A basic income for all adults of $18,500 a year, tapering off as work-related earnings increase, would lift tens of thousands out of poverty and dramatically reduce inequality in Australia.
As employment and earnings are hit by COVID-19 disruptions, three academic experts have evaluated the costs of a payment that would go to most people of working age regardless of their employment status.
Brent speaks with Professor Ben Spies-Butcher, who teaches Economy and Society and is Head of the Sociology Department at Macquarie University.
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Ben Spies Butcher:
Associate Professor Discipline Chair, Sociology, Department of Sociology