Pointed attacks have always been the norm at long-running ACON fundraiser The Great Debate, but things could get particularly personal this year.

As they summon invective to debate the topic Rainbow Babies -“ Enough Already? all of the participants will be speaking from real-life experience.

Two mothers -“ lesbian NSW MP Penny Sharpe and comedy legend Jean Kittson -“ will make up the pro-parenting team, alongside former ACON president Bruce Meagher, whose partner is the donor-father of a child with a lesbian couple.

Arguing against all things infant will be ABC science broadcaster Bernie Hobbs, drag identity Portia Turbo and singer Denise Hanlon -“ all definitely child-free.

Hobbs told Sydney Star Observer her team -“ dubbed the baby haters -“ was gestating with confidence ahead of the big night next Wednesday.

We’re going to win -¦ we’ve got all the talent and God on our side, she said.

There’ll be surprises on the night, there’ll be revelations, there’ll be dark secrets revealed. It’s basically my night for revenge on anyone who’s made life hell for me.

On the opposite side of the room, Penny Sharpe will tackle the lighter side of gay and lesbian parenting.

A whole new world of bodily fluids awaits for those that have children. I’ll be talking about some of that, she told the Star.

The Labor MP will also use the night to push the more serious issue of gay family law reform.

In a light-hearted way The Great Debate allows some serious issues to be considered and people have a good time along the way, she said.

Entertainer Bob Downe will moderate proceedings and is due to perform his version of 1970s kitsch classic You’re Having My Baby.

The Great Debate is on at @Newtown, 52 Enmore Rd, Newtown, on Wednesday 15 February at 7:30pm. Tickets cost $30 plus booking fee. Bookings on 9550 3666 or at the Moshtix website.

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