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Josh Bornstein

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Josh Bornstein is an Australian lawyer specialising in employment and labour relations law who has acted in several high profile legal matters.[1] He is a member of the Board of economic think tank, Per Capita and the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne. He is also head of Industrial Relations at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, is deputy Chair of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.[2][3] He is President of Tzedek.org, an advocacy organisation for victims of child sexual abuse within the Jewish community in Australia. Bornstein regularly represents women who have been subject to bullying or sexual harassment in the workplace. In 2021, Bornstein ran for preselection to represent the Australian Labor Party. Bornstein withdrew from the nomination following an article by The Australian, after it was revealed he had referred to Chris Bowen as a "muppet".[4] Bornstein is said to be considering a second attempt at running for the senate.[5]

He is ranked as Victoria's top employment lawyer by Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2013 edition.

Cases in which Bornstein has been involved include[edit]

He has publicly campaigned for the introduction of a national workplace bullying law[10] and for a Royal Commission to be established into institutional child sexual abuse.


  1. ^ Hill, Jess (29 November 2021). The Reckoning: Quarterly Essay 84. Black Inc. ISBN 978-1-74382-172-5.
  2. ^ Top Industrial Relations lawyer says Australian system is broken, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 4 September 2018, retrieved 24 September 2018
  3. ^ "Josh Bornstein". Q+A. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  4. ^ Sakkal, Paul (11 April 2021). "Josh Bornstein abandons run for Kim Carr's safe Labor spot in Senate". The Age. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  5. ^ Hall, Bianca (4 February 2022). "High-profile lawyer Bornstein weighs renewed tilt at Senate seat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  6. ^ "Women who were sexually harassed by former Victorian judge receive settlement". the Guardian. 20 December 2022. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  7. ^ "A new waterfront view". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  8. ^ Paton, Al (23 June 2014). "Essendon lawyers lodge application for court injunction to stop ASADA investigation". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  9. ^ Cherny, Daniel (26 June 2014). "Pharmacist suspects Stephen Dank forged his signature on peptide letter". The Age. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Lawyer calls for national laws against bullying". www.lawyersweekly.com.au. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2022.