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SYDNEY, Australia: Basic Innovation Guarantee Meetup

A Sydney meetup group has formed to discuss the connection between basic income and innovation in Australia. The basic innovation guarantee meetup will take place on January 21st, 2016. The group’s meetup page summarizes their first event in the following text: “Now that Innovation is the focal point of Australian Politics, it is time to explore how a Guaranteed Basic

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Greg Marston, “Unconditional Basic Income and transitioning to a low-carbon society”

Marston begins his article by highlighting the lack of discussion about a basic income in Australia. While other countries have organizations for the basic income movement, Australia seems to be behind on mobilizing support. To help drum up support for basic income, Marston writes on the ability of basic income to help address issues with climate change and to progress

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Jon Altman, “Basic income a no-brainer for remote Indigenous Australia”

Altman writes on the applicability of a basic income to the current landscape of remote Indigenous Australia. By detailing the history of government programs targeted in these areas, Altman argues that a basic income would be an excellent way to help remedy the issues faced in these areas of Australia. Jon Altman, “Basic income a no-brainer for remote Indigenous Australia”,

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John Tomlinson, “Why Basic Income? Why Now?”

In this post during International Basic Income Week, Tomlinson discusses the merits of a basic income in an Australian context. Tomlinson outlines Australia’s history of means-tested, targeted benefits contingent on claimant worthiness, and he suggests that a possible remedy for Australia’s history of paternalism in social security would be a basic income for all paid above the Henderson poverty line.

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Mark White, “The robots are stealing our jobs: could a basic income system save us?”

  This article discusses the ongoing and accelerating pace of automation in Australia, with 5 million jobs expected to be replaced in the coming decades. Both the benefits and risks of this change are presented, with unemployment and protecting the living standards of all citizens chief among concerns. Basic income is raised as an increasingly popular possible solution to allow

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Jennifer M. Mays, “Countering disablism: an alternative universal income support system based on egalitarianism”

Abstract:”The long-term vision of economic security and social participation for people with a disability held by disability activists and policy-makers has not been realized on a global scale. This is despite the implementation of various poverty alleviation initiatives by international and national governments. Indeed within advanced Western liberal democracies, the inequalities and poverty gaps have widened rather than closed. This

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Judith S. Willis. “Response to Interim Report: Review of Australia’s Welfare System.”

SUMMARY: Changes to Australia’s income support system over time have resulted in unintended complexities, inconsistencies and disincentives for some people to work. Achieving a simpler and sustainable income support system should involve a simpler architecture, a fair rate structure, a common approach to adjusting payments, a new approach to support for families with children and young people, effective rent assistance,

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Shane Greenup, “Surviving as an entrepreneur.”

SUMMARY: This article address the question of how difficult it is for most people to pursue entrepreneurial activities. It concludes by arguing for a Universal Basic Income, “If everyone had access to a guaranteed income which would be sufficient to ensure food and rent, then you would empower innumerable people to take the risks necessary to chase their startup dreams,

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