“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 practices principally in commercial litigation, trade practises and administrative law. He is also a human rights and refugee advocate, and author. Julian stood as a candidate for the Greens in his local electorate of Kooyong in the 2019 federal election.

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A Bit About Words: Curry

[Every few months I write an article about language for the Victorian Bar News.  The piece is called A Bit About Words.  Many of the earlier articles have been published in WordWatching, (Scribe, 2004; revised and enlarged edition: Scribe 2013).  On this blog I will... read more

Protecting refugees

A lot of people have the wrong idea about refugee protection: where it comes from, what it involves, etc. Before the second World War, people facing persecution in Germany fled to any country they could reach: if they had family in other countries, that helped.  But... read more

Why People Flee for Safety

Here is a message I received from Paul Ronalds of Save The Children. It is an excellent account of what forces people to become refugees. Read it, and ask yourself what you would do to reach safety, if you were in this unhappy position? It’s hard to believe, but... read more

It’s time to write to Federal MPs

You may have seen Greg Hunt on Insiders this morning (27 May).  If not, watch it on Iview.  He simply did not answer questions about “indefinite detention”.  Coalition MPs are simply not being honest about the issue of people seeking asylum.  They won’t... read more

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