My home town of Toowoomba is grieving the death of Mr Robert Brown at the age of 75 yesterday. Mr Brown died of injuries sustained in an attack that took place in broad daylight outside the Grand Central Shopping Centre. His young attacker, with great cowardice, violently shoved him from behind before stealing his backpack, running off, stealing a car and racing through our community.
We’ve heard this story all too often in Toowoomba, but the death of Mr Brown stirred something in us. He was a gentle man who faced something of a hard life, dealing with his impairments with a smile on his face and something akin to grace in his dealings with others. The Toowoomba Chronicle has given voice to our anger, starting its ‘Enough Is Enough’ campaign.