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Hayo van der Woude, Mullumbimby

Now is the time to give Universal Basic Income (UBI) the grandest practical trial ever. I suggest it be done in Tasmania, without any prospect of Federal participation.

It is surely the most promising tool of easing the economic crises arising from COVID-19, and the bushfires, in light of a failing capitalist economy.

But how rapidly things changed! Perhaps humanity’s compassion expanded rapidly, and it loosened the vice-like grip of big business and various industries over government. Politicians from all parties and factions were able to access their collective souls, agreeing on a major cash splash.

This is a tacit admission that capitalism is unworkable, just like misguided party dogmas and various economic theories.

Early results from the one off $750 payments to the financially stressed demonstrated impressive immediate benefits. The much bigger handouts are bound to confirm this. When they see the liquidity created, politicians will realise that UBI will do that more effectively.

The problem with the new government measures is their great complexity. Many will miss out, and it’s subject to misuse.

The benefit of UBI is its simplicity, directly targeting individuals who know what they need. By starting with the neediest categories immediately, while expanding it to encompass all adults, results can be evaluated progressively within Tasmania, and applied federally as confidence grows.

There can be no return to normal. UBI is a key tool to help transition to a fair economic system where all can flourish.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. So How would one get ahead of the not so motivated and lets say lazy hippy type person? Or do we all become that type of person? I work 45 hours a week, I volunteer for a charity 5 hours a week, I couch kids sport (winter and summer) , I look after my house and garden my cars my community and more. I have a great life that I have made for me and my family. Maybe stop looking for answers for yourself and get out there and try living, it’s great.

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