Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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Julian Burnside AO, QC

Booked out
Tuesday 29 April 2014, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join leading barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside AO, QC as he interrogates Australia’s asylum seeker response.

'Australia’s response to the arrival of a small number of asylum seekers has been very hostile, and is now showing signs of panic. We have, in a practical sense, placed ourselves on a war footing to repel frightened, defenceless people. But why? What are we running from, and to, and why?' - Julian Burnside AO, QC.

Talk 30 mins, followed by Q&A with Jill Singer.

Big ideas under the dome is a thought-provoking lecture series that brings to Melbourne great minds in the arts, culture, social justice and science to discuss, debate and reflect on the big ideas and issues of our time, and you're invited to take part.