Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday that Australians have been “shocked, saddened and devastated” by the death of four people, including three children after a fire in an apparent domestic violence act.
Hannah Baxter, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Lainah, 4 and Trey, 3, died after their car was set on fire on a street in the suburbs of Brisbane on Wednesday morning.
Mrs. Baxter’s estranged husband and children’s father, Rowan Baxter, allegedly turned off his gas family before turning on the car.
The 42-year-old former New Zealand Warriors player in the National Rugby League competition was also found dead close to the scene, reportedly after stabbing himself.
“Australians across the country are just shocked, saddened and devastated by what happened on a suburban street where Hannah and her three children were murdered in such a senseless and maddening way in what happened in a terrible act of violence “Morrison told reporters.
Angela Lynch, CEO of the Legal Service for Women in the state of Queensland, of which Brisbane is the capital, has asked for a review of the Australian family justice system.
“Domestic violence services are under pressure everywhere,” he told Australian Broadcasting Corp.
He said women were seeking assistance more than ever and “we should have the systems there, systems that are adequate to be able to respond to them.”
Carolyn Robinson, of Beyond DV, a domestic violence organization, said the domestic welfare sector was shocked by the accident. “Everyone is shocked, I mean in the DV sector, we all work together, we support each other,” Robinson told reporters.
“Yesterday I spoke to several people, we are all shocked. It could not have been foreseen. I hope it will never happen again,” he said.