Introduction: Basic Income, Fit for Australia and the Fairness Test

  • Jennifer MaysEmail author
Part of the Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee book series (BIG)


This chapter sets the scene for the book and provides an outline of scope, contribution and chapter summary. It starts with a backdrop to contextualize basic income debates in the context of existing Australian political economy and explores the ‘fit’ for the Australian context. The chapter introduces basic income terminology and principles and explores why Australia needs a universal basic income, what is involved and what changes will be made to structural arrangements. The chapter also explores the current feasibility of achieving a non-marginalizing basic income for all, inclusive of people with disability.


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