Border Politics: Documentary examines harsh treatment of refugees

BORDER POLITICS: Human rights barrister Julian Burnside at the American Immigrant Wall of Honour at Ellis Island in New York. Photo: SUPPLIED.
BORDER POLITICS: Human rights barrister Julian Burnside at the American Immigrant Wall of Honour at Ellis Island in New York. Photo: SUPPLIED.

A documentary to be screened at Odeon 5 Cinema at 6.30pm on Wednesday will follow human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he crosses the globe examining the treatment of refugees by Western democracies.

Border Politics will look at the threat to human rights, the loss of democratic values and the increasingly heartless treatment of “the other”.

Mr Burnside is concerned with the treatment of people who attempt to arrive in Australia uninvited and the use of the “illegal” tag.

“We have a system where we are deliberately mistreating people, I think it’s a terrible indictment of our politicians,” he said.

Following metropolitan success Mr Burnside welcomed the decision to screen Border Politics in Orange.

“I think it’s terrific I think country Australians have been much much better than the rest of us, country people seem to understand how to deal with other people,” Mr Burnside said. 

Human rights barrister Julian Burnside. Photo: SUPPLIED

Human rights barrister Julian Burnside. Photo: SUPPLIED

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