‘Their mothers are being raped, their sisters are being raped. They get no education. What have you done?’
Stynes took immediate exception to the sweeping and inflammatory statement, which while apparently alluding to well-reported problems in some specific communities, appeared to reduce the diverse indigenous community to an horrific caricature.
‘That is not even faintly true, Kerri-Anne,’ said Stynes. ‘You’re sounding quite racist right now.’
When Kennerley said she was ‘seriously offended’ by the claim, Stynes refused to back down.
Host Sarah Harris attempted to defuse the situation, with little success. But Kennerley wasn’t taking the cue.
‘Just because I have a point of view, Yumi, doesn’t mean I'm racist’, she said.
Replied Stynes: ‘Yeah, you’re actually connecting rape, child abuse, you’re drawing a straight line … and you’re implying those 5000 protesters, none of whom you know personally, are all lazy and idle.
‘That’s the line! I see it quite clearly.’
Kennerley’s response? ‘Well … get new glasses’