Calls for a universal basic income (UBI) have been re-ignited following the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus.

A number of trials or pilots have been implemented around the globe, such as in Finland, the UBI Network in the UK, and many other parts of the world.

Outcomes of these pilots have elicited much debate – and views on the efficacy and feasibility of a UBI are divided. There are also those who have moved from the concept of a UBI, to a “Universal Social Dividend” instead – such as the Human Union campaign for Just and Fair Economic Reform: #JUsTNow.

Here are some articles that may be of interest:

Would a universal basic income work here in Australia?
Outlines some cautions in relation to UBI for Australia, offering some alternative views.

From Basic Income to Social Dividend
Broadens the debate on UBI, arguing for alternative funding options.

Now is the Time for Just and Fair Economic Reform: #JUsTNow
This campaign argues for the idea of a “Universal Social Dividend”. Links provided for more information.

Basic income: a radical idea enters the mainstream
A very comprehensive article from 2016, covering some historical context, different models and supporting the idea of debate on this issue.

Why the naysayers are getting UBI all wrong
Argues that a UBI would bolster the economy and improve people’s quality of life.

Time for a Universal Basic Income?
An article by Dr Anne Decobert, Lecturer in Development Studies at Melbourne University.

‘Whatever it takes’ should now include a universal basic income
Advocating for a UBI in Australia, using some financial data to support this argument.

Arguments For & Against a Universal Basic Income
A brief outline of some key points for and against a UBI.

Universal basic income doesn’t work. Let’s boost the public realm instead
Arguing for more “cost-effective, socially just, redistributive and sustainable” ways of meeting people’s needs.

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