“All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.” – James Thurber

About Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister who practises principally in commercial litigation, trade practices and administrative law. He is also a human rights and refugee advocate, and author.

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Haitch or Aitch?

There is an interesting discussion on the ABC about the correct way to pronounce the name of “H”,  the 8th letter of the English alphabet.  It is a long-running debate.  I recall that, as a child, I was told firmly that I should say ” aitch”... read more

Border Force

Paul Stevenson has been sacked for speaking about conditions in offshore detention.  Among other things, he said conditions in the camps were “demoralising … and desperate. … It’s indeterminate, it’s under terrible, terrible conditions, and there is nothing you... read more

Befriend a child in detention

Befriend a Child in Detention, a project established by writer and educator, Dr June Factor, calls on political candidates to bring to Australia from Nauru the more than 100 children still living there in dire, detention-like conditions, and to process the claims of... read more

Why you should care

Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers who arrive here by boat has a few distinctive and disfiguring features: It is based on dishonesty and hypocrisy; It is intentionally cruel; It is absurdly expensive; It is not in keeping with our national character, which is why... read more

Schrödinger’s Refugees

Recently, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said that “They won’t be numerate or literate … They would languish on unemployment … These people will be taking Australian jobs.” (The Sydney Morning Herald, May 18 2016).  He said this in an... read more

Update from Manus

Delta Compound: recommended capacity by Red Cross: 225. Current reality: 255 and increasing as more Positive outcomes are handed down. Oscar Compound: 270 refugees using a total of 6 washing machines , 6 dryers, 16 toilets, 20 showers. Water bottles are used for... read more

Norfolk Island

Natasha Blucher got a lot of stick recently about a proposal she authored ages ago.  It dealt with the idea of using Norfolk Island instead of Nauru or Manus, on the footing that it would be available (in principle) to the Australian government, and would not be as... read more

News from Nauru

A colleague sent this recent message from Nauru.  The writer is not politically active at all.   We should all be grateful that there are people like this who are willing to report accurately, neutrally in such circumstances. But in addition we need to remember that... read more

A blunt assessment

A colleague just sent me a blunt assessment of where we have got to with our warehousing of asylum seekers.  It’s hard to disagree with any of this, but it is important to add that asylum seekers are NOT “illegal”: that’s just a political lie. ... read more

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Leyonhjelm takes on the Chaser team and loses the contest and his credibility as a free speech advocate theaustralian.com.au/opinion/federa…

Political slogan generator: make your own three-word catchphrase gu.com/p/4n7f8/stw What A Ripper: now we see how they do it

George Brandis is trying to corrupt democracy & age-old legal doctrines & supplant them with his own warped vision independentaustralia.net/politics/polit…

PM Malcolm Turnbull will not support voluntary euthanasia laws ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/turn… Just one more reason not to vote for the Libs

'Can you do more?': US calls for Australia to increase refugee intake abc.net.au/news/2016-06-3… via @ABCNews

Received wisdom here now is 2 Labour candidates have 50 names to challenge Corbyn, being urged to hold off declaring in hope he quits Retweeted by Julian Burnside

@vanbadham I have lived US healthcare as well. My C section cost around 90 thousand. Your friend is spot on Retweeted by Julian Burnside

My friend Nick lives in the US & has written this to #ausvotes to warn about potential futures. Please share. pic.twitter.com/4vq9u1LjAD Retweeted by Julian Burnside

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Kelly O'Dwyer can close a much of Twitter as she wants, Jason Ball still looks like the best candidate for Higgins twitter.com/smh/status/746… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

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