Members of the Blackwater fire station.
Members of the Blackwater fire station.

Racist tirade befouls Anzac spirit at dawn service

A SUNSHINE Coast family with a proud tradition of military service has been rocked by a racist attack on their daughter-in-law at an Anzac Day dawn service.

Vietnam veteran Ray Marx and his wife, Robyn Deane, are struggling to come to terms with the attack on their Singapore-born daughter-in-law at a Brisbane service.

A woman launched a vicious tirade at Magdeline Marx and her young daughter, telling them "f*** off, you f****** c***! This is for Australians!".

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Mr Marx, who wore his father's Second World War medals alongside his own in last Saturday's Anzac Day march at Maroochydore, said he was "sickened" by the attack.

"What would possess a woman to shout disgusting abuse at someone they have never met, or taken the time to know, is beyond me," he said.

"What did all those who served want for their country? It certainly was not the attitude displayed by that rude woman.

"If only that woman would have taken the time to meet Maddy, she would have met a wonderful woman, a qualified international trade lawyer, a partner in business with my son - between them they employ many Australians.

"She is lovely and a wonderful mother, a beautiful woman and a fantastic addition to our family."

"Today, we're so glad to be sharing the Anzac legacy with our baby girl in the hopes that she never takes the peace we are so blessed with for granted," she wrote.

Mr Marx's wife, Robyn Deane, said news of the attack had brought tears to her eyes.

"What has my beloved country come to?" she asked.

"No longer are we the fair, inclusive and welcoming country.

"I fear for all our darling grandchildren growing up with this abhorrent behaviour becoming more prevalent."

Mr Marx said he had offered Maddy his total support.

"I have told Maddy that I will stand proudly beside her at the dawn service next year," he said.

dawn service next year," he said. 

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