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Monday Club Lunch with Julian Burnside AO QC

Monday Club with Julian Burnside AO QC

Melbourne barrister and refugee advocate

“Fear and Loathing in Canberra”:

refugees and our response to them


Date: Monday 23 November

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: Union Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

Price: $30.00

Dress: Business Attire

All Members Welcome - bring a friend or guest

Julian Burnside is a barrister based in Melbourne.  He specialises in commercial litigation.  He joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. He is a former President of Liberty Victoria, and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of refugees.

Some of the cases that Julian has acted for are the Ok Tedi natives against BHP, Alan Bond in fraud trials, Rose Porteous in numerous actions against Gina Rinehart, and for the Maritime Union of Australia in the 1998 waterfront dispute against Patrick Stevedores. In addition, he was Senior Counsel assisting the Australian Broadcasting Authority in the “Cash for Comment” inquiryand was Senior Counsel for Liberty Victoria in the Tampa litigation.

He is passionately involved in the arts and collects contemporary paintings and sculptures and regularly commissions music.  He Chairs Fortyfive Downstairs, a not for profit arts and performance venue in Flinders Lane, Melbourne and of Chamber Music Australia.  

Some of his books include essays on language and etymology,  Wordwatching(Scribe, 2004) and Watching Brief, (Scribe, 2007) a collection of his essays and speeches about the justice system and human rights, and Matilda and the Dragon a children’s book published by Allen & Unwin in 1991.  From Nothing to Zero is a compilation of letters written by asylum seekers held in Australia’s detention camps that was published in 2003 by Lonely Planet that he compiled.  

In 2004 he was elected as a Living National Treasure, made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2009 and was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

He is married to artist Kate Durham.
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