On this Policy Forum Pod, we talk to Julian Burnside about Australia’s role in the establishment of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and why there’s so much hostility in the rhetoric surrounding refugees and asylum seekers.

Despite international criticism, asylum seekers and refugees have been labelled as ‘illegals’, and painted as threats to Australia’s security. On this very special Policy Forum Pod, we talk to Julian Burnside AO QC about why politicians seem to be so unwilling to engage in honest discussions about refugees, and what lessons we can draw from history to change public attitudes and refocus on the value of human rights.

Pod presenters Sharon Bessell and Julia Ahrens also discuss Donald Trump’s support for Turkey, Germany’s plans to introduce higher taxes on flight tickets and look at some of your comments and suggestions for future episodes of Policy Forum Pod.

Julian Burnside is an Australian barrister. He is also a human rights and refugee advocate, and author. Julian stood as a candidate for the Greens in his local electorate of Kooyong in the 2019 federal election.

Sharon Bessell is a Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, where she is co-leader of the ANU Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) team. The IDM is a new, gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty.

Julia Ahrens is a presenter on Policy Forum Pod.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Trump’s tweets on Turkey

Germany increases plane ticket prices

Tampa affair

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Manus Island

Lawless World: Making and Breaking Global Rules (book by Philippe Sands)

East West Street (book by Philippe Sands) 

Shaun Hann’s on ‘man on Nauru’ 

Can science diplomacy with non-liberal countries be justified?

Democracy Sausage podcast: The next generation

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