Date(s) - 25/08/2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
ON STAGE: JULIAN BURNSIDE IN CONVERSATION AND Q&A.
“A COUNTRY IS DEFINED BY THE WAY IT BEHAVES” JULIAN BURNSIDE.
“..cuts through the fear and disinformation to show the failings of Australia’s official policies towards refugees” **** SMH.
“BORDER POLITICS” follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment of refugees metered out by most Western democracies. Seventy years after the world constructed international conventions to ensure the horrors of World War II wouldn’t be repeated, Burnside finds it terrifying to see many western political leaders exploiting fears around border protection to extend political power. He questions whether the West has lost its moral compass adopting ideas that reject humanity and undermine democracy. He concludes this erosion of human rights poses a threat to the very democratic values that define Western society.
Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate, and author. He practises principally in commercial litigation, trade practices and administrative law. He is known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and has provided legal counsel in a wide variety of high-profile cases.
He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2009 for service as a human rights advocate, particularly for refugees and asylum seekers, to the arts as a patron and fundraiser, and to the law