“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

Human Rights & Social Justice

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Art, music and theatre

Asylum Seekers

Julian on Twitter

This is urgent. @TurnbullMalcolm and @PeterDutton_MP : Please act now. If it happens, you won't be able to say yo… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

This is fantastic: read it in full: in these bleak times, we all need satire twitter.com/scottludlam/st…

Impassioned and correctly placed ... twitter.com/GuardianAus/st… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Actually the High Court in the Mabo case (1992) considered them owners twitter.com/aspiemark/stat…

No. The fact that the PNG deal is legal does not make it morally acceptable. If you have a problem with that, just… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

@JulianBurnside @PeterDutton_MP sums up the LNP government, too scared to clap Brandis when he challenges Pauline H… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Are you saying that @TurnbullMalcolm & @PeterDutton_MP are doing things which are not consistent with Australian v… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

I'm no fan of Senator Brandis, but good on him for criticising @PaulineHansonOz for her disgraceful conduct twitter.com/katiemouse71/s…

Another example that @PeterDutton_MP will trample the rule of law if he gets the chance. And like all bullies he s… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Really enjoyed Tom Ballard's show "Problematic" at the Edinburgh Fringe tonight. Brilliant!

I don't think they feel any better when we brutalise people who are trying to escape terrorism and extremism. What… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Really looking forward to seeing Tom Ballard's show "Problematic" at the Edinburgh Fringe tonight


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