“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 dodgy US refugee deal

When the agreement with the US was announced, the details were so meagre that it was hard to place much reliance on it. Then Donald Trump was elected President of the USA and the deal looked even more speculative. But now the realities of it are becoming apparent: it... read more

Climate change

I gave a speech for 350.org.au just recently.  Here is the substance of what I said. And before you read it (because it’s a bit depressing) cheer yourself up with First Dog on The Moon’s recent excoriation of our “Leader” Malcolm Turnbull on... read more

More on anti-Islamic rants

As mentioned before, a person who lives in Australia emails me regularly (at least a couple of times a week) ranting about Muslims. He is clearly having an unhappy, insecure life.  Some part of me feels sorry for him.  But my pity for him is dimmed when he advocates:... read more

Dishonest Dutton: at it again

The following news item appeared in The Australian on 21 November 2016, under the caption ‘I won’t be bullied’ (if you follow the link, you have to scroll down for the piece): Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has crossed swords with Bill Shorten in a fiery question... read more

Big Deal

Australia has announced an agreement with the US in relation to refugees presently held on Nauru and Manus.  In announcing the agreement, Prime Minister Turnbull and Immigration Minister Dutton were careful to avoid giving any significant detail of the arrangement. ... read more

News from Manus

I have just received another report from Manus.  Here it is, in edited form to preserve the anonymity of people involved: “In addition to declining mental health-we had an attempted suicide by hanging in October-a number of refugees suffering from serious... read more

Oppose Lifetime Visa Ban

Here is my submission to the Senate enquiry on the MIGRATION Legislation AMENDMENT (Regional processing cohort) BILL 2016 The Bill relevantly inserts sub-section 46A(2AA) The effect of that provision is to “prevent unauthorised maritime arrivals (UMAs) who were at... read more

Anti-Islamic rants

A person who lives in Australia emails me regularly (at least a couple of times a week) ranting about Muslims. He is clearly having an unhappy, insecure life.  Some part of me feels sorry for him.  But my pity for him is dimmed when he advocates: banning all Muslims... read more

A Grim Report from MITA

Melbourne Immigration Transit Accomodation at Broadmeadows (MITA) was the scene of another degrading episode. Border Force was living down to its reputation if thereport is even partly true.  (Note: since this was first posted, the story was covered on 7 November 2016... read more

More news from Manus

A colleague has recently given me an update about things on Manus.  Note in particular that Australia is not the attraction: they just want safety and certainty.  Instead we mistreat them and grind them into despair.  We are crushing them.  Is this really what we want... read more

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Gross stupidity or gross corruption? LNP, Transfield, Shepherd. They must think we are complete mugs twitter.com/Talaolp/status…

Never thought I would retweet LNP, but this captures their hypocrisy. Or is it just dishonesty? #AllowanceRorts twitter.com/liberalaus/sta…

That is the most astonishing generalisation I have ever read. Is David Irving having a nervous breakdown? twitter.com/bryanappleyard…

Sussan Ley quits. Turnbull outlines expenses reform theguardian.com/australia-news… Good minister, but part of a corrupt government. More will go

How good of her to get $1.8 billion from gov't then sells a Gold Coast apartment to Sussan Ley on a "gov't trip" twitter.com/markdistef/sta…

Actually, if you work in Australia's refugee detention system it is a criminal offence to report child abuse (truly) twitter.com/anxusme/status…

Russo, who hosted Sussan Ley at her NYE parties, has won $1.8 BILLION in government work over the decade buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

How shameful: Russo-Sussan Ley-Cormann: rorting MP allowances twitter.com/markdistef/sta…

Why? Because they can. Most of our politicians are a disgrace: prefer their own interests to those of the country twitter.com/ashghebranious…

Would you say that all Catholics are guilty for not turning in priests who sexually abused young boys? twitter.com/pjrbosley/stat…

I think the point is that Trump has already shown he has no moral compass. He's a typical narcissist twitter.com/bleakleys/stat…

Wrong. You're saying that everyone in a group deserves punishment if some on the fringe of the group behave badly twitter.com/vladesch/statu…


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