Should Australia adopt a Universal Basic Income?

Event Date: 
9 September 2016
Event Type: 
Public Forum
Event Location: 
Level 7, 191-199 Thomas St, Haymarket
Event Time: 
5:30 for 6pm start, Friday 9th September
Event Cost: 
Entry by gold coin donation

One of the big policy discussions at the moment is whether countries should adopt a universal basic income in response the changing nature of work. A universal basic income is income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis. The idea is not, new with proposals in the 1970s, but has had a renaissance due to projections that automation will render large segments of the population unemployed. A number of countries are commencing trials and even the Productivity Commission has suggested the idea warrants evaluation in light of digital disruption.

There are, however, concerns about the cost of such a scheme, whether it would be better to focus on the distribution of employment and the risk that it might be used to slash the welfare state or end up as some form of wage subsidy. The ideological diversity of its proponents and opponents also suggest there would not be agreement on its purpose or implementation. To some, it is a practical response to address polarisation in the labour market and inequality, to others it is the means to a post-work utopia.

Join the Fabian Society and an excellent line-up of speakers to discuss one of the big policy ideas currently being debated.


Ben Spies Butcher – Senior Lecturer, Macquarie University

Peter Whiteford – Professor, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Louise Tarrant - former National Secretary of United Voice


For more info and RSVP: go to the Fabians.