Barrister, human rights activist, supporter of the arts
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.
The closure of the Manus Island 'Regional Processing Centre' should be cause for celebration. But it's not.
The UNHCR said Peter Duttons' decision is "contrary...to common decency". It is unusual for an international body to be so plain in its criticism.
25/07/2017 11:03 AM AEST
The big surprise was when we got to refugee policy.
21/02/2017 4:22 PM AEDT
Without those questions being answered, it is impossible to know whether this is a welcome development or an exercise in cynicism.
14/11/2016 9:48 AM AEDT
It is the great lie on which John Howard, Philip Ruddock, Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton have built their political popularity. But it is still a lie.
28/04/2016 11:57 AM AEST
A number of doctors have said plainly that detention on Nauru constituted child abuse. No-one familiar with the basics of the system could disagree. Turnbull had a choice: he could deliberately, knowingly send children to a situation amounting to child abuse, or he could begin to recast Australia's shameful refugee detention system.
04/02/2016 4:04 PM AEDT
The question all Australians should ask is this: What sort of country are we? Are we selfish or are we generous? Are we willing to mistreat terrified human beings who have the courage, and the initiative, to escape to safety?
07/09/2015 2:21 PM AEST