“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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By your statements and your conduct you show disrespect for the Country you lead twitter.com/realdonaldtrum…

#Auspol Kerry and I #VoteYes for #MarriageEquality today. Together we can build a more compassionate society #qanda pic.twitter.com/5se77JMg5X Retweeted by Julian Burnside

No hatred, BUT God hates your marriage #qanda Retweeted by Julian Burnside

‘I love you but you can’t get married’ #QandA Retweeted by Julian Burnside

No it’s not. Not in Australia at least. And Art. 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says everyone has… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

You are not only wrong, you are lying. I did not “concede your view” twitter.com/aus_danielnell…

You are wrong. If you say I agreed with your view, you are lying twitter.com/aus_danielnell…

Same people who call themselves X'tian but wilfully ignore basic principle of X'tianity: Do unto others as you woul… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

TaylorMac loved having Kate Durham on stage on Friday night pic.twitter.com/fRD6a0VrZU

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Kate Durham on stage with TaylorMac last Friday night pic.twitter.com/HxMYOseoue

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@JulianBurnside I've never heard a single Aussie Muslim from the many I know express any hint of wanting to change… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

The people who rant against Muslims are just like the people who ranted against Jews. Same ignorant bigotry recycled twitter.com/polijunkie_aus…

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