“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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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

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

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Manus Island refugee waited 12 hours for medical evacuation before he died abc.net.au/news/2017-04-2… Blame Turnbull and Dutton for his death

How embarrassing that this guy is the leader of the free world: it is worth reading the quote in full to appreciat… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Imagine the uproar if 41 people in an Australian prison got Dengue fever... twitter.com/michaelkoziol/…

These are people we have taken to Nauru by force. We control them completely. We should at least protect them from… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

If Ethiopia hasn't been shooting protesters without justifciation, why does it refuse to allow an independent probe… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Imagine a sick mind which would falsely accuse 'those in his care' to be child-rapists to stir the hatred of our mo… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

What have YOU done to help them? twitter.com/EllisDarryl/st…

And just think: Dutton, who is cruel and dishonest, is considered leadership material by the right-wing of the Libe… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Agreed. Our immigration ministers lie so often so as to hide the way they are abusing and mistreating innocent men,… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Core Australian values include honesty. Our politicians need to be reminded, especially Dutton. theage.com.au/federal-politi…

Aus values: Don't lie. Dutton needs to be reminded of this. theage.com.au/federal-politi…


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