The idea of a basic income for all citizens, regardless of employment or asset status, is not new.  While there have been isolated experiments in the past, no country has fully implemented a universal income, at least not yet. Perhaps inspired by concerns about the unequal distribution of rewards from modern market economies, a number of countries are reviewing the option of an efficient way of restoring some level of equality for all people.  

Join us for the April Monthly lunch for a discussion of a radical proposal which is gaining support in Australia – the universal basic income.

Our main Guest is Professor Shelley Mallett

Shelley Mallett is an anthropologist with particular expertise in homelessness and housing research.  Her diverse career has spanned service delivery, research and policy and academic roles at ANU and LaTrobe Universities.  Currently she combines her role as General Manager of the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence with her position as Professorial Fellow of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne.

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