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Brisbane commuter stands up to bus racist but 'let down' by other passengers

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A Brisbane woman who stood up to an aggressive racist bully on a city bus is saddened more passengers didn't call him out on his behaviour.

Kylie Reid was commuting home from Chermside on the 333 bus on Tuesday afternoon when she overheard a man seated in front of her making offensive remarks to another woman, including “go back to your own f---ing country”.

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Brisbane bus commuter Kylie Reid says she did the right thing in defending an Indian woman against an abusive passenger but is "disgusted" that "no one else stood up".

“I told him that I didn't want to hear his swearing and racism and that his behaviour was completely inappropriate,” the 26-year-old said.

“He started raving on about how he was an 'Aussie native' and challenged my 'Aussie blood'. I said Aussie or not, he didn't represent Australian attitudes.”

Ms Reid said the man – who was aged between 25 and 35 and accompanied by a woman and two small children – turned his attack on her, making derogatory remarks about her appearance.

She said she was shocked by the abuse, but saddened that on the nearly full bus, only one other woman on the bus vocally backed her up.


The driver stopped the bus around Wavell Heights to ask what was happening, and when Ms Reid told him, he asked them both to be quiet or he would call the police.

Ms Reid said while she stopped, the man kept muttering until she got off at her Windsor bus stop, letting the driver know the man was still making comments.

“When I left the bus, a passenger who left with me asked if I was all right, and I burst into tears,” she said.

Ms Reid said with just days until Australia Day, she was frustrated that more people didn't stand up against the man's racism.

“I have been let down so many times by the public who say 'Sure, I would have stood up to them', but then when incidents actually happen no one does anything,” she said.

“And then they have the nerve to watch videos or read stories about racism and bullying and ask 'Why didn't anyone do something?'”

I said Aussie or not, he didn't represent Australian attitudes

Ms Reid said she was heartened to receive support after sharing her story on Facebook.

“Anything that helps spread the message that this kind of behaviour is not OK, and anything that might help inspire other people to stand up,” she said.

Brisbane City Council and Queensland Police have been approached for comment.