
diametric opposite to what One Nation stands for," he said.