“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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The “Drowning excuse”

In early April 2014, Scott Morrison was crowing about the fact that, for 100 days, no refugee boats had arrived in Australia. He did not mention that a number of boats had tried to get here, and that their occupants were sent back to Indonesia in orange lifeboats. The...

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The speech on dying you were prevented from hearing theage.com.au/national/the-s… via @theage

Give asylum seekers proper assessments theage.com.au/comment/the-ag… Question: Can we ever expect the Abbott government to act decently? #auspol

Is this how a civilised country responds to the Rohingya crisis? Nope nope nope abc.net.au/news/2015-05-2… via @abcthedrum

Amnesty barred from Nauru detention centre heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-… Clearest evidence that Immigration wants to hide its abuses #auspol

HENRY PARKES born 27 May 1815 - 200 years ago today #auspol

@KieraGorden @JulianBurnside Fear is all he has left. What a lack of vision. Nothing positive from this government #auspol Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Here is Australia's attitude to boat people: pbs.twimg.com/media/CF9uDxSU… #rohingya #auspol We need a genuine political Leader in this country

#qanda How can "rorting" not be understood as a criticism?

#qanda Hockey's answer about household debt v national debt would earn him Fail in economics 101