Stepping stones to an Australian Basic Income

Ben Spies-Butcher, Troy Henderson

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This chapter explores a “stepping stones” approach to Basic Income in the Australian context. It identifies two policy changes that would mark a partial shift away from Australia’s highly means-tested transfer system towards a more universal model of income support.

Specifically, we propose a combination of unwinding means-testing for the age pension and gradually lowering the eligibility age with a Youth Basic Income paid to those aged 20–24 based on a modified negative income tax model.

We argue together these proposals allow for an alternative to the neoliberal politics of population ageing, addressing emerging intergenerational inequalities in Australia’s current dualised model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImplementing a basic income in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationpathways forward
EditorsElise Klein, Jennifer Mays, Tim Dunlop
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030143787
ISBN (Print)9783030143770
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameExploring the Basic Income Guarantee
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Basic Income
  • social policy
  • inequality
  • Universal Basic Income
  • intergenerational inequality
  • taxation


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