“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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On 13 February 2008, at the first sitting of the first Rudd parliament, the Government said ‘sorry’ to the stolen generations. It seemed almost too good to be true: the apology so many had waited so long to hear. And it was astonishing and uplifting to hear some of...

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Malcolm Fraser - looking back at the life of a 'big man' of Australian politics abc.net.au/news/2015-03-2… via @ABCNews

I agree: don't encourage people to self-harm; and don't drive them to it by mistreating them @DesHoughton @AndrewBoltsBlog

A 5-year old girl has tried to kill herself in Darwin rather than be sent back to Nauru. We have sunk to this abc.net.au/am/content/201…

Malcolm Fraser's Renew Australia party is a lament for the country we should have had gu.com/p/472nn/stw

It is time for Labor to expose the truth: boat people are not "illegal", then it will deserve to govern pic.twitter.com/XxzYLQIEPW

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Don't be deceived by people who justify cruelty to boat people by saying they are concerned about people drowning. pic.twitter.com/pNn3XTDenV

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@JulianBurnside Abbott - millions on anti-terrorism, pennies on Domestic Violence (the substantially larger problem). Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Gov't had Moss Review from 6 Feb, while it attacked #Triggs. But Moss Review supports #Triggs findings. Looks like hypocrisy

Crimes Against Humanity: see the Australian provisions. Section 268.12 seems to fit our detention of boat people pic.twitter.com/EWfd2pJfik

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Shocking. We can no longer stand by and watch the abuse. It's time to act. Inside the hell of Nauru by @SatPaper satpa.pe/1CsxD1t Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Vale, Malcolm Fraser - a PM whose leadership on human rights, race & multiculturalism remind us what Australia can be when it is at its best Retweeted by Julian Burnside