How Does Our Use of Language Contribute to or Hinder the Building of a Just and Compassionate Society?

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Julian Burnside

An undeniably potent issue in Australia at the moment is that of the treatment of Asylum Seekers. Julian Burnside gives a fascinating 'non-political' talk about his views on the fair treatment of refugees and reflects on how our use of language shapes the society we live in and how we view the treatment of others.

Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate, and author. He is known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and has provided legal counsel in a wide array of high-profile cases.

He is passionately involved in the arts. He is Chair of Fortyfive Downstairs, a not for profit arts and performance venue in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and Chair of Chamber Music Australia.