Kerri-Anne Kennerley is predicting doom for Australia in an extraordinary rant about the “end to life as we know it” if Labor wins Saturday’s federal election.
The Studio 10 co-host railed against Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, attacking policies ranging from the removal of franking credit refunds to taxes favouring lower incomes.
Her impassioned spray also claimed Labor planned to establish a ‘National Gender Centre’ and appoint a ‘Sexual Orientation Commissioner’, a pet rant topic of conservative commentators.
“If Bill Shorten gets in, it’s the end of life as we know it,” she said. “Honestly, without question.”
“One thing I’m seriously outraged about, the millions and millions they’ll spend on a Gender Commission,” Ms Kennerley said.
“These kids out there who are gender confused – and there’s a percentage of people out there gender confused – they will put up this Commission and we, like Tasmania, will have a child and it won’t be male or female, it will be gender-free.
“And if your child is confused, the rights of your child will go to them, you will have no rights as a parent. That child will go, ‘I want to be either a boy or girl, please give me whatever I need’ and you as a parent will have no choice.”
The Labor party has indicated it has not allocated funding, nor has any plans to launch, a ‘gender commission’ as claimed by Ms Kennerley.
A quick search of the ALP’s policies shows none relating to a National Gender Centre despite reports claiming as such in the conservative media.
The television host’s headline-grabbing outburst raised some derision including this Tweet from political journalist Amy Remeikis.
If I become one of those 60-something white blonde women ranting about shiz I have no understanding of on national TV, like I have some right to be heard on these issues because I used to be relevant 100 years ago, please just lock me away somewhere, away from cameras
— Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis) May 15, 2019
#KAK is the end of TV as we know it.
— Adam Connelly 📻🇦🇺 (@iamconnelly) May 15, 2019
The Labor party responded directly to Ms Kennerley and she provided an update in a later segment of Studio 10.
A Labor spokesperson said in a statement to The New Daily the ALP was committed in other ways to supporting the LGBTIQ community.
“Labor has a proud record of promoting and defending the rights of LGBTIQ people,” the spokesperson said.
“When Labor was last in Government we introduced an unprecedented number of reforms and rights protections for LGBTIQ Australians, ending legal discrimination in 85 pieces of Commonwealth legislation.
“We do know there is more to do.
“Included in our broad range of initiatives include action to protect LGBTIQ students and staff from discrimination in schools, working with the states and territories on a nationwide ban on so-called “LGBTIQ Conversion Therapy”, making HIV history through a package of measures to end new infections, and providing small grants to LGBTIQ community organisations.”