“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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Myki Officers still behaving badly

The culture of many Myki Authorised Officers continues to be appalling.  Consider this message I received recently: (On a suburban train) I was approached by a ticket inspector who asked me to show him my ticker. At the time I was reading reports from my family... read more

Boat people: Deterrents

Most Australians have trouble understanding what it means to put your life in the hands of a people smuggler, or why anyone would do it.  Try to imagine that you are a refugee: you are part of an ethnic minority in Afghanistan.  Your people have been the target of... read more

Peter Porter: a seminar

SEMINAR:  A POET’S ARCHIVE Peter Porter’s Creative Legacy The National Library is proud to be the custodian of the personal archive of poet Peter Porter. From first drafts to page proofs, from notes to correspondence, the collection reveals the life of an Australian... read more

Fact Checking Pauline Hanson

Senator Pauline Hanson must be grateful to Senator Brandis.  He declared that every one has the right to be a bigot. Pauline Hanson is a bigot, and she revels in it.  Her bigotry is accompanied by ignorance, which makes her public utterances ugly and dangerous,... read more

Islamophobia rampant

I have had an interesting exchange of correspondence with someone I have never met.  He has emailed me a number of times warning me about the dangers of Islam in Australia.  Here are our last exchanges (for obvious reasons, I have removed any identifying details):... read more

The election

The Guardian Australia today published the views of a panel on the effect of the election on various aspect of Australian life.  I was asked to contribute a bit about refugees. The whole Guardian article is here.  My bit is set out below: So far, the election result... read more

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Julian on Twitter

@JulianBurnside @chriskkenny Ask your local library for an Audio Disc of the Judgement Chris if you're having trouble with the written word. Retweeted by Julian Burnside

#qanda We just had a double dissolution election. Why didn't the gov't make same-sex marriage an election issue?

@JulianBurnside He never will. He doesn't care. I'm not sure he's human. #BringThemHere Retweeted by Julian Burnside

#qanda Peter Dutton may be watching, but he's not listening

#qanda Corinne Grant is the star of the night

#qanda Mitch Fifield says no-one wants people treated badly in detention. He's lying.

#qanda The Coalition want persecution on Nauru or Manus to look worse than persecution at home. That's how the "deterrent" works

#qanda To justify the cruelties of Nauru and Manus as saving lives at sea is a deliberate lie

#qanda Here's some free speech: Peter Dutton is in charge of a criminal operation in Nauru. Let him sue me

#qanda Here's some free speech: Peter Dutton is in charge of a criminal operation n Nauru

#qanda Mitch Fifield should be ashamed of himself for pretending that Australia is not responsible for what happens on Nauru

#qanda Good on a former teacher on Nauru for coming out to expose the wickedness of OUR mistreatment of refugees on Nauru


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