“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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Open Letter to NZ PM

An open letter to the Prime Minister of New Zealand.  Join in: to sign the letter, email here, to show your support 6 November 2017 Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister Private Bag 18888 Parliament Buildings Wellington 6160 New Zealand Dear Prime Minister Warm... read more

A Cry For Help

This touching, truthful message is from a refugee suffering on Manus. How can we be so miserable to a tiny group of people?  Our politicians have persuaded us to forget the most basic thing: These people are human beings – they need our... read more

A Message From Adam Bandt

I don’t normally pass on messages from politicians, but this one from Adam Bandt is an exception: As we bear witness to the horror that is unfolding on Manus, we cannot be bystanders. If we are silent, we are complicit. If we turn away, we are complicit. We... read more

The Latest from Manus

Here is a Facebook message from Behrouz Boochani, posted about 4 hours ago: The situation is getting worse in Manus prison camp. The bodies are getting weak and people are developing physical problems. The refugees collected some more water in rubbish bins from a big... read more

Latest News from Manus

The situation on Manus is a humanitarian disaster, entirely Australia’s fault.  Here is a message from one of the refugees on Manus, received this afternoon: “EXTERMINATION OF REFUGEES IN MRPC IS UNDER WAY ACCORDING TO THE PLAN.  People are starving and... read more

The Day of the Crazy Bigot

There is a person who emails me quite  lot.  He represents the very worst of the Australian community. He started with these suggestions: banning all Muslims from Australia supporting Pauline Hanson and Donald Trump putting all Australian Muslims in Concentration... read more

The Latest News from Manus

I have received the following report from Manus, just a couple of days ago.  As you read it, remember this is YOUR government, spending YOUR taxes, doing things to innocent human beings that would horrify most Australians. The Australian Government is trying coerce... read more

D-Day on Manus

Here is a message I received this morning from a lady who is deeply concerned for the refugees held on Manus.  I have modified it slightly.  Please read it and ask yourself: is this really what Australia does to people fleeing persecution?   People who have committed... read more

A Letter from Manus

Recently I received a letter from refugees held on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. It is signed by nearly 200 refugees, who have been held in hellish conditions on Manus for the past four years.  For obvious reasons, I have not reproduced the signatures. The letter... read more

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‘The Power of Good People’: Is a really good book. If you think the government is right about boat people, read the… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

‘The Power of Good People’: Great book. Get it, especially if you think the government is right about boat people.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

A former Nauru worker tells me that Border Force are indifferent to matters like this: they just say "be patient" a… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee was injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru at 7.00am today, Sat 18 Nov. He needs… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Ardern should deal directly with PNG, resettle the refugees and further shame the pariah regime in Canberra (if tha… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

The Australian gov is using US deal as a cover to waste time. They announced the deal more than a year ago but we a… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Myanmar security forces 'targeting' Rohingya children in ethnic purge: report smh.com.au/world/myanmar-… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Erasing modern slavery is a slow process, but it catches on in Australia | Richard Ackland theguardian.com/commentisfree/… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

It is appalling that @PeterDutton_MP lies to us so often, especially on issues which bring such shame to Australia… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

But it's also absurd to limit the talent pool by excluding eg university employees. The dual citizenship saga shows… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

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