Julian Burnside is a prominent commercial law barrister who in the 90s made his reputation representing business and prominent Australians, such as Alan Bond. In 1998, Burnside acted for the Maritime Union of Australia in the high-profile Waterfront Dispute. Since then he has been a leading human rights advocate, especially for refugees and asylum seekers.

SUNDAY  29th July 10:30  

Burnside has also acted in several major cases on behalf of Indigenous Australians. Most notably, he acted for Bruce Trevorrow, a member of the Indigenous stolen generation, who sued the South Australian Government for having removed him from his parents

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”.


Julian will talk about his work on human rights and in particular the plight of refugees in Australia and in off-shore detention.