“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

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Russell Broadbent is one of VERY few Coalition or Labor politicians who are honest about our scandalous treatment o… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

A must-read on #refugees: @higginsCM new book #AsylumByBoat, described by @smh as 'rigorous and scrupulously balanc… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Isn't this the woman who wanted to run down Yasmin Abdel-Magied with her car? twitter.com/macsween_prue/… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Frida the Mexican Labrador retriever has rescued 52 people during natural disasters like the Oaxaca earthquake… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

the booting of brendan pearson from @MineralsCouncil is a significant turning point in our national energy debate -- thank @bhp leadership. Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Here’s the article. I like to think of it being read abroad. So, to be clear: Headbutting- not funny. 👎🏽 This artic… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Burma army kills Rohingya, Saudis bomb Yemenis, Duterte executes, Kabila clings to power: the big tweets of the wee… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

smh.com.au/national/sames… I don't live in Mona Vale, but I haven't got the survey envelope yet

When the words "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing" are being used, we need to help: unicef.org.au/appeals/help-r… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

The world needs to take the fate of the Rohingyas seriously twitter.com/kenroth/status…

Angela Merkel allowed one million refugees into Germany & will win the forthcoming election twitter.com/adele_ferguson… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

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