Barrister Julian Burnside to moderate schools debate at Rural Australians for Refugees national conference at Wodonga Catholic College, April 6-8

SPECIAL GUEST: Well-known human rights and refugee advocate Julian Burnside holds a rare print ahead of a charity auction last year. The barrister will attend the Rural Australians for Refugees national conference in Albury-Wodonga.
SPECIAL GUEST: Well-known human rights and refugee advocate Julian Burnside holds a rare print ahead of a charity auction last year. The barrister will attend the Rural Australians for Refugees national conference in Albury-Wodonga.

Border teenagers will argue about the treatment of refugees in front of a prominent Australian advocate next month.

Barrister Julian Burnside will moderate a schools debate scheduled as part of the Rural Australians for Refugees national conference at Wodonga Catholic College on April 6-8.

Up to 72 students from six schools will compete in a preliminary debate tournament on March 28, with the two winning teams to compete before Mr Burnside on the second day of the conference.

The participating schools are Wodonga Senior Secondary College, The Scots School Albury, Trinity Anglican College and Xavier, Albury and Billabong High Schools.

Mr Burnside will adjudicate the topic Regarding refugees, Australia is a compassionate country.

Wodonga Senior Secondary College teacher Nicole Jasinowicz said the debate would be lively.

“There is already a very healthy competition between the school debate teams and this will really raise the bar for all the students involved,” she said.