“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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Coffee, croissants and crusades

12 September 1683 is the date on which the Ottoman siege of Vienna ended. In 1683, Vienna was struggling to survive a siege by the Ottoman Turks.  A Pole named Kolscitzky, who was learned in Turkish, came to their rescue.  He escaped through enemy lines to reach the... read more

Myki Officers still behaving badly

The culture of many Myki Authorised Officers continues to be appalling.  Consider this message I received recently: (On a suburban train) I was approached by a ticket inspector who asked me to show him my ticker. At the time I was reading reports from my family... read more

Boat people: Deterrents

Most Australians have trouble understanding what it means to put your life in the hands of a people smuggler, or why anyone would do it.  Try to imagine that you are a refugee: you are part of an ethnic minority in Afghanistan.  Your people have been the target of... read more

Peter Porter: a seminar

SEMINAR:  A POET’S ARCHIVE Peter Porter’s Creative Legacy The National Library is proud to be the custodian of the personal archive of poet Peter Porter. From first drafts to page proofs, from notes to correspondence, the collection reveals the life of an Australian... read more

Fact Checking Pauline Hanson

Senator Pauline Hanson must be grateful to Senator Brandis.  He declared that every one has the right to be a bigot. Pauline Hanson is a bigot, and she revels in it.  Her bigotry is accompanied by ignorance, which makes her public utterances ugly and dangerous,... read more

Islamophobia rampant

I have had an interesting exchange of correspondence with someone I have never met.  He has emailed me a number of times warning me about the dangers of Islam in Australia.  Here are our last exchanges (for obvious reasons, I have removed any identifying details):... read more

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UK confiscates the passport of a Syrian opposition activist at the request of the Assad government.… twitter.com/i/web/status/7… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

UN Refugee Summit NY: Turnbull breaks the commitments we have given independentaustralia.net/politics/polit… Why am I not surprised?

A short list of modern heroes: Eleanor Roosevelt Angela Merkel Nelson Mandela Barack Obama They made the world better. There's room for more

This is the picture the anti-SSM activists don't want you to see... My @smh cartoon. pic.twitter.com/vIbCr6Lw9O Retweeted by Julian Burnside

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#RegionsMatter @JulianBurnside has referenced smart policy in this regard. twitter.com/JoshFergeus/st… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

COMMENT: A quick lesson on how to make kids feel like outsiders @tonyowright ow.ly/a8Qw304iokJ Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Packed room learning how to speak effectively about people seeking asylum. Read: asrc.org.au/resources/word… #RightTrack pic.twitter.com/W0p7IAUCfU Retweeted by Julian Burnside

An international refugee crisis is the ultimate test of a just nation - and Australia is failing. @JulianBurnside @ASRC1 #bringthemhere Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Bigoted comments like that give this country a bad name. I hope you aren't Christian: Christianity would disapprove twitter.com/jweismonger/st…

Really? That's strange, because the Bible was written before Islam existed: so it's surprising it commented on them. twitter.com/hughiegirl/sta…

I can understand Costa Rica's problem, and we spend $billions each year holding 2000 people on Manus & Nauru... twitter.com/gzuleika1212/s…

I don't know how you behave, but if you call Muslims (or any group) "insects" you are a person to be avoided twitter.com/jweismonger/st…

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