Universal basic income: The dangerous idea of 2016

Universal basic income: The dangerous idea of 2016

Opinion Proponents of the universal basic income overlook its potential to be a reverse Robin Hood scheme. The resurrection of universal basic income (UBI) proposals in the developed world this year gained support from some prominent Australians.

But while good in theory, it’s no panacea for the challenges of our modern economy.

UBI proposals centre on the idea that the government would pay a flat fee to every adult citizen, regardless of his or her engagement in skill-building activities or the paid labour market, as a partial or complete substitute for existing social security and welfare programs.Of the schemes run in […]

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