Racist rant on Newcastle intercity train

Police seek witnesses to woman’s racist Newcastle train tirade

A still from video of the woman’s tirade on the Newcastle-bound train.

UPDATE: POLICE will prosecute Sue Wilkins, the woman who has apologised for a racist rant on a Newcastle-bound train.

Ms Wilkins has said she will seek counselling over her diatribe, which has received widespread attention on social media.

UPDATE: The woman in the video has reportedly apologised, according to a ninemsn report, saying “it’s not nice what I did to that lady”.

“It wasn’t nice to say that to her because it’s not nice when people say that to me … call me white trash and fatso,” she said.

“I know how it hurts and I shouldn’t be saying it to other people.”

“I had a rotten day, I’ve been chasing work for quite some time now. It’s awful what I said to that woman, I do agree,” Ms Wilkins said.

“There’s no excuse to rant at people like that.”

“It’s awful and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, regardless of any race.”

Earlier report

“CAN’T you get an Aussie girlfriend? You had to get a gook,” this was just part of a shameful and racist tirade delivered by a woman riding on a train bound for Newcastle.

The woman, who appears to be in her 50’s, was upset because other passengers would not give up their seat for her.

The woman first takes aim at a man who is understood to be sitting next to an Asian woman.

“Look at the bogan, he has got a gook.”

Gook is a derogatory term referring to Asians which came to use during the Vietnam War.

Her abuse then shifts to the woman.

“Why did you come to this country? This is our country.”

The woman then attempts to imitate the passenger’s accent.

Watch the tirade in full below:




Ranter gave false name

20 thoughts on “Racist rant on Newcastle intercity train

  1. This woman is outrageous. Uneducated and lacking any social etiquette, she gives a bad name to the vast majority of Australians who love and cherish our Asian neighbours. I apologise to this poor lady- what a horrific ordeal you had to endure.

    • Agree, I couldn’t have said it better. This behaviour is disgusting! I feel so sorry for anyone who’s gone through this sort of injustice. It’s so hurtful & hateful that it’s even too harsh to watch without cringing. Almost brought me to tears thinking of the poor woman being slain against, and the children clearly distressed in the background. I’d have got involved and gone to the woman’s aid…even if only to prove that not everyone thinks in such ways.

  2. It’s making less and less sense everyday, she said she was visiting her husband in Sydney who was at a home (this is why she was on a train) and she was angry at a nurse there, she also says she had just come back from the Netherlands where she just got scammed out of $100,000.

    Me thinks she is telling a few untruths.

    • Yes, I saw this article which she provided a different story:

      Now having a husband and being duped by a online dating scam are in no way contradictory (Not just single ladies are lonely easy targets), but I think it’s interesting that her initial response has changed quite a bit as to whether she should apologise.

      “She said she wanted to offer a “public apology” but added: “I was called white trash earlier in the week so I know it’s not nice. But it’s only names. It’s not like I’m murdering anyone.””

      So, in her bizarre logic, it’s bad when people call her white trash, so she knows it’s wrong. But when she says incredibly hateful things to other people, they’re just names, and people shouldn’t feel so hurt.

      Seriously, my feminist friends who provide the foot stomp metaphor are really appropriate.
      If you are stepping on my foot, you need to get off my foot and apologise.
      If you did not mean to step on my foot, you need to get off my foot and apologise.
      If you had a bad day before you stepped on my foot, you need to get off my foot and apologise.
      If someone else has stepped on your foot before, you need to get off my foot and apologise.
      If you don’t think having your foot stepped on hurts that much, well firstly, it’s my foot so I can tell you it does, and secondly you need to get off my foot and apologise.

      No clarifications. No excuses. Just get off my foot and apologise. Pretty simple.

  3. One presumes she was merely exercising her “right to be a bigot” having been egged on by Brandis and pretty much the entire Liberal Party.

  4. Her comments are so telling about what a complete ignorant imbecile she is:

    ““Everyone’s playing the race card. It wasn’t purely the Asian lady. It was Australians too. It was basically anybody that looked at me they were a target,” she said.
    “It was a combination of things. It was just frustration. I’ve been trying to get a job for over a year and I had my hopes pinned on this one job.
    “I made a comment to the mother about her children sitting on the seats and she totally disagreed. I thought it was a horrid example to set for these children. I found it mind-numbing that everyone was agreeing with her.
    “Then everything escalated and the guys started filming me.””

    She makes more and more excuses trying to defend her disgusting behaviour and comments but never really apologising. Keeps trying to make herself the victim and play it all down like it was no big deal. She really doesn’t get it.

    She finds it mind-numbing that a woman wouldn’t want her young children to stand on a very crowded train – but doesn’t realise her own abusive behaviour toward anyone who got in her way wasn’t just as ‘mind-numbing’ when no-one was agreeing with her. Um. OK.

    Honestly she sounds like a complete and utter narcissist.

    You don’t just go attacking anyone who looks at you because you’ve had a rough time. What a sad excuse for a mature aged adult woman. I’ve known 5 year olds with a better grasp on their emotions.

    • It’s worth noting that according to the mother of the children, this was the “comment to the mother about her children sitting on the seats” that the mother and the train totally disagreed with:

      ‘get your f…ing bogan children off the seat’,’

      Followed by

      ‘there are people here that need to sit down, I want to sit down’.

      ‘‘screaming the f-word in my son’s face 10 times. She said ‘you need to learn this word kid’.’’

      The woman was somehow surprised that the entire train supported the mother when she’s acting like this?
      Jeez louise, it’s fair enough to ask for children to give a chair up on a crowded train for you, but there’s ways to do it politely, even angrily that would result in better reactions than this.

      Source: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/train-racist-targeted-kids-get-your-fing-bogan-children-off-the-seat-20140704-zsvee.html#ixzz36Sg7AE10

  5. According to some comments I have seen on articles about her – she is actually known by a few regular commuters on that route – as having done this kind of thing before. This is just the first time it got filmed and reported. Isn’t that disturbing.

  6. the racist shit she said is horrible, but isn’t anyone concerned that she absolutely terrified a couple of children? i mean seriously, who the hell talks to children that way? i think she’s a danger to society in more ways than one.

    • Their mum seems sensible and she will probably take the occasion to explain to them that some supposedly grown-up people are sometimes nasty bullies and that racism is wrong. They need to know that.

      As long as kids have a parent or other supportive person nearby they are surprisingly resilient when they are unfortunate enough to witness violence or bad behaviour. It is wrong to keep kids wrapped in cotton wool.

  7. er..okay…that sounds a bit perverse to be honest. it sounds like you’re saying it’s perfectly fine that they were randomly attacked by some freak so long as it ended in some kind of opportunity to learn about life. you can learn about life without needing to be threatened. and one was fairly small i think, 4 or something like that.and no, “cotton wooling” them would be not taking them on the train at all and driving them around everywhere – not exposing them to violence and aggression for no real reason.

    • She abused the kids for not vacating their seats then turned around and started racially abusing the young Asian girl and the guy she was sitting with.

      So where does it say we are “perfectly fine” with kids being verbally abused?

      Not sure if there is even an offence in the criminal laws which covers that occurrence specifically. This one may.


      The mother no doubt has been interviewed by police as a witness and may appear in court. She would have been made aware of any options she can pursue on behalf of the children.

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