“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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Is it detention or jail?

I received an email today from a person who is held in immigration detention.  The email read, in part: We are told over and over again, from the moment we arrive that this is not a jail or prison and the Serco personnel are not guards. At 7:45 this morning I was... read more

PNG Navy shoots refugees on Manus

Here is a very powerful message I received by email from an Australian citizen:  … This is beyond the pale. My husband, [xxx], used to bleakly joke about how Australia’s Immigration Department really just should shoot all the boat people and get it over... read more

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

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BREAKING Fines for red-light and speed cameras suspended across Victoria ow.ly/uSdk30cRbSM pic.twitter.com/afINSNTBzA Retweeted by Julian Burnside

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Fed Square, Refugee Council Winter Solstice Celebration, good fun so far. Singers (not me) and speakers (including me). Come if you can

Opinion: We catalogued nearly every outright lie Donald Trump has told publicly since taking the oath of office nyti.ms/2t4om2x Retweeted by Julian Burnside

No. Education is an investment in the future of the country. If the well-educated become the rulers, that's OK: bet… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

For Tony Abbott: A guide to generosity for the morally bankrupt independentaustralia.net/australia/aust… @IndependentAus

Wow. This is incredible... and terrible twitter.com/nbcsandiego/st…

I think his parody of Trump was meant to be taken literally twitter.com/vanonselenp/st…

The Libs talk about freedom and dignity of the individual; and a fair go for those in need. But their behaviour sho… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

.@LiberalAus criminals who got away scot-free; Ley B Bishop Brough Tudge Hunt Sukkar Roberts Credlin Sinodinos #auspol Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Deep support for a US Carbon tax. Exxon, Hawking, greens & Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax | Dana Nuccitelli theguardian.com/environment/cl… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

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