A universal basic income (UBI) is a payment made to all adult individuals that allows people to meet their basic needs. Debates over basic income proposals have moved from the fringe to mainstream newspapers.
Executive summaryA universal basic income (UBI) is...
Debates over the federal budget often refer to the level of ‘welfare’ spending. However the term welfare is often poorly defined and can lead to confusion.
Introduction Debates over the federal budget often refer to the level of ‘welfare’ spending. However the term...
Explains what income management is, who can be placed on it, what measures it involves, and where it is heading.
Income management sets aside (or ‘quarantines’) a proportion of a recipient’s Australia Government income support payment to pay for necessities such...
For more than half a century, policy experts have been putting forward plans to simplify the income-support system. Some of the more radical plans, such as a negative income tax, would replace our current system of allowances and pensions with a single unconditional payment paid...
Talk about ‘lifters’ and ‘leaners’ relies on the belief that our economy offers everyone except people with severe and permanent disabilities the opportunity to contribute. This rhetoric categorises people according to their moral and personal qualities, and positions those who miss out as less worthy...
Social democratic critics of the Australian government’s income management policy often argue that the policy is driven by the philosophy of neoliberalism—as espoused by thinkers such as Milton Friedman. But were Friedman alive today, it is almost certain he would oppose income management, as a...