Julian's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Australia 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Melbourne, Victoria AUS

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

JULIAN BURNSIDE

Human Rights Lawyer

“No matter what job you go into, when you're at the bottom end, you're not going to be developed and noticed as an individual; you're just getting good at what you're doing.”

INTERESTS:

Law Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Experience Hard Work Opportunity

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a Cause and Belief

TAGS:

art, being prepared, degree, economics, injustice, management consultant, patience, refugee, school, training, waiting

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says of his life's work, "It's all been fun"; from minor criminal cases to arguing in the Australian Supreme Court, he's enjoyed his profession.
  • Wasn't sure what he wanted to do, went to study law at Monash University because that's what his girlfriend's brother was doing.
  • Wanted to be a management consultant so he switched to an economics degree, then someone suggested he become a barrister.
  • Believes that "if your mind is prepared, opportunities will tap you on the shoulder, and you'll recognize the right one."
  • Stresses that anyone working an entry-level job isn't necessarily going to be valued as an individual, but they're learning crucial skills.
  • Says you can't work a job for 10 minutes and wonder why you're not being taken seriously-you have to put your time in, like everyone else.
  • Especially passionate about refugees and asylum seekers because he hates to see injustice, in any form.
  • Says he had to put in years of learning how to be a good lawyer in general before he could be taken seriously as a human rights lawyer.

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