“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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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

Parliament and Dual Citizenship

Two Greens Senators, Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, recently quit the Senate after discovering that they held dual citizenship: Ludlam is, apparently, a citizen of New Zealand, and Waters is, apparently, a citizen of Canada.  You wouldn’t have guessed: both... read more

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

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Filibustering on assisted dying legislation by Libs and Nats overnight has been really disappointing. Some appalling behaviour. #springst Retweeted by Julian Burnside

UN told #AU "tarnished" What about criminal, illegal &downright bloody nasty! @Refugees @ASRC1 @SarahRubyWritestwitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Trump insulted the widow of a US soldier killed in Niger, & lied about it. He disgraces the office of President slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Good question. And can America survive this parody of a president? twitter.com/cathywilcox1/s…

Trump to widow of a dead soldier: "he knew what he signed up for" slate.com/blogs/the_slat… Trump is such a turd

Asylum seekers in the community must seek permission to be allowed a pet: sbs.com.au/news/article/2… What sick, crazy person thought that up?

UN says Australia must prevent looming humanitarian emergency in PNG. Time to show what sort of country we are unhcr.org/en-au/news/pre…

this is a very telling account of what @realDonaldTrump is like. It illustrates his complete lack of decency as a p… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Brilliant, and deadly accurate of Trump. He may spell the end of America's greatness: certainly its decency twitter.com/GoldingCartoon…

Frydenberg & Turnbull "Nat. Energy Guarantee". Read the explanation: no price guarantee. As usual: they win, we lose mailchi.mp/aph/c9eermogbe…

Australia has created a potential human catastrophe on Manus. It's time we took humanitarian duties seriously mailchi.mp/924575d66555/a…

Terrific exchange: worth reading, and hard to contradict twitter.com/inthehansard/s…


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