“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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Wilson Parking: hopeless

What sort of operation is Wilson Parking running?  How hard can it be to run a  car park?  Apparently it is much to hard for the geniuses who run Wilson Parking. For almost a decade I have had a permanent car park at a site run by Wilson Parking.  In February 2017,... read more

Climate Change

Climate change denial is on the rise, encouraged no doubt by the example of that great intellectual President Donald Trump.  That other intellectual giant Andrew Bolt had a crack at me recently for what I thought was the modest suggestion that we need to listen to... read more

George Brandis QC A-G

Q&A on Monday 20 February 2017 included Attorney-General George Brandis QC. Brandis showed rather unhappy aspects of himself, as he sought to justify enormous and extravagant expense allowances for Federal parliamentarians while justifying the meanness of NDIS... read more

The Apology, 9 years on

On 13 February 2008, Kevin Rudd apologised to the stolen generations.  It was not great rhetoric, but it was a fine moment, because (for once) we heard a Federal Politician who sounded sincere. 9 years later, here is a message from Liberty Victoria: Yesterday marked... read more

The dodgy US refugee deal

When the agreement with the US was announced, the details were so meagre that it was hard to place much reliance on it. Then Donald Trump was elected President of the USA and the deal looked even more speculative. But now the realities of it are becoming apparent: it... read more

Climate change

I gave a speech for 350.org.au just recently.  Here is the substance of what I said. And before you read it (because it’s a bit depressing) cheer yourself up with First Dog on The Moon’s recent excoriation of our “Leader” Malcolm Turnbull on... read more

More on anti-Islamic rants

As mentioned before, a person who lives in Australia emails me regularly (at least a couple of times a week) ranting about Muslims.  Most of what follows was written in 2016.  At the end I have updated it in response to his emails of the past few weeks.  He is clearly... read more

Dishonest Dutton: at it again

The following news item appeared in The Australian on 21 November 2016, under the caption ‘I won’t be bullied’ (if you follow the link, you have to scroll down for the piece): Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has crossed swords with Bill Shorten in a fiery question... read more

Big Deal

Australia has announced an agreement with the US in relation to refugees presently held on Nauru and Manus.  In announcing the agreement, Prime Minister Turnbull and Immigration Minister Dutton were careful to avoid giving any significant detail of the arrangement. ... read more

News from Manus

I have just received another report from Manus.  Here it is, in edited form to preserve the anonymity of people involved: “In addition to declining mental health-we had an attempted suicide by hanging in October-a number of refugees suffering from serious... read more

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Republican plan to kill ObamaCare collapses. Massive smack down for @realDonaldTrump More when Trump's criminal activities are disclosed

.@Emirates Don't refoule Saeed. He is in deadly danger. Don't help @PeterDutton_MP destroy innocent people. #Australia #Torture #auspol Retweeted by Julian Burnside

It's sad you think that way. Acting decently probably reduces the risk of people wanting to harm us twitter.com/rkh10624/statu…

Next Tuesday. Why people leave home and seek asylum. What would YOU do? hrlc.org.au/events-list/20…

Why people seek asylum. Go to this event and find out: hrlc.org.au/events-list/20…

This is worth reading carefully: it speaks of what "happened " in 2018 !! Looks like fake news (By the way, I don't… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

So the party room cheered and clapped when they decided to destroy racial discrimination laws. Judge them by what they do #auspol Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Global refugee issue is "the challenge of our time", says @Peterhac. Hear us discuss with him, @alissaeverett,… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Drug cartels to Trump: We love your plan to cut health care and with it drug treatment programs. Pushes up demand.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

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