Kerri-Anne Kennerley Visiting Alice Springs After 'Racism' Furore
Kerri-Anne Kennerley is in Alice Springs to meet with local communities and women's groups.
The Studio 10 host was invited by the women's groups to the remote communities to discuss the important issue of family violence, and how they are combating it.
"They want to talk about the inroads, the efforts that they have made to curb family violence," Kennerly said.
"I am here to listen and to learn."
Kennerley will spend three days in Alice Springs, listening to the stories of Aboriginal women and their mission.
Earlier this year, Kennerley engaged in a heated argument with TV presenter Yumi Stynes during a Studio 10 segment about Australia Day.
Kennerley blasted Invasion Day protesters and said they had not visited Aboriginal communities in the outback and should do something "positive".
"Has any single one of those 5000 people waving the flags saying how inappropriate the day is, has anyone of them been out to the outback where children, where babies and five-year-olds are being raped, their mothers are being raped, their sisters are being raped. They get no education," Kennerley said at the time.
Stynes was not impressed, telling Kennerley she was "sounding racist".
“That is not even faintly true, Kerri-Anne, and you’re sounding quite racist now," Stynes said.
Kennerley told Stynes she was "extremely offended" by this comment and said "Aboriginal elder women" are desperate for help but the protesters had done "nothing".
"Just because I have a point of view, Yumi, doesn’t mean that I’m racist."
Following this stoush, Studio 10 invited Indigenous women Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and former politician Lidia Thorpe to continue the debate.
At the time, Price invited Kennerley to Alice Springs, with Thorpe agreeing but only if Kennerley "gave up her white privilege".
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