"He had a smile that would light up a room." Danny Frawley's family pay tribute to AFL legend, & more in news in 5.

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1. “He had a smile that would light up a room.” Danny Frawley’s family pay tribute to AFL legend.

The family of the late Danny Frawley has released a statement thanking the wider community for their support.

Frawley, killed on Monday in a car crash, is survived by his wife Anita and their three daughters, Chelsea, Danielle and Keeley, along with his mother and five siblings.

Family members said they were shocked and devastated by his death but reflected on his love for his family and his work to support those suffering mental health issues.

“The Frawley families are totally shocked and devastated by his passing, but Danny provided us with strength, good humour and unwavering support during his extraordinary life, memories which will be cherished and help us cope with his tragic death,” the statement read.

“Danny made friends from all walks of life. He had a smile that would light up a room, an infectious laugh and an easy charm that made people feel good about themselves. He genuinely liked and cared about people and they loved him back.

“Danny was to all who knew him a caring, loyal, selfless, loving person who would always put others first before himself and, aside from his work in football and media, he worked hard to use his profile to remove the stigma associated with depression and encouraged acceptance and support for those who suffered with mental health issues.”

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Tributes to Danny Frawley outside St Kilda Football Club. Image: Getty.

The 56-year-old St Kilda Hall of Famer died at the scene of a single-vehicle car crash near Ballarat on Monday. He was the only occupant in the car that crashed into a tree about 1.30pm.

Social media was full of tributes from football fans, footy players and legends of the game and Monday night's Fox Footy was dedicated to remembering his legacy.

Frawley made his mark on the AFL in a number of roles, including as St Kilda captain, Richmond coach and, more recently, as a media personality.

The family's statement said they had been "overwhelmed" by community support.

"We would like to sincerely thank everyone for the outpouring of love and kindness at this time," the statement said.

"We are overwhelmed by the messages of support following his death. We are humbled, proud and incredibly touched."

2. Man charged with murder of Ioli Hadjilyra a week after body was found in Brisbane park.

A man has been charged with the murder of a sketch artist whose battered body was found in a Brisbane park last week.

The partially hidden body of 26-year-old Ioli Hadjilyra was discovered in a garden bed at Kalinga Park on the city's northside by a council worker last Wednesday. She was bruised and bleeding.

A 34-year-old man was arrested at the corner of Felix Street and Lutwyche Road in the suburb of Lutwyche on Tuesday night after members of the public alerted police.


He has been charged with murder and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

3. Arson suspected in Queensland statewide emergency.

The majority of bushfires raging across Queensland amid a statewide emergency have been deliberately lit, an expert believes.

Police have set up a special task force probing several blazes as the state reels from days of property damage and displacement which is set to continue into the weekend.

Eight fires - in Brisbane, Stanthorpe, the southeast and central Queensland regions - are in the scope of the taskforce as more than 80 fires rage across the state on Tuesday, police commissioner Katarina Carroll says.

It comes after three teenagers were questioned after allegedly admitting online they were responsible for a bushfire which has destroyed two homes and forced hundreds to flee on the Sunshine Coast.

"Some of the behaviour, unfortunately, has been reckless and other behaviour has been purposeful," Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.

"Some of the fires have involved children playing and obviously the consequences are dire as a result of that.

"Some of them have been purposeful and malicious. Some fires have clearly just gotten away from kids thinking they're having fun."

On Monday, three young boys were arrested for lighting a fire in a stormwater drain on the Gold Coast, while a 63-year-old man was charged with lighting an unauthorised fire after allegedly back-burning just outside Rockhampton on Sunday.


A 12-year-old boy was being questioned on Tuesday over a deliberately-lit fire which destroyed bushland and a section of a Logan City Council storage facility at Woodridge on Monday night.

Police are also appealing for information about three suspicious fires west of the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

The behaviour has occurred despite 'very high' fire ratings amid windy and dry weather conditions.

"We have a number of people across the state who are not exercising prudent care with fire," Chief Superintendent Ben Marcus said.

"People are still throwing cigarette butts out the window, people are still operating grinders, people are still producing ignition sources."

At least 17 houses have been destroyed and 67 damaged.

Paul Read, a director of the National Centre for Research in Bushfire and Arson, believes around 50 per cent of all Australian bushfires are confirmed or suspected arson, with only 15 per cent occurring naturally.

He speculated up to 95 per cent of current bushfires in Queensland were caused by human activity such as arson, reckless use of machinery or land clearing.

"Usually, there's a portion that are lightning strikes. There have been no lightning strikes," Prof Read, from Monash University, told AAP.

Professor Read believes adult arsonists were "embittered" and depressed, often from loss of employment or the break-up of a relationship.

Children would deliberately lights fires because they have developmental disorders or were playing only for the fire to get out of control, with lack of education a factor, he said.

Other children were "truly malicious" and were "heading towards developing full blown psychopathy".

"That group needs to be handled by the justice system," Prof Read said.

4. WA teen mum jailed for murdering her baby.


A teenage mother who murdered her four-month-old baby after the "fantasy" of motherhood did not meet her expectations has been sentenced to life in prison in Western Australia.

Cassandra Rose Doohan was aged 18 when she "vigorously shook" Anastasia, inflicting catastrophic head and neck injuries on the infant, at their Capel home in the state's South West region in May 2017.

Doohan was sentenced in the WA Supreme Court on Tuesday and must spend at least 13 years behind bars before she can be eligible for parole.

Anastasia's father found her "floppy" body in her cot after he came out of the shower and the girl died at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth two days later.

The court heard Anastasia had been seen with bruises weeks before her death and child protection authorities had become involved.

Doohan, now 20, originally pleaded not guilty to murder but later admitted her crime.

Justice Anthony Derrick accepted Doohan had not intended to kill Anastasia but she did intend to cause bodily injury likely to endanger her life.

He said Anastasia was vulnerable and, as her mother, Doohan had a duty of care, but instead she used considerable violence and failed to get help until after her partner realised there was a problem.

Referring to the victim impact statements, Justice Derrick said Anastasia's father had suffered from mood swings, panic attacks and depression.

Defence counsel Seamus Rafferty previously told the court Doohan had a sadistic drug-using father and had wanted to have a baby because she had a fantasy of creating a "perfect little world" for herself.

But the reality of the responsibility of being a mother was very different, he said.


Justice Derrick accepted Doohan had been exposed to significant trauma as a child, including physical abuse.

"You had a poor start in life," he said.

Justice Derrick said Doohan was emotionally immature and had personality disorders.

"You were focused on what you believed a baby would give to you," he said.

But she became frustrated, angry and resentful towards Anastasia and never formed a bond, he said.

Mr Rafferty had argued Doohan should be handed a fixed prison term for murder rather than a life sentence.

But Justice Derrick said a life sentence would not be unjust in Doohan's case.

He added that no sentence could heal the pain and suffering of the family.

"This is a terribly tragic case," he said.

5. Disabled man feels like prisoner living in nursing home 'cell'.

Once an active person who hated being confined within four walls, 52-year-old Neale Radley now feels like a prisoner in "cell 14" of a nursing home.

The former truck driver loved the outdoors - camping, fishing, sport and being fit - and catching up with friends.

One mistake took all that away when Mr Radley dived off a houseboat into a river, but hit a sandbar, the 2014 accident leaving him a quadriplegic.


"Every day I am reminded of how different my life is now compared to before the accident," Mr Radley told the aged care royal commission on Tuesday.

"My accident was a mistake that I have to deal with for the rest of my life.

"My accident has forced me to learn how to live again."

Mr Radley has lived in a residential aged care facility in regional Victoria for four years, 150 kilometres away from his parents.

He feels isolated and alone, as older residents around him die.

"I have nicknamed my room 'cell 14' because I don't have the freedom to get out.

"I feel like a prisoner."

It took more than six months for Mr Radley to be approved for specialist disability accommodation in the community, through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

He is now waiting for a place to become available near his parents and the services, hospital and support he needs to live a happy life.

"Even if I have to wait for it to be built, knowing I have a place would at least give me direction and make me feel like there was light at the end of the tunnel."

In contrast, Robyn Spicer's physically and intellectually disabled daughter Jessie loves living in a residential aged care facility in central Victoria.

The 37-year-old moved there in 2013, after it became too hard to care for her at home.

A real people person despite being unable to speak, Jessie is thriving.

Jessie's life's work, her family says, is to make people happy.

"Jessie has an extremely busy, full life," her mum said.

"She's go, go, go all the time and that's what she loves."

Ms Spicer said she wanted to share Jessie's story with the royal commission to balance out the depressing and awful stories coming out of aged care.

"I'm not saying for one minute there are lots of people in aged care who really shouldn't be there and there are some facilities that are just appalling.

"But I'm saying people for whom it is a great choice, I don't think there should be any stigma about it."

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