Kerri-Anne Kennerley blasts Labor in transphobic rant

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Studio 10 co-host Kerri-Anne Kennerley has said a Labor election victory would mean an “end to life as we know it” and blasted the party’s transgender-inclusive policies.

In an on-air rant on the Network 10 program just days ahead of the election, KAK proclaimed a Shorten government would mean “life as we know it will be over.” She took aim at a number of the party’s economic policies, including changes to franking credits and negative gearing.

Then, KAK went on to target policies relating to gender diversity. She blasted a Labor proposal to establish a National Gender Centre to benefit and advocate for transgender people.

“I’m seriously outraged about the millions and millions they’ll spend on a Gender Commission,” 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.

“Like Tasmania, we will have a child and it won’t be male or female, it will be gender-free. That’ll be national.

“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.’ You as a parent will have no choice.”

Kennerley is in part referring to the Tasmanian parliament’s passage of legislation last month making gender markers an optional field on birth certificates.

Parents are given the option for their newborns. However the information is still recorded by the registrar and medical records in the hospital, just not displayed.

However birth certificates and driver licences are the responsibility of state governments. Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten has not indicated such reforms would “be national”.

Very little detail about the proposal for a National Gender Centre has been released by Labor, including its cost.

In their 2018 national platform, the party pledged to “resource a National Gender Centre to provide support and advocacy for transgender Australians.”

The Centre “could have an education and training role to promote awareness about transgender issues to the wider public.”

Labor would also appoint a Sexual Orientation Commissioner which would “work across government and the private sector to reduce discrimination.”

Kerri-Anne Kennerley refused to apologise

In a later segment, Kennerley said she had been contacted by the Labor party’s media unit to correct false claims she had made on air, but the host did not apologise.

“The email says, ‘earlier this morning, Kerri-Anne — spelt incorrectly … fake news on your program, Labor spending ‘millions and millions’ to set up a Gender Commission,” she said.

“Apparently they’re not spending millions and millions, because they haven’t costed it yet.”

The federal election will be held on Saturday, May 18.

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