Studio 10 co-host Kerri-Anne Kennerley has slammed a Labor victory this Saturday as an “end to life as we know it” and railed against 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,” slamming a number of the party’s economic policies, including changes to franking credits and negative gearing.
KAK then went on to target policies relating to gender diversity, blasting a Labor proposal to establish a National Gender Centre to benefit and advocate for transgender people.
“One thing 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,’ and 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, and the information is still recorded by the registrar and medical records in the hospital, just not displayed.
But birth certificates and driver licences are the responsibility of state governments, and 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 the party’s 2018 national platform, the party said it would “resource a National Gender Centre to provide support and advocacy for transgender Australians, which 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 the party says would “work across government and the private sector to reduce discrimination.”
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.