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The Project hosts mock John Howard’s former advisor for transgender threat from China and Russia


Waleed Aly ruthlessly mocks former Liberal spin doctor for claiming China and Russia will use transgender athletes to ‘take down Australia’

  • Grahame Morris mocked for bizarre comments on transgender on the Project
  • Former Liberal advisor was asked about Katherine Reves’ transphobic comments
  • Mr Morris said allowing transgender kids to play will weaken women’s sport 
  • He said China and Russia would exploit the legislation on the world stage
  • Host Waleed Aly mocked him for making it a ‘national security story’ 

Former Liberal spin doctor Grahame Morris has been mocked by hosts of The Project for suggesting China and Russia would use transgender atheletes to ‘take down Australia’.  

John Howard’s former advisor appeared opposite Bruce Hawker on Tuesday’s show, discussing a range of issues including comments from Warringah hopeful Katherine Reves, who described trans children as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised’.

Mr Morris was asked to comment on allowing trans children to play women’s sport, before he suggested China and Russia would use the legislation to their advantage.

‘Some of the things she said were beyond the pale and she has apologised but if you come back to what she’s really on about, it is saving women’s sport and that is really important,’ he said.

‘We have feeder clubs for Aussie Rules clubs in Sydney where you’ve got big, muscly, fast, strong women who used to be blokes up against 16-year-old girls – is that fair?

‘And just imagine what the Russians or the Chinese will do if that little chink opens up.’

Former Liberal spin doctor Grahame Morris has been mocked by Waleed Aly for turning an local candidate's transphobic comments into a 'national security story'

Former Liberal spin doctor Grahame Morris has been mocked by Waleed Aly for turning an local candidate’s transphobic comments into a ‘national security story’

Host Waleed Aly laughed at the suggestion a local politician’s beliefs were a broader comment on international relations.   

‘Are you really running this argument on the basis of a comment that a candidate on Warringah is making? That if she doesn’t run this, the Chinese and the Russians are coming for us and they’re going to take our medals?’ The Project anchor joked.

‘Look at what they’re doing now when there are different rules. We have seen what they will do,’ Mr Morris replied. 

‘Do we really want to open up that little niche where we’ve got people against our swimming team, our women’s swimming team, people against our Matildas at a time when we’re all getting keen on women’s sport?’

The co-hosts again laughed at the comment, with Aly mocking the former Liberal adviser’s comments. 

‘Congratulations, Grahame, you have successfully made this a national security story and I didn’t think that was possible, but you’ve carried it off very, very impressively,’ he replied.

'Do we really want to open up that little niche where we've got people against our swimming team, our women's swimming team, people against our Matildas at a time when we're all getting keen on women's sport?' Mr Morris asked on Tuesday

‘Do we really want to open up that little niche where we’ve got people against our swimming team, our women’s swimming team, people against our Matildas at a time when we’re all getting keen on women’s sport?’ Mr Morris asked on Tuesday

Ms Deves’ comments have been the topic of heated conversation as Labor and Liberal MPs alike call for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to disendorse the Warringah hopeful.

She has been forced to apologise over a series of comments that include calling Wear It Purple Day a ‘grooming tactic’ and that trans gender rights promoted ‘extreme body modification’.

On Tuesday, Mr Morrison said he won’t allow her to be ‘silenced’, drawing further criticism from even large sections of his own party.

‘I’m not going to allow her to be silenced, I’m not going to allow her to be pushed aside as the pile-on comes in to try and silence her,’ the PM said.

‘I’ll stand up with her. My team is standing up with her, and we will make sure that she won’t be silenced. I know there are plenty of people who would like to do that.’  

Mr Hawker, Kevin Rudd’s political advisor, said Mr Morrison was harming both sides with his ongoing support. 

Warringah hopeful Katherine Reves described trans children as 'surgically mutilated and sterilised'

Warringah hopeful Katherine Revesdescribed trans children as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised’

‘The Liberal candidate in Warringah was a captain’s pick by Scott Morrison and the NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet. They put her in there and immediately she’s exposed for making terrible comments about transgender children and mutilation,’ he told The Project.

‘She hasn’t just united the Labor Party around that issue, she has united half the Liberal Party. 

‘No wonder we have this problem, or the Liberals have this problem with these so-called teal candidates.’

Ms Deves was supposed to appear opposite current Warringah MP Zali Steggall at a community event on Tuesday night but withdrew.    

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