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Oakey hit and run victim 47yo Trudy Wright Dodd remembered in tributes

Oakey woman Trudy Wright Dodd has been remembered as a “beautiful soul” with a “smile that would light any room” after she died in an alleged hit and run.

Ms Dodd’s body was found on the side of 4AK Road in the town, north-west of Toowoomba, on Saturday morning.

Investigators believed she was struck by a car sometime between midnight and 8am.

A tip off from a member of the public led police to the vehicle suspected to be involved in the incident.

The driver was assisting police with their inquiries and police were yet to lay any changes.

Ms Dodd’s work colleagues remembered the 47-year-old for her generosity.

She worked at Distributors TCW, a confection wholesaler in Toowoomba, and was recently recognized for more than five years’ service with the company.

“Trudy Wright Dodd, my good work colleague, supervisor and friend, you were and always will be in my thoughts,” Rodney Bugeja wrote on social media.

“Thank you for all your generosity and understanding towards me whilst I worked at TCW, you were an absolute pleasure to work under.”

A police officer on a road in Oakey
A police officer at the site of the suspected hit and run which resulted in the death of Ms Dodd near Oakey.(ABC News: Lucas Hill)

Another colleague said Ms Dodd was “nothing but a beautiful soul” and she had a “smile that would light any room.”

Ms Dodd was also a longtime supporter of the local Oakey Bears rugby league club.

“Our football community has been rocked by this tragedy,” the club said in a statement.

“The Oakey Bears Senior RLFC are shocked and deeply saddened by news we have lost one of our great longtime supporters Trudy Dodd.”

The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to investigate Ms Dodd’s death.



Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation telehealth obstacle prevents house-bound from accessing service

On his heyday, Alan Clark was a gun centre-forward who left everything on the field.

Footy was in his blood. He earned best and fairest accolades at almost every suburban club he played for and as a player-coach proudly led the Frankston reserves to a gritty grand final showdown in 1971.

They lost to the boys from Brunswick that day and the outcome still stings.



Kumanjayi Walker inquest no longer starting in Yuendumu at family’s request

The inquest into the death of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker, who was shot by a Northern Territory police officer in 2019, will no longer begin in his home community of Yuendumu.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this article contains an image of a person who has died, used with the permission of their family.

Kumanjayi Walker died after he was shot by Constable Zachary Rolfe during an attempted arrest in Yuendumu in November 2019.

Constable Rolfe was found not guilty of murder after a five-week Supreme Court trial earlier this year.

Northern Territory Coroner, Libby Armitage, will preside over a three-month inquest into his death, which had earlier been flagged to start in the remote community, about 300 kilometers from Alice Springs.

A person holds a t-shirt with the words 'justice for walker, never again' above their head.
Family and supporters of Kumanjayi Walker requested the inquest no longer begin in Yuendumu. (ABC News: Michael Franchi)

‘Change in circumstances’ in Yuendumu

Legal representatives of Mr Walker’s family and community today told the Coroner it would no longer be “appropriate” for the inquest to start in Yuendumu.

Representatives for the Lane, Walker and Robertson families, who cared for Mr Walker, said a “change in circumstances” in Yuendumu meant their feelings towards the inquest being held in community had changed.



NBA legend and civil rights activist Bill Russell’s number 6 jersey to be retired league-wide

US basketball legend Bill Russell’s number 6 jersey is being retired across the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association made the announcement on Thursday, permanently retiring the number worn by the 11-time champion and civil rights activist, who was good enough to have been enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Russell is the first player to have his number retired league-wide.

The Boston Celtics star died at age 88 on July 31.

“Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.

“Permanently retiring his number 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognised.”

Players who currently wear number 6 — including the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James — may continue doing so.

But the number cannot be issued again, the league said.

Bill Russell standing in a gray suit at an NBA game
Bill Russell was the most prolific winner in the NBA’s history. (AP Photo: Michael Dwyer)

All NBA players will wear a patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys this season, the league said, and every NBA court will display a clover-shaped logo with the number 6 on the sideline near the scorer’s table.

The Celtics have “separate and unique recognition for him on their uniforms” planned, the NBA said.



Aboriginal man dies in custody at Port Phillip Prison in Melbourne, hours after hospital visit

An Aboriginal man has died in a Melbourne prison just hours after returning from hospital.

The ABC understands the 32-year-old man was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital on Wednesday morning for treatment.

He was then brought back to the maximum-security Port Phillip prison, where he died in the medical unit on Wednesday night.

A spokesperson from the Department of Justice and Community confirmed the man died on Wednesday.

“It is with great sorrow that Corrections Victoria acknowledges the passing of a prisoner at Port Phillip Prison,” the spokesperson said.

“As with all deaths in custody, the matter has been referred to the coroner, who will formally determine the cause of death.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said both the coroner and Corrections Victoria would conduct a full review into death.

A statement was posted to the Corrections Victoria website late on Friday afternoon, saying: “We recognize that all deaths in custody have impacts on family members, friends, victims and the broader Aboriginal community, and we’re working to ensure they are provided with the support they need.”

Victoria’s corrections system was heavily criticized during a recent inquest into the death of Aboriginal woman Veronica Nelson, who died alone in her cell despite repeatedly calling out for help.

A St Vincent’s spokesperson offered the hospital’s condolences and said it would comply with the coronial inquest.

Push for uniform services across Australia

Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus told ABC Radio Melbourne he wanted all states to adopt uniform custody notification services.

A close up shot of Mark Dreyfus wearing a suit and tie.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says all corrections centers are run by Australia’s states and territories.(AAP: Mick Tsikas)

He said national implementation of the support services would enable Aboriginal people in custody to speak to lawyers, family members and support services.

“We’ve made a commitment in the election to assist families with coronial inquiries with the hope that if these deaths in custody are examined, we will learn more about how they can be prevented,” he said.

In 1991, Australia’s Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody warned the arrest of Aboriginal people should be a last resort and that prison staff should be trained to recognize the signs of deteriorating health.

There have been more than 500 deaths in custody since the commission.

Co-chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria Marcus Stewart said the figure showed that changes were long overdue.

“[It’s] 500 too many. I have no confidence that the system is working,” he said.

“I think the system is rotted and corroded to its core and we need systematic reform, structural reform.”

Marcus Stewart, Co-Chair of the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria
Marcus Stewart says the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria is calling for a truth-telling process to address deaths in custody.(Supplied)

He said mechanisms such as the Yoorrook Justice Commission, a truth-telling process, needed to be put in place so treaty could deliver reforms.

Mr Stewart said he was in favor of Mr Dreyfus’ suggestions of national custody notification services.

“It’s a bottom line responsibility that the government should be doing as a normal practice, and it’s kind of disgraceful … that in 2022 we’re talking about that being introduced,” he said.

“We see you, we hear you and we notice the inaction you’re taking on Aboriginal deaths in custody.

“Step up and take responsibility.”



Paul Green’s sudden death leaves Johnathan Thurston ‘absolutely devastated’

North Queensland Cowboys great Johnathan Thurston flew back home to be with his family after he was left “absolutely devastated” by the news that his former coach, Paul Green, had died aged 49.

On Channel Nine’s coverage of the Panthers-Storm game in Penrith on Thursday night, Thurston, the co-captain and Clive Churchill medalist of Green’s premiership-winning Cowboys side, was absent.

After hearing the news of Green’s death, Cameron Smith said he spent a few hours with Thurston in Sydney on Thursday afternoon before his friend, colleague and former Maroons teammate returned home to be with his family and his beloved North Queensland community.

“[Thurston] was absolutely devastated, as were many of the players and his teammates in that Cowboys outfit led by Paul Green,” Smith said.

“We just want to send our best wishes to all those players and particularly our mate JT. We feel for you, as the entire rugby league community do.

“For everyone that was involved with Paul Green and his family, we wish you all the very best.”

Many other Cowboys premiership players posted messages of sadness on social media, including Michael Morgan, John Asiata and Ben Hannant.

A minute’s silence was observed before Thursday’s game at Penrith Stadium and others will be held before every NRL game this round.

Paul Green's image is displayed on the big screen during a minute's silence before an NRL game at Penrith Stadium.
A minute’s silence was held before the Panthers vs. Storm game on Thursday night, just hours after news of Green’s death emerged.(Getty: Cameron Spencer)

Cowboys coach reflects on opportunities Green gave him

North Queensland plays the Roosters in Sydney on Saturday afternoon.

Cowboys coach Todd Payten said the club had to “put our arms around each other” after a difficult 24 hours.

“It’s a good reminder of how fortunate we are to do what we are able to do,” he said.



Musical Youth announces the death of ‘legend’ drummer Frederick Waite Jr.

Frederick Waite Jr, the drummer for reggae band Musical Youth — best known for the hit song Pass the Dutchie — has died, aged 55.

The band Waite announced his death on Twitter.

“Our thoughts go out to him and his family during this sad time,” the post said.

“We have lost a musical legend, who inspired many young musicians over the last 40 years.”


A notice for an inquest into his death listed by the Birmingham City Council says he died on July 20.

The cause of Waite’s death was not announced by the band.

Waite was just 15 years old when Pass the Dutchie became a hit.

More than 4 million copies of the single were sold, according to a biography on All Music.

Musical Youth was formed in Birmingham, England in 1979.

Its members, Waite’s brother Patrick Waite, Dennis Seaton, Michael Grant and Kelvin Gran, were all students at Duddleston Manor School.

They made two albums, The Youth of Today in 1982 and Different Style in 1983, before disbanding in 1985.

However, Seaton and Micheal Grant reformed as a duo and have been performing together since the early 2000s.

Musical Youth gathered to play Pass the Dutchie at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last week.

Musical Youth playing on stage at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony
Waite had died before the band played at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Birmingham. (PA via AP: Mike Egerton)



Parents who have experienced stillbirth want other Australians to know they’re not alone this Red Nose Day

Dimity Blundell was 35 weeks pregnant with her son, Finley, when she was suddenly woken up in the middle of the night by her cat.

Warning: This story discusses stillbirths and contains photos and other content that may be distressing to some people.

“I used the bathroom and started bleeding, a lot,” she said.

Dimity, and her husband Michael, rushed to hospital, where doctors told them the news no parents want to hear: “we can’t find a heartbeat.”

Dimity had had a placental abruption, a rare but serious pregnancy complication where the placenta partly or completely separates from the uterus before delivery.

She was taken into an operating theater at 12:16am on February 22 this year.

“I was prepped by 12:17am, knocked out at 12:18am, the surgery started at 12:19am, and Finley was born at 12:20am,” Dimity said.

Finley was declared dead at 1:24am.

‘Is this the worst day of my life?’

A closeup of a baby's feet.
Michael and Dimity are taking it “day by day” since their son’s death.(Supplied)

Later that morning, a midwife asked if the grieving couple wanted to meet their son.

Dimity recalled the midwife telling her: “he’s very cute, he really does just look like he’s sleeping.”

Finley spent four days in the loving arms of his parents, and a handful of other family members and friends.

Dimity said she always asks herself, “is the worst day of my life the day he was born, or the day I had to leave him? I think it was the day we had to leave him.”

“Then we came home, and we had a nursery and we had baby things, and then we became the people whose baby died,” she said.

“Everyone else gets to bring their baby home, so why didn’t we?”

Dimity in a hospital bed, holds baby Finley while Michael looks over them.
Dimity and Michael with baby Finley, who was stillborn in February 2022.(Supplied)

Five-and-a half months on, Dimity and Michael said they were taking each day as it came.

But Dimity said Finley’s death “affects every single aspect” of their lives.

“Everything that you do, it’s just woven into the fabric of who you are,” she said.

Michael said it was hard to describe the pain, that still had not gone away, but said it had “certainly gotten a little easier to deal with, with all the counseling and work we’ve put in.”

“It definitely burns less; I’d say it would be a campfire now rather than a bonfire,” Dimity said.

“Moving forward is weird though, because the further forward you move, the further away you get from your baby.”

‘We are the strength of other people, we are the strength of the Red Nose families’

Bonnie looks seriously into the camera, standing outside.
Bonnie Carter is the ACT representative for the Red Nose Community Advisory Committee.(ABC News: Dave Scasci)

Shortly after Finley’s death, the couple reached out to the charity Red Nose — best known for its annual major fundraiser Red Nose Day, which is today.

Each year, the national charity raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to continue vital research into the causes of stillbirth and sudden infant death and support families impacted by the death of a baby or child.

Through Red Nose’s Canberra branch, Dimity and Michael were able to participate in counselling, and said they discovered a whole community of people who had gone through the same experience as them.

“Once you step into the community, you realize how big it is, and we’re all here for one another,” Michael said.

“The mums and the dads and the siblings of the little people who are with Finley, those people are phenomenal, and they will get you through this,” Dimity said.

“People often tell Michael and I, ‘you’re so strong, you’re so brave’. And I say, ‘No. We are the strength of other people, we are the strength of the Red Nose families.'”

name tag
Bonnie Carter and her husband Steve had these tags made for their two little girls, who were stillborn.(ABC News: Adam Kennedy)

Another member of the Red Nose community in Canberra, is bereaved parent Bonnie Carter, who lost her two daughters, Grace and Matilda, in the span of 18 months.

“It was a very raw, unique pain that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy,” she said.

“There’s some sort of pain you cannot describe in words when a baby dies in the comfort of your belly.”

Bonnie is the ACT representative for the Red Nose Community Advisory Committee and said it was important to talk about stillbirth, as the latest statistics showed 3,000 Australian babies died suddenly and unexpectedly each year.

“By the time you roll into bed tonight, nine Australian families will have lost a baby,” she said.

Dimity and Michael said they found “talking about stillbirth took away the stigma.”

“You’re pregnant and you’re carrying a baby and then it dies, and there’s a lot of stigma around, ‘what did you do?'” Dimity said.

“By talking to Red Nose and hearing the different stories, people have a lot more understanding that it does just happen.”

Funds raised to assist research into stillbirth

Current research from Red Nose shows more than 50 per cent of stillbirths, that occur in the last weeks of an otherwise healthy pregnancy, have no known cause.

But Bonnie said she hoped that ongoing research undertaken at Red Nose could ensure “zero babies pass away, and zero little lives are lost.”

She said, until that time came, counseling and community support allowed bereaved parents and families to open up about their experience.

Bonnie Carter with baby Evie
Bonnie has since welcomed baby daughter Evie, but continues to advocate for parents who have lost a baby through stillbirth or miscarriage.(Supplied)

“You need those other parents to lean on, to talk to, to vent to, to cry to, to laugh with,” she said.

“There is a whole community of families, especially in the Canberra region, who get it, who feel your pain, who understand it, and we’re your backbone. You can lean on us whenever you need to.”

Dimity and Michael said, one day, when they were “further down the path” they wanted to join Bonnie and become involved in the Red Nose charity.

“So that other people don’t have to sit in their hospital beds holding their baby and thinking ‘this doesn’t happen to other people,'” Dimity said.



Paul Green fondly remembered by Cronulla and Queensland teammate Mat Rogers

A shocked Mat Rogers says his former rugby league teammate, Paul Green, will be remembered as an “incredible competitor” who never took a backward step.

The rugby league world is in mourning following the sudden death of 49-year-old Green, who represented Queensland in State of Origin and was a premiership-winning coach.

Rogers spent the past weekend in Sydney with Green at a Cronulla players reunion, with the pair having been teammates at the Sharks for three seasons since 1995.

They were roommates in the Queensland Super League representative team in 1997, before spending two years together in the Maroons State of Origin side.

Paul Green in Origin jersey raising his hand.
Paul Green represented Queensland in State of Origin.(Getty Images: Darren England)

Green later enjoyed a successful coaching career, guiding North Queensland to its first NRL premiership in 2015.

Rogers said he and Green played golf and then sat next to each other to watch the Sharks beat St George Illawarra on Saturday night.


“It was great — we played golf on Friday together and spent time at the reunion together,” Rogers said.

“He was telling me about the new boat he’d just bought for the family and I was looking forward to going for a ride.

“I can’t believe he’s gone… it makes me appreciate that time I got to spend with him.”

Rogers said half-back Green — who stood at just 167 centimeters tall — played well above his diminutive size.



Paul Green live updates: Rugby league world in shock after death of NRL premiership-winning coach

Here’s our digital sport lead Kyle Pollard:

Green’s legacy as the first coach to take the Cowboys to premiership glory would follow him even as he farewelled the club in 2020.

With two grand finals and a long-awaited trophy under his belt, the question was always going to be ‘what’s next?’

For Green, it was the Broncos.

The powerhouse club had let Anthony Seibold go, and for many, Green was the natural man to step into the seat. Experienced, respected, and a Broncos Old Boy to boot.

And while his interview was reportedly exceptional, Kevin Walters stood fair and square in his way.

“Look, I was disappointed to miss out on the Broncos,” he told The Courier-Mail’s Peter Badel.

“But I knew the situation I was walking into. I knew what ‘Kevvie’ brought to the job and I knew what I brought to the job.

“There’s no ill-feeling at all towards the Broncos at all.”

Instead, Green would take the head coach role at the Maroons, in what would be a transition period between the old and the new as the rep team moved from Wayne Bennett, to Green, and eventually to Billy Slater.

It was a brutal result, with a dominant Blues outfit getting the job done in the first two games.

Green would however go on to claim Origin III, and mark himself in the record books as one of only 13 men to coach the mighty Maroons.


Here’s the highlights from that game.