Popular presenter goes on anti-trans rant on national TV

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley | Photo: Studio 10

One of Australia’s most successful and popular entertainers has gone on an anti-trans rant on national TV.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley has worked in Australian television for more than 50 years.

The 65-year-old is a regular panellist on morning talk show, Studio 10.

On Wednesday’s (15 May) she went on a rant about the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten. The Labor Party leader is tipped to win this Saturday’s federal election.

Kennerley first warned viewers that if Shorten became prime minister, it would be an ‘end to life as we know it’.

But then she focused her attention on Labor’s plans to open a National Gender Center should it win. Labor has also promised to appoint a Commissioner for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status Issues.

‘I do think there’s an issue but making a centre, taking it out of the control of parents and putting it with a whole bunch of people who aren’t parents, is a recipe for danger,’ Kennerley said.

‘I’m a parent and I want an expert to take my child to. I don’t want some school educating my seven-year-old on transgender issues.

‘No you don’t. You’re the Labor Party — get out of my private life.’

The Labor Party said the National Gender Center would provide ‘education and training role to provide awareness of transgender issues in the wider public’.

It contacted Kennerley during the show to correct her assertions, including how much it would cost.

‘One thing I’m seriously outraged about, the millions and millions they’ll spend on a Gender Commission,’ she said.

The Labor Party has not yet done a cost assessment on the center.

‘Gender-free’ children

Kennerley went on to say that children would be gender-free if Labor opened the center. She cited recent Tasmanian law which removed gender markers on birth certificates. Now parents have to ‘opt-in’ to record their child’s gender.

‘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.

‘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.’

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