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Julian Burnside

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Julian William Kennedy Burnside

9 June 1949 (1949-06-09) (age 71)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Education Monash University
Occupation Lawyer
Known for Commercial law
1998 Australian waterfront dispute
Refugee rights
Political party Australian Greens (since 2019)

Julian William Kennedy Burnside AO QC (born 9 June 1949) 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." He unsuccessfully stood for the Division of Kooyong at the 2019 federal election as an Australian Greens candidate, but achieved the highest vote for the Greens in the seat at a federal election and allowed the party to enter into the two-party preferred vote.

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