Tranquil travel: Violence on our public transport networks

Terrence Goldsworthy, Robyn Lincoln

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Last month, a video of an elderly man’s alleged assault on a Gold Coast bus went viral on social media after a passenger filmed the confrontation. The incident put the sometimes-ignored issue of violence on Australia’s public transport back in the spotlight.

Aggression between passengers or against drivers on our bus networks is nothing new. Racial slurs, threats, bashings and brawls have been reported in several states in recent years. And violence towards taxi drivers has previously caused public concern. There have also been a number of incidents on train networks across Australia in recent times.

But is the fear of violence on our public transport systems justified? And what can be done to prevent such crimes?
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2014


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