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  • ‘Refugees are not illegal’ says Julian Burnside at Springwood luncheon

    ‘Refugees are not illegal’ says Julian Burnside at Springwood luncheon

    Prominent human rights lawyer, Julian Burnside AO QC, spoke to members of the local Blue Mountains community about his refugee advocacy work at the Royal Hotel in Springwood on Sunday 26 August 2018.
    Introducing Mr. Burnside, Ms. Doyle congratulated the BMRSG for organising the function and welcomed the ‘great honour of introducing a great man.’
    In his address, Mr. Burnside praised the Blue Mountains community for supporting refugees and also acknowledged the local families that have welcomed refugees into their homes.
    Julian Burnside said it was wrong for the Australian government to send legitimate refugees back to harm.
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  • BMRSG at RAR Wodonga Part 1

    BMRSG at RAR Wodonga Part 1

    Six members of BMRSG attended the Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) National Conference held in Wodonga in April 2018.
    One of the group Roger Grealy writes of his experiences of the conference.
    This is Part 1 of 3 articles on the wide range of speakers, workshops and great people we met.Read more

  • “Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru” by  Madeline Gleeson

    “Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru” by Madeline Gleeson

    Julian Burnside writes “On 9 May I launched OFFSHORE by Madeline Gleeson
    Madeline is a Research Associate at the wonderful Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
    It is a terrific book. Buy it; read it; ask yourself: “How did it come to this?”
    I have never launched a book which is as compelling as Offshore
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  • Closing Manus Island detention centre. Where to now?

    Closing Manus Island detention centre. Where to now?

    Read the views of Frank Brennan, Waleed Aly, Julian Burnside and Richard Ackland on the PNG High Court decision that Australia must close the detention centre on Manus Island.Read more

  • The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014)

    The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014)

    The Australian Human Rights Commission has just released their report on The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014).  This is a “must read” report for anyone interested in the rights of asylum seeker children. Click on the image on the left and follow the links to read or download this report.    Read more

  • Sydney Peace Prize 2014 – Julian Burnside

    2014 Sydney Peace Prize awarded to Julian Burnside AO QC “Boat people are not illegal;… our politicians have persuaded us to tolerate – even to reward – cruelty…” Julian Burnside’s inspiring lecture is available on line on ABC Big Ideas Listen to Julian Burnside’s interview on ABC Sunday Profile 7 November 2014Read more