“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

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‘The Power of Good People’: Is a really good book. If you think the government is right about boat people, read the… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

‘The Power of Good People’: Great book. Get it, especially if you think the government is right about boat people.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

A former Nauru worker tells me that Border Force are indifferent to matters like this: they just say "be patient" a… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee was injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru at 7.00am today, Sat 18 Nov. He needs… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Ardern should deal directly with PNG, resettle the refugees and further shame the pariah regime in Canberra (if tha… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

The Australian gov is using US deal as a cover to waste time. They announced the deal more than a year ago but we a… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Myanmar security forces 'targeting' Rohingya children in ethnic purge: report smh.com.au/world/myanmar-… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

Erasing modern slavery is a slow process, but it catches on in Australia | Richard Ackland theguardian.com/commentisfree/… Retweeted by Julian Burnside

It is appalling that @PeterDutton_MP lies to us so often, especially on issues which bring such shame to Australia… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

But it's also absurd to limit the talent pool by excluding eg university employees. The dual citizenship saga shows… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… Retweeted by Julian Burnside


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