Sky News host Sharri Markson has assessed "chilling" details from a document produced by Chinese military scientists, in which they discussed weaponising SARS coronaviruses five years before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Ms Markson said the book was written by People's Liberation Army scientists and senior Chinese public health officials in 2015.
The documents describe SARS coronaviruses as heralding a “new era of genetic weapons” and said they can be "artificially manipulated into an emerging human - disease virus, then weaponised and unleashed in a way never seen before".
The Chinese-language paper is called 'The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons'.
“The document also talks about the psychological terror that bioweapons can cause, it's chilling,” Ms Markson said.
“To be clear ... while intelligence agencies suspect, and they've been investigating this since early last year, that COVID-19 may be the result of an accidental leak from a Wuhan lab, there is no suggestion it was an intentional release.
“The significance of this paper is that it offers a rare insight into how senior scientists at one of the PLA's most prominent military universities, where high levels of defence research were conducted, were thinking about biological research.”
Parents of male students at a school in Victoria’s southwest are outraged after their sons were forced to stand up at an assembly and apologise to their female classmates.
Male students at Brauer College in Warrnambool were purportedly told to apologise to the girls for offensive behaviour on behalf of their gender on Wednesday.
Danielle Shephard told 7NEWS that her 12-year-old son, who is in Year 7 at the school, was left feeling confused following the exercise.
“He said that he was made to stand up and basically apologise... it wasn’t explained properly to the male students what they were doing or why they were doing it,” she said, as seen in the video above.
The state government on Sunday made consent education mandatory for students in state schools over concerns the issue wasn’t always being addressed head-on.
It came after more than a dozen students and parents of Melbourne’s Wesley College raised allegations of harassment and assault on campus.
But Brauer parents say they weren’t forewarned.
“They really should’ve made more of an effort to notify the parents,” she added.
Brauer College responds Brauer College Principal Jane Boyle told 7NEWS that while the assembly was “well-intended” she recognised this part of the assembly was “inappropriate”.
“Schools play an important role in the promotion of safety and respect of all students, and discussions in schools around respect towards girls and women are a key part of this vital work,” she said in a statement.
“This week, at a whole school assembly, Brauer College discussed the topic of respect for woman and the importance of bystander behaviour and speaking up to report incidents of inappropriate behaviour.
“The assembly included the screening of a video message by Brisbane Boys’ College Captain Mason Black about being proactive in stopping incidents of sexual assault and harassment.
“As part of this discussion boys were asked to stand as a symbolic gesture of apology for the behaviours of their gender that have hurt or offended girls and women.
“In retrospect, while well-intended, we recognise that this part of the assembly was inappropriate.”
Boyle said the school intended to contact parents to “explain the reasons behind the assembly” on Thursday “to ensure that any student who requires support is aware that it is available.”
Consent classes Acting Premier James Merlino made the announcement on Sunday that teaching consent would be compulsory in all government schools from next month under an expansion of the Respectful Relationship program.
The initiative previously did not explicitly direct schools to teach consent and instead focused on relationships, sexuality and safety.
From term two, the new directive will compel state schools to teach the government’s Respectful Relationships training on free agreements.
“(Respectful Relationships) is proven to make a real difference and is a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence,” the education minister said in a statement on Sunday.
“It is a program that should be rolled out nationwide. But we have to listen to students, who say they want and need a greater focus on this issue in the classroom.
“It is why we will mandate the teaching of consent in all government schools in an age-appropriate way.”