Kerri-Anne Kennerley has slammed Bill Shorten in an explosive rant on air, claiming he could “end life as we know it” if he wins the federal election this weekend.
The Studio 10 star attacked the Labor leader’s stance on everything from franking credits to support for transgender people, insisting his policies could end up damaging Aussies.
She began the passionate speech by discussing Labor’s taxation plan, which she claimed was unfairly targeting “the top end of town” to provide tax cuts for low-income earners.
“If Bill Shorten gets in, it is the end of life as we know it,” she said. “Honestly, without question.”
Clearly surprised by her strong stance, co-host Sarah Harris joked: “Tell us what you really think.”
Taking her advice on, Kennerley then hit out at Shorten’s plan to scrap refunds for franking credits. While she said she had to Google what they were first, she was outraged at the plan to pull many retirees’ well-thought-out retirement plans.
“Taking money retrospectively, as they will do, that franking credits… this is the way self-funded retirees, not to leach off the government pension. They look after themselves. They’ve got that plan. He’s going to rip it off them,” she said.
The TV star went on to hit out at Shorten’s pledge to introduce a National Gender Centre, which according to Labor’s website would “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”.
“One thing I’m seriously outraged about, the millions and millions they’ll spend on a Gender Commission,” Kennerley fumed.
“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.”
While Tasmania’s Labor Government previously passed legislation making gender optional on birth certificates, there’s no sign yet that Shorten plans to adopt the same reform nationally.
Finally. Kennerley took aim at Shorten’s huge promise to overhaul Australia’s cancer care by providing free scans and cut out-of-pocket costs.
“Throwing money at cancer is just feeding the chooks,” she said. “Don’t believe it. If anybody could possibly go that route… Dig a little deeper. Just dig a little deeper,” she claimed.
Kennerley insisted: “Anybody who believes they’ll be better off if Shorten and the Greens get in is under some whoopy-do cloud. It will never, ever happen. You will tank.”