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Candidate's comments spark funding cut

AAP logoAAP 9/01/2017 Tracey Ferrier

A Queensland council has axed funding for a community harmony event linked to a dumped One Nation candidate over "stupid" comments she made about gay people.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale says his council will scrap its usual funding for a local World Harmony Day event planned for March because it's been linked to teacher Shan Ju Lin.

Pauline Hanson's One Nation party dumped Ms Lin as its candidate for the state seat of Bundamba at the weekend over her comments about gay people.

Ms Lin has refused to apologise after saying "gays should be treated as patients" and that "abnormal sex behaviour leads to abnormal crime".

The mayor says his council cannot fund the Harmony Day event linked to Ms Lin, given what she's said.

"She's made stupid statements. We're not going to tolerate that sort of behaviour," he's told the ABC.

"I'm not going to have the destruction of harmony in our community. What she's done is take a perfectly good event and used it for political purposes, and now the whole event has lost its credibility."

Ms Lin, a teacher, has been named as the president of a group named the World Harmony Society, which is organising Ipswich's World Harmony Day community event planned for March 11.

She has said she hopes the event can still go ahead.

Ms Lin, who is on holidays overseas, says her views on gay people are not inconsistent with the concept of community harmony.

"Essential to achieving harmony is that you have the freedom to speak freely. Any issues that arise can then be resolved peacefully and this in turn illustrates why freedom of speech is vital to a healthy culture," she told AAP in a statement.

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