FOOTAGE: A screenshot from the video on YouTube.
FOOTAGE: A screenshot from the video on YouTube. Youtube

Ipswich teen charged over racist rant

AN IPSWICH teenager is one of two males Queensland police have charged over a vile racist rant against a train security guard after reaction to footage posted online made headlines around the world.

The teens, aged 17 and 18 from Brisbane and Ipswich respectively, have been charged with a string of offences over the attack at 11.50pm on October 2 on the Ipswich line at Indooroopilly.

Both teenagers will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

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In the video, the Brisbane teen is allegedly seen racially abusing a security guard who had asked him to get off the train due to anti-social behaviour.

It is alleged he repeatedly hurled racist abuse at the guard, such as "black dog" and "nigger", before his friend, who allegedly filmed the encounter, dragged him off the train.

The second teen is from Ipswich and has been charged with creating a nuisance on a railway.

The 17-year-old has been charged with two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and creating a nuisance on a railway and one each of threatening violence, common assault and using a carriage service to menace or harass. It will further be alleged one of the teens verbally abused and spat on a male security officer.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the racist abuse levelled against the guard was un-Australian.

"I think it is un-Australian to abuse people in a public place just because you don't like the way they look," he said.

"Or you do not like the way they dress or you make assumptions about what they believe.

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"That is completely un-Australian and it just should not happen."

Queensland Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes said all Queenslanders should condemn this sort of behaviour.

"The full force of the law should be brought down on the drunken imbecile depicted in the video," he said.

"Luckily, he is far from the typical Queenslander, who is tolerant and welcoming of people from all cultures."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the behaviour of the teenagers did not reflect Ipswich or Australian society.

"But the full force of the law should be brought against them," he said.

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