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Kayden Coleman eveals he’s pregnant with his second child

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A man is pregnant with his second child after battling backlash from strangers when he was expecting his first baby.

Kayden Coleman, 33, from New York, began transitioning from female to male in 2009 and was shocked to discover he was five months pregnant with his first child, Azaelia, now six, after he was forced to stop taking testosterone for his mastectomy in March 2013.

But the father-of-one, who has not had genital construction surgery and has kept his female reproductive organs, was again baffled in January after finding out he was seven-weeks pregnant with current boyfriend, Dominique, 29.

Now, the expectant parents say they can’t wait to meet baby number two, despite previously facing backlash online from trolls who described Kayden as a ‘monster’ and called for his child to be taken into care.

Kayden Coleman, 33, from New York, is pregnant with his second child after finding out he was seven-weeks pregnant with current boyfriend, Dominique, 29.

Kayden Coleman, 33, from New York, is pregnant with his second child after finding out he was seven-weeks pregnant with current boyfriend, Dominique, 29.

Kayden Coleman, 33, from New York, is pregnant with his second child after finding out he was seven-weeks pregnant with current boyfriend, Dominique, 29.

Kayden Coleman, 33, from New York, began transitioning from female to male in 2009 and was shocked to discover he was five months pregnant with his first child, Azaelia, now six, seen, after he was forced to stop taking testosterone for his mastectomy in March 2013

Kayden Coleman, 33, from New York, began transitioning from female to male in 2009 and was shocked to discover he was five months pregnant with his first child, Azaelia, now six, seen, after he was forced to stop taking testosterone for his mastectomy in March 2013

Kayden Coleman, 33, from New York, began transitioning from female to male in 2009 and was shocked to discover he was five months pregnant with his first child, Azaelia, now six, seen, after he was forced to stop taking testosterone for his mastectomy in March 2013

The LGBT care worker said: ‘I do enjoy parts of being pregnant like the fact it makes my beard thicker.

‘But I don’t get the same pregnancy privileges because it is not obvious that I’m carrying a child, people just assume it’s a beer belly, so people don’t give up their seat for me or hold doors open.

‘Even growing up as a girl I hated my chest, I never wanted to wear a bra and I knew that even if I didn’t transition I would have had a reduction.

‘But I never had bottom surgery because it’s expensive, there are often a lot of complications with it and it can numb things sexually.

The father-of-one, who has not had genital construction surgery and has kept his female reproductive organs, was again baffled in January after finding out he was seven-weeks pregnant with current boyfriend

The father-of-one, who has not had genital construction surgery and has kept his female reproductive organs, was again baffled in January after finding out he was seven-weeks pregnant with current boyfriend

The father-of-one, who has not had genital construction surgery and has kept his female reproductive organs, was again baffled in January after finding out he was seven-weeks pregnant with current boyfriend

How has Kayden been able to get pregnant twice? 

Kayden first fell pregnant in 2013 when he stopped taking his transition hormones to have his mastectomy.

The pregnancy was a surprise but he happily welcomed his daughter Azaelia in 2014 with his former boyfriend Elija.

After having the mastectomy (top surgery), he decided against having bottom surgery.

He therefore still has the same female reproductive organs and working uterus as a woman. 

Kayden, who is not on contraception, says his pregnancy with his current boyfriend was a ‘happy surprise’ and can’t wait to welcome their child in August. 

The  LGBT care worker identifies as trans and is keen to highlight that ‘there are a plethora of trans-identities’.

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‘I’ve never been scared of backlash because at the end of the day until these people are paying my bills or putting food on my table their opinions are just that.’

He continued: ‘When Azaelia was born there were a lot of people who said they felt sorry for her and that she would grow up and be confused.

‘They said that she should be taken away and called me a monster.

‘But it’s important for people to understand that we have full autonomy over our bodies and we should do with it as we please.

‘I can’t wait to meet my second baby and Azaelia is so excited about having a little brother or sister.’

At the age of 20, Kayden realised he wanted to be a man and three years later started medically transitioning by taking testosterone. 

Kayden Coleman, 33, from New York, began transitioning from female to male in 2009 (he is pictured as a young girl)

Kayden Coleman, 33, from New York, began transitioning from female to male in 2009 (he is pictured as a young girl)

Kayden Coleman, 33, from New York, began transitioning from female to male in 2009 (he is pictured as a young girl)

The expectant parents say they can't wait to meet baby number two, despite previously facing backlash online from trolls who described Kayden as a 'monster' and called for his child to be taken into care

The expectant parents say they can't wait to meet baby number two, despite previously facing backlash online from trolls who described Kayden as a 'monster' and called for his child to be taken into care

The expectant parents say they can’t wait to meet baby number two, despite previously facing backlash online from trolls who described Kayden as a ‘monster’ and called for his child to be taken into care

Six weeks before his top surgery in March 2013, Kayden had to stop taking his transition hormones and fell pregnant with Azaelia with his then-boyfriend Elija – giving birth to the healthy baby girl in January 2014.

But sharing his journey as a pregnant trans-man online, the dad faced a backlash with many trolls criticising him for ‘confusing’ his daughter.

Kayden said: ‘I knew I wanted to transition in 2007 but at that time there weren’t very many resources and a female to male transition wasn’t very common.

‘If you went on Google and searched for testosterone you would get some sketchy website based in India and it was hard to find binders for your chest.

‘I identified as a lesbian at the time and my girlfriend was not okay with me transitioning and tried to talk me out of it so it wasn’t until 2009 that I started the process.

‘I had to stop taking testosterone six weeks prior to the surgery and a month after I had it, I conceived my first child.

‘I thought I was just gaining weight but actually I was growing a baby. 

Kayden's baby scan at eight weeks. Kayden still has the same female reproductive organs and working uterus as a woman which has enabled him to fall pregnant

Kayden's baby scan at eight weeks. Kayden still has the same female reproductive organs and working uterus as a woman which has enabled him to fall pregnant

Kayden’s baby scan at eight weeks. Kayden still has the same female reproductive organs and working uterus as a woman which has enabled him to fall pregnant

Despite the online trolls, Kayden and Dominique are looking forward to meeting their baby and are currently planning their shower before it is expected to arrive in August

Despite the online trolls, Kayden and Dominique are looking forward to meeting their baby and are currently planning their shower before it is expected to arrive in August

Despite the online trolls, Kayden and Dominique are looking forward to meeting their baby and are currently planning their shower before it is expected to arrive in August

Despite the online trolls, Kayden and Dominique are looking forward to meeting their baby and are currently planning their shower before it is expected to arrive in August. 

Walking down the street, the couple claim they have never had problems or funny looks from onlookers, with Kayden suspecting they don’t even realise his big tummy is a baby bump.

But the dad has had to face being misgendered, told he doesn’t belong in medical settings for pregnant women and has even been offered an abortion as late as 28 weeks along by healthcare professionals.

He said: ‘We don’t really have any issues when we’re out with the Azaelia. People just see two men and a baby because it’s not outwardly apparent that I carried her in my womb.

At the age of 20, Kayden realised he wanted to be a man and three years later started medically transitioning by taking testosterone (seen at the start of his transition in 2009)

At the age of 20, Kayden realised he wanted to be a man and three years later started medically transitioning by taking testosterone (seen at the start of his transition in 2009)

At the age of 20, Kayden realised he wanted to be a man and three years later started medically transitioning by taking testosterone (seen at the start of his transition in 2009)

Pictured: Kayden before he fell pregnant. The dad has had to face being mis-gendered, told he doesn't belong in medical settings for pregnant women

Pictured: Kayden before he fell pregnant. The dad has had to face being mis-gendered, told he doesn't belong in medical settings for pregnant women

Pictured: Kayden before he fell pregnant. The dad has had to face being mis-gendered, told he doesn’t belong in medical settings for pregnant women

‘I think a lot of people just think that we had sex with a woman or adopted her and when she says she has to dads nobody questions her because we have taught her to be proud of who she is and where she came from.

‘But there’s been a lot of objection to my pregnancies in terms of the medical side of things.

‘I’ve been told I don’t belong in certain places because I’m not a woman and I’ve been offered an abortion more times than any woman would have been offered by medical staff.

‘When I had Azaelia I had to switch my health insurance back from male but female and had to deal with them calling me Mrs Coleman when I was in the waiting room.

‘I think it’s important that people understand that there are a plethora of trans-identities we are not all one and the same.

‘Just because I went from female to male doesn’t mean I have a desire to date women or be hyper masculine or even be cis-gender.

‘I don’t have to hate my body or object parts of it to be considered a real man.

He concluded: ‘I’m lucky enough to have a working uterus and reproductive system that allows me to carry a child and create life so why should I have to reject that part of me just because I’m trans?’.

Kayden is seen before his second pregnancy

Kayden is seen before his second pregnancy

Kayden is seen before his second pregnancy

Kayden says he has even been offered an abortion as late as 28 weeks along by healthcare professionals

Kayden says he has even been offered an abortion as late as 28 weeks along by healthcare professionals

Kayden says he has even been offered an abortion as late as 28 weeks along by healthcare professionals

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The three public servants who could take blame for Victoria’s quarantine bungle

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Three top public servants came under fire on the final day of the inquiry into Victoria’s catastrophic hotel quarantine program.

Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles, Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kym Peake and Department of Jobs secretary Simon Phemister should have kept ministers better informed about problems, the inquiry heard.

Counsel assisting Ben Ihle said Mr Eccles should have told Premier Daniel Andrews the federal government had offered ADF troops to man the scheme.

Department of Jobs secretary Simon Phemister (pictured) was mentioned on the final day of the hotel inquiry

Department of Jobs secretary Simon Phemister (pictured) was mentioned on the final day of the hotel inquiry

Department of Jobs secretary Simon Phemister (pictured) was mentioned on the final day of the hotel inquiry

Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles is pictured facing the inquiry in Melbourne

Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles is pictured facing the inquiry in Melbourne

Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles is pictured facing the inquiry in Melbourne

On April 8, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens emailed his Victorian counterpart Chris Eccles to again offer ADF assistance. Mr Eccles replied: 'Thanks Phil' - but no request for help was made

On April 8, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens emailed his Victorian counterpart Chris Eccles to again offer ADF assistance. Mr Eccles replied: 'Thanks Phil' - but no request for help was made

On April 8, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens emailed his Victorian counterpart Chris Eccles to again offer ADF assistance. Mr Eccles replied: ‘Thanks Phil’ – but no request for help was made

On April 8, Mr Eccles got an email from the Prime Minster’s office offering troops. He replied saying ‘thanks’ but Mr Ihle said there was no evidence he told the premier. 

Counsel assisting Rachel Ellyard said: ‘We do invite you to find that the offers of assistance made or available to be made to Victoria by the ADF should have been raised with the Premier, thinking particularly about the apparent availability of inclined personnel in early April.’

Ms Peake was mentioned for not briefing former health minister Jenny Mikakos about various health concerns.

One was an email from Public Health Commander Finn Romanes about a ‘risk to the health and safety of detainees’.

Ms Peake previously told the inquiry she did not tell Ms Mikakos because ‘I was satisfied that the issues that had been raised had been addressed.’ 

Health Secretary Kym Peake (pictured) was mentioned for not briefing former health minister Jenny Mikakos about various health concerns

Health Secretary Kym Peake (pictured) was mentioned for not briefing former health minister Jenny Mikakos about various health concerns

Health Secretary Kym Peake (pictured) was mentioned for not briefing former health minister Jenny Mikakos about various health concerns

The final day of the inquiry came after former health minister Jenny Mikakos (pictured) resigned

The final day of the inquiry came after former health minister Jenny Mikakos (pictured) resigned

The final day of the inquiry came after former health minister Jenny Mikakos (pictured) resigned

Pictured: A traveller returned from overseas is checked into an inner-city hotel in Melbourne on March 30. Lawyers at the inquiry said the program failed to meet its primary objective

Pictured: A traveller returned from overseas is checked into an inner-city hotel in Melbourne on March 30. Lawyers at the inquiry said the program failed to meet its primary objective

Pictured: A traveller returned from overseas is checked into an inner-city hotel in Melbourne on March 30. Lawyers at the inquiry said the program failed to meet its primary objective

The other issues were a suspected suicide and delay in transferring a sick detainee who was later admitted to intensive care.

Ms Peake referred the cases to healthcare quality body Safer Care Victoria but did not brief the minister on the outcomes of the reports because ‘they had been addressed,’ she said. 

Mr Ihle on Monday said this was ‘the deliberate and conscious decision to not inform the minister of an issue which is of significance falling within the minister’s portfolio’. 

Mr Phemister was mentioned after the inquiry heard that security companies were made responsible for making sure guards had infection control training. 

Ms Ellyard said Mr Phemister should have consulted Jobs Minister Martin Pakula about this before the contracts were signed.

‘It shouldn’t have happened without appropriate ministerial consultation and knowledge, it shouldn’t have happened without appropriate consideration at the highest levels of the department,’ she said.

Mr Phemister previously told the inquiry he did not brief Mr Pakula because he did not have a detailed level of knowledge of the contracts. 

Mr Pakula said ministers were not normally consulted on contracts. 

Questioned about the public servants, Mr Andrews on Tuesday said he is confident they are ‘acting appropriately’.

‘I am aware of what the inquiry heard. I’m aware what submissions were led by counsel assisting yesterday. I’m indicating to you that I’m confident that those three public servants – indeed all public servants are acting appropriately,’ he said. 

Overseas travellers arrive at the Crown Promenade Hotel in Melbourne on March 29

Overseas travellers arrive at the Crown Promenade Hotel in Melbourne on March 29

Overseas travellers arrive at the Crown Promenade Hotel in Melbourne on March 29

Report: Lockdowns to  cost nation $319billion 

A report by free market think tank The Institute of Public Affairs claims Australia has ended up pursuing a coronavirus elimination strategy which will cost $319billion between 2020 and 2022. 

That figure, equivalent to 23 per cent of GDP, is same as the cost of defence, education, health, and social security and welfare combined in one year.

The report says that a ‘medical capacity’ strategy to reduce Covid-19 infections so that hospitals do not get overwhelmed – rather than eliminate community transmission – would cost only $93.8billion. 

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The final day of the inquiry came after former health minister Jenny Mikakos resigned.

Mr Andrews reportedly faced a backlash from some of his own Labor MPs after he told the inquiry on Friday that Ms Mikakos was ‘accountable’ for hotel quarantine. 

‘It has put a lot of people on edge,’ an anonymous minister told The Herald Sun. 

‘He is a tyrant. He is a dictator with a capital D.I.C.K,’ another said.

‘He doesn’t care about anybody but himself… I don’t like the way she was treated.’

When asked about Ms Mikakos on Sunday, Mr Andrews said he had not contacted the former minister since her resignation.

‘No one is happy to see someone who is an incredibly hard working member of the team go, but if you make a decision that you can’t serve in the cabinet then you can’t serve in the cabinet,’ he said. 

Meanwhile, a report by free market think tank The Institute of Public Affairs claims Australia has ended up pursuing a coronavirus elimination strategy which will cost $319billion between 2020 and 2022. 

That figure, equivalent to 23 per cent of GDP, is same as the cost of defence, education, health, and social security and welfare combined in one year.

The report says that a ‘medical capacity’ strategy to reduce Covid-19 infections so that hospitals do not get overwhelmed – rather than eliminate community transmission – would cost only $93.8billion. 

Officially National Cabinet policy is to purse an ‘aggressive suppression strategy’. But IPA researchers say this has amounted to elimination because the goal is no community transmission.  

‘Eliminating COVID-19 means eliminating jobs, freedom, and hope,’ said Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the IPA and co-author of the report.

Asher Judah, IPA Associate and co-author. said: ‘Governments must adopt an approach that recognises that we must learn to live with the virus.

‘Lockdowns… impose significant social, cultural, and economic costs.

‘Governments should put in place measures to protect the elderly and vulnerable, implement high quality contact tracing, continue with random community testing, and maintain international border control measures. 

‘Otherwise, economic, social, and recreational life should return to normal, with social distancing observed as needed.’ 

Suggested findings for Victorian quarantine hotels inquiry 

Lawyers Tony Neal QC, Rachel Ellyard and Ben Ihle submitted their suggested findings to Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry on Monday. They are as follows:

GOVERNMENT HAD NO PLAN

* Public servants were given just 36 hours to set up the program.

* There was no suggestion those who set up the program worked other than with ‘the best of intentions and to the best of their ability’.

* ‘Bad faith or corruption is not what the evidence shows.’

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Calls are growing for Daniel Andrews (pictured) to resign after an inquiry heard the state’s hotel quarantine disaster caused 768 deaths

DHHS WAS IN CONTROL

* The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions played a substantial role but the Department of Health and Human Services was the control agency responsible for the program.

BRETT SUTTON SHOULD’VE BEEN IN CHARGE

* It was wrong to appoint people without public health expertise as the state controllers of the pandemic in February as it ‘influenced the way in which DHHS subsequently understood and acted on its responsibilities’.

* ‘Had the chief health officer or another person with public health expertise been appointed state controller … they would have had direct oversight of the hotel quarantine program and been able to directly influence the model of that program.’

NO ONE PERSON MADE THE DECISION TO USE SECURITY GUARDS

* ‘It can be best understood … as a creeping assumption or default consensus reached in the state control centre after the preference of Victoria Police was known.’

POLICE HAD PREFERENCE FOR GUARDS

* ‘It was not Victoria Police’s decision, but Victoria Police’s clear position that security would be preferable was a substantial contributing factor to the consensus.’

PREMIER SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOLD ABOUT ADF OFFER

* Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles should have told Premier Daniel Andrews his federal counterpart had offered Australian Defence Force support in an April 8 email exchange.

* But the initial decision not to have ADF boots on the ground was ‘reasonable and open – and no criticism should be directed to those who made those operational decisions’.

CONTRACTS WERE INAPPROPRIATE

* ‘There was insufficient supervision of those contracts to ensure compliance with the contractual terms, including as to subcontracting.’

* ‘The contracts with hotels and security companies should not have placed responsibility for PPE and infection control education on those contractors.’

HOTEL QUARANTINE RESPONSIBLE FOR SECOND WAVE

* Ninety per cent of second wave COVID-19 cases are attributable to the Rydges on Swanston outbreak in mid-May. Just under 10 per cent were attributable to the outbreak at the Stamford Hotel in mid-June.

* ‘The hotel quarantine program in Victoria failed to achieve its primary objective. The program that was intended to contain the disease was instead a seeding ground for the spread of COVID-19 into the broader community.’

* ‘The failure by the hotel quarantine program to contain this virus is, as at today’s date, responsible for the deaths of 768 people and the infection of some 18,418 others.’

PEOPLE IN QUARANTINE NOT LOOKED AFTER

* ‘The program did not always operate so as to meet the needs of those who were detained, in particular, those who had specific needs or vulnerabilities.’

* ‘Very early on, better consideration ought to have been given to the likely psychosocial impact of detention and expert advice should have been sought.’

* ‘Exemptions could and likely should have been granted in more situations.’

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY

* ‘There were significant issues which should have been brought to the respective ministers’ attention. The departmental secretaries were obliged to ensure that they discharged those obligations.’

* ‘They likely contributed to a loss in opportunities to identify and address issues which may have prompted better, fuller and more timely action.’

The submissions may form the recommendations of the inquiry’s chair, retired judge Jennifer Coate. She is due to deliver her final report to Victorian Governor Linda Dessau by November 6.

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On Monday Victorian Opposition leader Michael O’Brien said Victoria’s quarantine operation was ‘the worst failure of public administration in Victorian history’. 

He added: ‘If accountability for the deaths and damage is to mean anything, all those responsible must go – starting with Andrews.’

On Monday afternoon the final day of Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry heard the program’s failure was responsible for the deaths of all 768 residents who have died in the state’s second wave. 

Mr Ihle said protective gear was not used properly, staff were poorly trained and there was a lack of social distancing at the quarantine hotels. 

He said the system was set up quickly and the government failed to monitor it.

Opposition leader Michael O'Brien

Opposition leader Michael O'Brien

Opposition leader Michael O’Brien

‘What was established was necessarily untested and prudence dictated that the program should have been accompanied by intensive ongoing monitoring and auditing,’ he said.

‘The Victorian government failed to adequately ensure that this was done.’

Former Health Minister Jenny Mikakos resigned on Saturday after Mr Andrews said she was ‘accountable’ for the quarantine program. 

On Sunday Mr Andrews said he would not resign, telling reporters: ‘I don’t run from problems and challenges’. 

Melbourne’s second wave of coronavirus was sparked in late May when the disease escaped from a quarantine hotel and rapidly spread around the city. 

‘The scientific evidence now strongly suggests, and we submit that the board can comfortably find, that 90 per cent of positive cases in Victoria since [26 May] are attributable to that initial outbreak at the Rydges in late May,’ Mr Ihle said.

The Victorian government has been criticised for using private security guards to man the hotels instead of the police and ADF troops like in New South Wales and Queensland.

Contracts written up by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions left infection control and training in personal protective equipment use to the security companies.

Hotels, meanwhile, were responsible for cleaning, unless a returned traveller tested positive to Covid-19.

‘Responsibility for managing the risk of infection and providing for the safety of those involved in the program should have remained with the state. No contract should have purported to outsource those matters,’ Ms Ellyard said.

Counsel assisting Tony Neal QC said there was no suggestion those who set up the program worked other than with ‘the best of intentions and to the best of their ability’.

‘Bad faith or corruption is not what the evidence shows,’ he said.

‘Yet it is true that the hastily assembled program failed at two locations within approximately two and a half months and with disastrous consequences.

‘A multitude of decisions, actions and inaction, many of which compounded the effect of the other, ultimately expressed itself in the outbreaks which subverted the very reason for the existence of a hotel quarantine program. 

Hotel quarantine: A timeline 

* March 27 – National cabinet announces returned overseas travellers will have to complete 14 days of hotel quarantine. The Australia Defence Force prepares 100 personnel in each large state (and 50 in smaller states and territories) to ‘support expected quarantine compliance monitoring requests’. NSW and Queensland accept the support, Victoria decides to use private security guards. The decision is made at a 4:30pm meeting in Victoria’s state control centre.

* March 28 – At another state control centre meeting, Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner Andrew Crisp says there is no need for ADF ‘boots on the ground’. Victoria’s hotel quarantine program, named Operation Soteria, launches at 11:59pm.

* April 8 – Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens emails Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles to offer ADF assistance.

* April 9 – Public Health Commander Finn Romanes writes to Department of Health and Human Services secretary warning of a ‘risk to the health and safety of detainees’ due to governance issues. Letter backed by Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton and his deputy Annaliese van Diemen.

* April 11 – Man takes own life while in quarantine at Pan Pacific hotel.

* May 15 – A family of four with COVID-19 are moved to the Rydges on Swanston hotel, a ‘hot’ hotel.

* May 25 – A staff member at the Rydges on Swanston tests positive to COVID-19. Two others develop symptoms.

* May 27 – Rydges on Swanston outbreak first identified by the DHHS. It will grow to 17 people who have either worked at the hotel, or are household members or social contacts.

* June 1 – Stage-three restrictions eased.

* June 14 – Staff member at Stamford Plaza tests positive to COVID-19.

* June 17 – Stamford Plaza outbreak identified by DHHS. The cluster will grow to 46 people.

* June 21 – Further easing of restrictions.

* June 24 – Mr Crisp requests 850 ADF personnel to replace private security at hotels. Request rescinded a day later as the Department of Justice and Community Safety takes over the program.

* June 26 – It’s revealed 30 per cent of travellers in hotel quarantine are refusing tests.

* June 29 – Hot-spot Melbourne suburbs return to lockdown and international flights diverted.

* June 30 – Premier Daniel Andrews announces an inquiry into the hotel quarantine program after genomic sequencing revealed a number of COVID-19 cases can be linked to ‘staff members in hotel quarantine breaching well-known and well-understood infection control protocols’.

* July 4 – Hard lockdown announced at short notice for nine public housing towers. State records 108 new cases – its first day above 100 since late March.

* July 4, July 6, July 11 – As Victorian cases escalate, Prime Minister Scott Morrison writes to Mr Andrews three times offering ADF support.

* July 6 – The Victoria-NSW border shuts for first time in century.

* July 8 – Melbourne and Mitchell Shire go into stage-three lockdown for six weeks.

* July 20 – Hotel Quarantine Inquiry begins.

* August 2 – Victoria records 671 cases and seven deaths. State of disaster declared, stage four restrictions imposed.

* August 5 – Stage four restrictions delay inquiry’s public hearings by two weeks. State records 725 new cases and 15 deaths.

* August 11 – Mr Andrews tells a parliamentary inquiry ADF support was not offered for hotel quarantine, sparking war of words with federal Defence Minister Linda Reynolds.

* August 17 – Public hearings at inquiry begin.

* August 18 – DHHS epidemiologist Charles Alpren tells inquiry 99 per cent of active cases in Victoria stem from Rydges and Stamford outbreaks.

* September 6 – Stage four restrictions extended until October.

* September 25 – Mr Andrews appears before inquiry, apologises for mistakes. The program is responsible for more than 18,000 COVID-19 infections and 750 deaths.

* September 26 – Health Minister Jenny Mikakos resigns.

* September 28 – Inquiry’s closing submissions. Final report due November 6.

Source: AAP 

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An Australian deportee has been caught trying to escape hotel quarantine after using bed sheets as a rope to climb out of a window and abseil down the building. 

The man was staying at a Ramada Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand when he decided to make a break for it on Monday, despite being due for release in two days.

He tied bed sheets together to create a rope and managed to scale down four storeys. 

The man was staying at a Ramada Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand (pictured) when he decided to make a break for it on Monday, despite being due for release in two days

The man was staying at a Ramada Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand (pictured) when he decided to make a break for it on Monday, despite being due for release in two days

The man was staying at a Ramada Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand (pictured) when he decided to make a break for it on Monday, despite being due for release in two days

But he was caught by on-site security as he made his way out of the front gate.

He was taken into custody by police.

‘So far, we have been unable to establish what time the man absconded the facility,’ Darryn Webb, head of managed isolation and quarantine, said. 

CCTV footage will be reviewed to establish he man’s movements, he said.

‘This person has put themselves and others at potential risk and their actions were unacceptable. Wilfully leaving our facilities will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will be taken.’

Mr Webb said the COVID-19 risk to the public was low.

He tied bed sheets together to create a rope and managed to scale down four storeys (stock image pictured)

He tied bed sheets together to create a rope and managed to scale down four storeys (stock image pictured)

He tied bed sheets together to create a rope and managed to scale down four storeys (stock image pictured)

Security at the facility has been increased since the escape attempt. 

New Zealand has a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine scheme for anyone entering the country.

About 55,000 people have gone through the hotel quarantine scheme and 13 breaches have been reported.

‘These incidents are rare, and we treat them extremely seriously,’ Mr Webb said. 

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Merewether High teen barred from graduation after muck-up day prank targeting sex abuse survivor

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A student who participated in a vile Year 12 muck-up day scavenger hunt tormenting a sexual abuse survivor was not allowed to graduate with his class after the school learned of the prank.

Leaving students at Merewether High School in Newcastle, north of Sydney, were challenged to send the girl – who was abused from the age of four to 10 – a message ‘defending paedophiles’ to score points. 

One of the boys who participated in the challenge messaged her late on Wednesday night to say: ‘I really don’t think paedophiles are that bad.’ 

When she questioned the message, the boy added: ‘My uncle was one and I think he’s a good bloke. Is there anything wrong with that? 

‘Everyone is human. We are all the same, black, white, pedo, not pedo.’

But just days later, the student changed his tune and sent a grovelling apology to the young girl, insisting that he didn’t understand the gravity of the situation.

‘I’m young and stupid,’ he confessed. ‘None of this was meant to hurt anyone.’ 

The boy said he thought he was participating in a harmless challenge, and said he had no idea of the young woman’s traumatic personal experience.

Leaving students at Merewether High School in Newcastle, north of Sydney, were challenged to send the girl a message 'defending paedophiles' to score points

Leaving students at Merewether High School in Newcastle, north of Sydney, were challenged to send the girl a message 'defending paedophiles' to score points

Leaving students at Merewether High School in Newcastle, north of Sydney, were challenged to send the girl a message ‘defending paedophiles’ to score points

The student later sent a grovelling apology admitting that he'd made a mistake

The student later sent a grovelling apology admitting that he'd made a mistake

The student later sent a grovelling apology admitting that he’d made a mistake 

‘I thought it was a simple scav task. I had no idea of the unimaginable consequences of my actions,’ he wrote.

‘It makes me sick thinking about what I have done.’ 

The New South Wales Department of Education told Daily Mail Australia he was barred from graduating with his peers after the school learned of the incident.

‘A student who taunted a sexual assault survivor online was barred from the final Year 12 departure ceremony,’ a spokesman said.

He added that the student would face further disciplinary action.  

He went on to say the overwhelming majority of the cohort understood not to participate in scavenger hunt challenges and that it violated campus expectations. 

‘Year 12 students at Merewether High School have a very clear understanding of the high standards expected of them by the school in relation to their final days of schooling,’ he said. 

‘The posts setting up the ”hunt” were not from a student or students enrolled at Merewether High School, and the school referred the matter to police.’ 

In a sickening abuse of trust, the challenge was actually created by a former student who graduated from the same school in 2019 and was a friend of the victim.

He told the victim that after the school learned of the incident, he was barred from graduating with his class

He told the victim that after the school learned of the incident, he was barred from graduating with his class

He told the victim that after the school learned of the incident, he was barred from graduating with his class

She had recently confided in him about being sexually abused by a close family friend over six years.

Daily Mail Australia understands he has since been fired from his job after his employer learned of the prank.   

The mother of one of the boys was ‘horrified’ when the school informed her that her son had participated in the degrading activity. 

In Facebook messages obtained by Daily Mail Australia, graduating students contacted the vulnerable teenager – who does not even go to the school – late last Wednesday night to defend paedophiles in a sick attempt to elicit a reaction. 

The young woman, who can’t be identified, later learned the messages were sent to earn points for the selective school’s muck-up day scavenger hunt. 

Other challenges in the warped hunt included flicking a dog’s testicles, abusing a teacher via email, filming sex acts and abusing new mothers. 

It is the latest in a string of sick muck-up day challenges involving graduating NSW students, including at elite schools such as Shore in Sydney where so-called pranks included spitting on homeless people and pooing in public. 

The girl’s shattered mother told Daily Mail Australia the messages had ‘broken’ the 18-year-old, who recently started university after leaving school in Year 10 to cope with her trauma.

‘The days of throwing toilet paper over lawns and having innocent fun are gone… This is way too far,’ the mother-of-three said.   

An 18-year-old girl, who Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to name, became the victim of one of the challenges on Wednesday night when she began receiving unsolicited messages from boys she hardly knew defending paedophilia

An 18-year-old girl, who Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to name, became the victim of one of the challenges on Wednesday night when she began receiving unsolicited messages from boys she hardly knew defending paedophilia

An 18-year-old girl, who Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to name, became the victim of one of the challenges on Wednesday night when she began receiving unsolicited messages from boys she hardly knew defending paedophilia

The young girl from Newcastle, north of Sydney, later learned the messages were sent to earn points for a local schools' Muck Up Day scavenger hunt challenge (pictured)

The young girl from Newcastle, north of Sydney, later learned the messages were sent to earn points for a local schools' Muck Up Day scavenger hunt challenge (pictured)

The young girl from Newcastle, north of Sydney, later learned the messages were sent to earn points for a local schools’ Muck Up Day scavenger hunt challenge (pictured)

The messages immediately triggered the young woman, who was repeatedly molested as a child and has needed therapy to deal with her trauma ever since. 

A friend in the year group revealed he saw the muck-up day challenges for Year 12 students, and the messages were part of the twisted game to earn notoriety and points ahead of graduation. 

 The boy who created the challenge, she confided in him. She thought he was her friend and instead he’s turned her trauma into a joke
Teenager’s mother  

‘She was sobbing, shaking,’ her mother tearfully explained to Daily Mail Australia late on Wednesday night.

‘She feels so humiliated and exposed.’

The exact challenge was for the students to ‘message [her] and start an argument about paedophilia’, all while knowing about her traumatic experience.

‘The boy who created the challenge, she confided in him. She thought he was her friend and instead he’s turned her trauma into a joke.

‘We’re just totally shattered, and that’s an understatement.’ 

On Wednesday night, the young woman decided to confront the issue on Facebook after she realised ‘all of Newcastle was about to find out about it one way or another’.

‘I thought it would be better for it to come from me. It was my story to tell and I wanted to be able to tell it myself rather than in this group, so I posted it on Facebook,’ she said.

The post attracted hundreds of comments from outraged friends sharing their own muck-up day horror stories and condemning the boy who created the challenge. 

The girl only found out she was the centre of the sick scavenger hunt when a friend messaged her (her conversation with him above)

The girl only found out she was the centre of the sick scavenger hunt when a friend messaged her (her conversation with him above)

The girl only found out she was the centre of the sick scavenger hunt when a friend messaged her (her conversation with him above)

The girl took to Facebook to confront the former friend who abused her trust

The girl took to Facebook to confront the former friend who abused her trust

The girl took to Facebook to confront the former friend who abused her trust 

She also privately messaged the former student, demanding to know why 'you literally made me being molested into a f***ing scavenger challenge)

She also privately messaged the former student, demanding to know why 'you literally made me being molested into a f***ing scavenger challenge)

She also privately messaged the former student, demanding to know why ‘you literally made me being molested into a f***ing scavenger challenge) 

‘I wasn’t ready to publicly announce it at all, but I felt like I didn’t have a choice,’ she said.

Within hours, Facebook had removed the posts and any other comments affiliated with it, claiming it violated community standards.

‘It’s okay for him to put it all around Newcastle and the high school that he went to, and for students at the school to have a hard copy of this challenge list and to contact my daughter, but it’s not okay for her to post about it,’ her mother said. 

The mother-of-three explained that she understood kids needed to let off steam at the end of a school year, but said it should never come at the expense of another person.

 ‘We were finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel and now we’re back at square one

‘That boy has caused irreparable damage to [her] and to our family,’ the woman said. 

‘We were finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel and now we’re back at square one. As a mother, I helped her put the pieces back together and now they’ve just totally fallen apart again because of one person’s idea of funny.’   

When she was just 10 years old, the brave girl told her parents about the abuse she had endured for six years. Her family had no idea. 

‘She stood up in that box at court and she was just so brave in testifying against him. He was charged and it took her a very long time to trust anybody with that information, to trust boys at all.’    

‘She’s so broken again. She’d been trying to build up trust in people. She’s just said to me ”what’s the use?’ It’s just heartbreaking.’  

The post attracted hundreds of comments from outraged friends sharing their own muck-up day horror stories and condemning the boy who created the challenge

The post attracted hundreds of comments from outraged friends sharing their own muck-up day horror stories and condemning the boy who created the challenge

The post attracted hundreds of comments from outraged friends sharing their own muck-up day horror stories and condemning the boy who created the challenge

Shore School is among the top ranked in New South Wales and regularly features impressive Year 12 results. Students have been embroiled in controversy after a muck-up day manifesto was leaked

Shore School is among the top ranked in New South Wales and regularly features impressive Year 12 results. Students have been embroiled in controversy after a muck-up day manifesto was leaked

Shore School is among the top ranked in New South Wales and regularly features impressive Year 12 results. Students have been embroiled in controversy after a muck-up day manifesto was leaked

Since she began receiving the vile messages, the young woman has slipped back into a dark place and has been inconsolable. 

‘In the past, she has been in a place where she couldn’t even find a reason to live,’ her mother explained.

‘I would camp outside her door and sleep on the wooden floor just to make sure she wouldn’t harm herself. I’m so terrified now. I’m praying and I’ve made her promise she won’t hurt herself.’

It’s understood the boy responsible for including her name in the challenge completed his HSC at the same school in 2019. He has since deleted his social media accounts. 

He and the young woman had been friends prior to the incident, and she was doubly heartbroken when she learned he had broken her trust.   

‘Someone’s idea of a scavenger challenge to hurt and break a person is not my idea of fun or funny,’ the girl’s mother said.

‘They’ve made it personal. I think they’re young, and silly and don’t realise the repercussions of their actions.

‘Some of these challenges include taking three ecstasy pills and washing it down with a bottle of Jack Daniels, last year they were told to burn swastika’s into their bums.’

She acknowledged that the students had worked hard and overcome major setbacks in 2020 to make it to their graduation, but said it was no excuse to ruin someone else’s life.

The young woman is not a student at the school and has no affiliation with the muck-up day challenge, and said she had no idea why she was ever brought into it.

The exclusive bubble stretches from Belmore Park, out the front of Central Station, to the Spit Bridge and includes Kirribilli, Neutral Bay and Mosman

The exclusive bubble stretches from Belmore Park, out the front of Central Station, to the Spit Bridge and includes Kirribilli, Neutral Bay and Mosman

The exclusive bubble stretches from Belmore Park, out the front of Central Station, to the Spit Bridge and includes Kirribilli, Neutral Bay and Mosman

Students at several other schools are known to be participating in similar muck-up day challenges, bouncing ideas off one another in nationwide Facebook groups. 

On Wednesday, the manifesto from Shore School on Sydney’s lower north shore revealed students were willing to ‘spit on homeless people’ and denigrate women for sport.  

The ‘official rule and challenge book’ – revealed they planned to meet between 5pm and 6pm on Wednesday at Waverton Park for the series of ‘treacherous’ challenges.  

The rule book stated all participants from the $33,000-a-year school were required to chip in $10 and the team who gathered the most points would be rewarded the total cash prize. 

More than 150 challenges were listed in the scavenger hunt rule book and the tasks range in difficulty.

The ‘Beta’ difficulty is deemed the easiest for competitors, with five to ten points up for grabs for each task.

Some include stealing a street sign, shaving an eyebrow, posing for a naked photo in front of Luna Park and ‘hooking up’ with a random girl.

In the ‘Apprentice’ difficulty, students can receive 20 points for pooing on a public toilet seat, waxing their armpits, snorting cocaine and winning $50 on the pokies.

For 30 points in the ‘Terrorist Eh’ difficulty section, participants must take a vodka shot out of a condom, ‘get with a lesbian’, ‘order a stripper’ and ‘eat a live small animal’.

The list of challenges denigrates women, by urging students to ‘get with a chick which is 3/10 or lower (photo of the chick and the dirty work)’.  

The muck-up day manifesto was discovered by school administrators, who contacted NSW Police. 

The 'official rule and challenge book' - created by students in a PDF document - revealed they planned to meet between 5 and 6pm on Wednesday at Waverton Park for the series of 'treacherous' challenges

The 'official rule and challenge book' - created by students in a PDF document - revealed they planned to meet between 5 and 6pm on Wednesday at Waverton Park for the series of 'treacherous' challenges

The ‘official rule and challenge book’ – created by students in a PDF document – revealed they planned to meet between 5 and 6pm on Wednesday at Waverton Park for the series of ‘treacherous’ challenges

The school's library features uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (pictured)

The school's library features uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (pictured)

The school’s library features uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (pictured)

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