Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
Honorary Professor

Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney

LL.B. (First Class Honours), University of Adelaide

Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of South Australia 

Barrister, Supreme Court of New South Wales

Hon LL.D. (University of New South Wales)

Law & Justice
Law School Manager

 

Julian Disney has been an Honorary Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales since 2016. He was previously a Professor and Director of the Social Justice Project in the Law Faculty from 2000-2015, and the Professor of Public Law and Director of the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University from 1995-97. Other past appointments include NSW Law Reform Commissioner (full-time1976-82, part-time 1982-85); Coordinator of the NSW Welfare Rights Centre (1983-90); President, Australian Council of Social Service (1985-89); World President, International Council on Social Welfare (1996-2000); and Chair, Australian Press Council, 2009-14. 

He has chaired official government inquiries into affordable housing, assistance for disadvantaged jobseekers, and the national Job Network scheme. He has been a member of a number of Commonwealth Government advisory committees, including the Economic Planning and Advisory Council, Australian Language and Literacy Council, National Board of Employment, Education and Training, Social Security Advisory Council, Administrative Review Council, Superannuation Advisory Council and Housing Access Council. He has also been a member of several Australian Government delegations to overseas conferences.  

Julian Disney chaired the National Affordable Housing Summit group (a coalition of industry, union and community organisations) from 2004-2011. He also chaired the National Community Tax Forum (a coalition of welfare, union and consumer groups), the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Board of the NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman. He established the National Anti-Poverty Week in 2002 and was the National Chair from then until 2018. He has been a member for more than ten years of the Board of Governors (and its successor, the Leadership Council) of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia. He has also been engaged as a consultant by a number of Commonwealth and State ministers, business organisations, welfare agencies and community groups. 

He has been the principal author or editor of books, reports and articles on the legal profession, social security, taxation, housing, unemployment, social welfare, public administration and governance. He has written chapters for books on the history of the Hawke and Howard governments, as well as on future directions for Australia.   He has been invited to deliver a number of graduation addresses and commemorative orations, including the Roma Mitchell Oration and the inaugural Don Dunstan Oration. He has also been a frequent media commentator on a wide range of legal, economic, social and other issues, including through invited addresses to the National Press Club. While at UNSW and ANU he taught courses on the legal profession, litigation, parliament, global governance and social justice.

Julian Disney was awarded an LLB degree with First Class Honours by the University of Adelaide and was the South Australian Rhodes Scholar for 1970. He was appointed in 1994 as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to the development of economic and social policy and to the law. In 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) by the University of New South Wales. In 2001 he was one of the five recipients of a special Australian Achievement Award by the National Australia Day Council.  

 

 

 

 

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Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2008
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2008, 'Affordable Housing', in Helen Sykes (ed.), Issues of Our Time, edn. Original, Future Leaders, Sydney, pp. 94 - 106
    Book Chapters | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Social Policy', in Manne R (ed.), The Howard Years, edn. 1, Black Inc. Books, Melbourne, pp. 191 - 215
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2003, 'Social Impacts of the Hawke Years', in Ryan S; Bramston T (ed.), The Hawke Government, edn. Original, Pluto Press, Sydney, pp. 225 - 240
    Books | 2002
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2002, Breaches and Penalties in the Social Security System, 1st, Independent Review into Breaches and Penalties in the Social Security System, Sydney
    Book Chapters | 2001
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2001, 'Social Welfare, Social Development and Social Justice', in Social Welfare and Social development in the New Millennium, edn. Original, International Council on Social Welfare, London, pp. 7 - 12
    Book Chapters | 2000
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2000, 'Civil society, the Copenhagen Summit and international governance', in Civil Society, NGOs and Global Governance, edn. Original, International Council on Social Welfare, Helsinki, Sheffield, pp. 9 - 22
    Books | 2000
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2000, Sustainable social progress: A three-point plan for strengthening international cooperation, Original, International Council on Social Welfare, London
  • Journal articles | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'More challenges for public health in fight against poverty', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 28, pp. 508 - 509
    Journal articles | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'The Changing World for the Non-Profit Sector', Developing Practice, vol. 11, pp. 17 - 25
    Journal articles | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'The Changing World for the Non-Profit Sector', Developing Practice, vol. 11, pp. 17 - 25
    Journal articles | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Regional and Global Social Governance Reform', Global Social Policy, vol. 4, pp. 133 - 135
    Journal articles | 2001
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2001, 'Encourage Constructive Regionalism', Global Social Policy, vol. 1, pp. 8 - 10
    Journal articles | 2001
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2001, 'The Price of a Civilised Society', Dissent, pp. 31 - 33
    Journal articles | 2001
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2001, 'A hotch potch of poll-driven perks', Canberra times
    Journal articles | 2001
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2001, 'Review of Edwards (et al) Social Policy, public Policy', Australian Journal of Public Administration, pp. 113 - 114
    Journal articles | 2000
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2000, 'Hitting the poorest where it hurts least', The Australian, pp. 9 - 9
    Journal articles | 2000
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2000, 'Should ECOSOC be reformed?', United Nations Chronicle, pp. 27 - 28
    Journal articles | 2000
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2000, 'A fair report deserves fair reforms', The Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion Section, pp. 11 - 11
    Journal articles | 2000
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2000, 'The many fickle friends of globalisation', The Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion Section, vol. Sept, 2000
  • Conference Papers | 2005
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2005, 'Globalisation: challenges and opportunities', in Carroli L (ed.), The Ideas Book, University of Queensland Press, Queensland, Australia, pp. 75 - 85, presented at Festival of Ideas, Brisbane, Qld, -
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Globalisation and Social Justice', in Australian Rural Leaders Program, Australian Rural Leaders Program, Sydney, presented at Australian Rural Leaders Program, Sydney, 30 March 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Housing Rights', in Queensland Housing Conference, Queensland Housing Conference, Brisbane, Qld, presented at Queensland Housing Conference, Brisbane, Qld, 16 June 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'The Labor Leadership and Disadvantaged People', in Gaelic Club Forum, Gaelic Club Forum, presented at Gaelic Club Forum, 23 July 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Priorities for National Development', in Special Address, Institute of Public Administration Australia, Special Address, Institute of Public Administration Australia, Adelaide, Sth Aust, presented at Special Address, Institute of Public Administration Australia, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 27 October 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Strengthening Regional Cooperation', in Australia-Asia New Leaders Forum, Australia-Asia New Leaders Forum, Sydney, presented at Australia-Asia New Leaders Forum, Sydney, 04 September 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Australia and Our Region', in Australian Council of Social Service Seminar, Australian Council of Social Service Seminar, Sydney, presented at Australian Council of Social Service Seminar, Sydney, 15 March 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Affordable Housing: Priorities for Auction', in Housing Justice Round Table, Housing Justice Round Table, Melbourne, presented at Housing Justice Round Table, Melbourne, 14 September 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Possible solutions to stem tax avoidance and evasion', in Restoring the Integrity of the Taxation System, Restoring the Integrity of the Taxation System, Sydney, pp. 71 - 74, presented at Restoring the Integrity of the Taxation System, Sydney, 23 June 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Affordable Housing in Australia', in Annual Conference, Victorian Council of Social Service, Annual Conference, Victorian Council of Social Service, Melbourne, presented at Annual Conference, Victorian Council of Social Service, Melbourne, 05 August 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Regional Poverty and Disadvantage', in Regional Poverty Forum, Hunter Council of Social Service, Regional Poverty Forum, Hunter Council of Social Service, Newcastle, presented at Regional Poverty Forum, Hunter Council of Social Service, Newcastle, 19 October 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Housing and Poverty', in Dunstan Foundation Seminar, Dunstan Foundation Seminar, Adelaide, Sth Aust, presented at Dunstan Foundation Seminar, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 26 February 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'The Fight against Poverty', in Anti-Poverty Week Forum, Anti-Poverty Week Forum, Melbourne Town Hall, presented at Anti-Poverty Week Forum, Melbourne Town Hall, 18 October 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'The Fight against Poverty', in Western Australian Council of Social Service Seminar, Western Australian Council of Social Service Seminar, Perth, WA, presented at Western Australian Council of Social Service Seminar, Perth, WA, 06 October 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'The Neighbours Program and Engagement with Asia', in National Forum on Asian Engagement, National Forum on Asian Engagement, Old Parliament House, Canberra, presented at National Forum on Asian Engagement, Old Parliament House, Canberra, 13 August 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Poverty and Hardship in Australia', in Anti-Poverty Week Forum, Anti-Poverty Week Forum, Melbourne Town Hall, presented at Anti-Poverty Week Forum, Melbourne Town Hall, 18 October 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Welfare Reform: The Real Issues', in Edith Cowan University, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA, presented at Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA, 05 October 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Economic Development and Social Justice', in Dunstan Foundation Seminar, Dunstan Foundation Seminar, Adelaide, Sth Aust, presented at Dunstan Foundation Seminar, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 26 February 2004
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Professor Julian Henry Plunkett Disney
    Disney JH, 2004, 'Food Security at Home and Abroad', in Food, Health and Poverty Forum, Food, Health and Poverty Forum, Adelaide, Sth Aust, presented at Food, Health and Poverty Forum, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 14 May 2004

Awards

Rhodes Scholar (South Australia) 

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Australian Achiever of the Year Award (National Australia Day Council) 

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