“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...

Abbott’s office responds to letters…

The office of Tony Abbott is responding to letters from members of the public concerning asylum-seeker policy. The replies are, apparently, prepared by a staffer.  It comes as no surprise that the replies do not deal with the key problems. One letter-writer, Gerard...

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I think Tanya's move is a move forward on #MarriageEquality the party should take the line! #qanda Retweeted by Julian Burnside

This consience thingy could be applied to refugee policy. #QandA Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Wish someone declares war on men's violence a/g women 119 Aussies killed since 1915 by terrorism 106 women murdered since 2014 #qanda Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Strange all these terror raids started when Abbott came to power. #QandA Retweeted by Julian Burnside

"I support a global non-discriminatory immigration policy" Arthur Sinodinos on #QandA snpy.tv/1dk0ThZ Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Zero tolerance for religious fundamentalism. Including Christian fundamentalism. #Qanda

@JulianBurnside Why is Alan Jones and Bolt still in a job????????????????? Retweeted by Julian Burnside

#qanda OK: McIntyre has not been jailed for saying what he thought: but he has lost his livelihood

#qanda #McIntyre defamed people who died years ago. It was in bad taste. Should we all lose our jobs for doing the same?

#QandA #MacIntyre was not tweeting in his capacity as a SBS sports reporter. Surely he can express his own views, however offensive

@JulianBurnside @ASRC1 What is happening to our beautiful country! Shame Australia!!! Retweeted by Julian Burnside