“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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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

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

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Gosh...and Australia might regain its reputation as a decent country. That would be terrible twitter.com/petroskg/statu…

Now I have had 3 replies. Funny: there are more than 3 people who snipe at my ideas about refugees twitter.com/julianburnside…

Actually, the bigots and fools have already identified themselves... twitter.com/julianburnside…

@SarahRubyWrites @BehrouzBoochani If anyone gets hurt their blood is squarely on the hands of Australian Immigratio… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

For your wisdom, dignity and compassion #Auspol says Thank you @GillianTriggs pic.twitter.com/DeCJlUmmyO Retweeted by Julian Burnside

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$15 STUDENT RUSH tix for #BORevelations tonight - limited availbility, cash only on the door. pic.twitter.com/iiwmAwfzo9 Retweeted by Julian Burnside

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They should be records of conversation twitter.com/michellegratta… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

"This government is NOT 'ideologically opposed to human rights'. Now if you'll excuse me I have to cut off the power to our refugee prison." Retweeted by Julian Burnside

We are going in the wrong direction twitter.com/alankohler/sta…

China likes its new panda-shaped solar farm so much that it plans to build 100 more reuters.com/article/us-pan… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

"Remain" welcoming! You need to read UNHCR criticism of our behaviour. And how long does the "right way" take whe… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

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