Politics in the Pub 2017
Politics in the Pub 2017

Politics in the Pub 2017

Politics in the Pub is a free, Q&A style debate which tackles the most pressing contemporary issues for both Australia and the world.

Each topic is addressed by a panel of experts from a range of disciplines. Following a panel discussion is the opportunity for the audience to pose their questions directly to the panel.

Wed 17 May: Securing our welfare – time for a Basic Income?

The Australian social security system is a frequent subject of media and public attention, the controversy over “robo-debts” being the most recent example.

With social security absorbing nearly one-third of the national budget, Governments are always concerned about the cost and seeking ways to whittle this down.  Contrastingly, a wide range of organisations are concerned about the inadequacy of some payments, with rates being so low as to prevent recipients from securing paid employment.

Our social security system is highly complex and costly to administer. Add the changing nature of the employment market and growing economic inequality into the mix and you’ve got a raft of challenges to address.

Is it time for a re-think?  Is Universal Basic Income the solution?

The evening’s topic, “Securing our Welfare:  is it time for a Basic Income?” will be addressed by a powerful line up of speakers:  Professor Greg Marston, Head of the School of Social Science at UQ and the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) representative in Australia;  Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retail Association  and Director of NRA Legal; Professor John Quiggin, ARC Laureate Fellow in Economics, UQ; Rachel Watson, Chair of Queensland Shelter and Manager, Service Innovation and New Business, Wesley Mission Brisbane;  and Graham Young, Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Progress, a Centre-right think tank.

ABC Journalist and Presenter Paul Barclay will facilitate the discussion and later broadcast it as a Radio National Big Ideas program.

In this Q&A style event members of the public will be invited to put their questions to the expert panel.

2017 Politics in the Pub dates:
Tuesday 29 Aug
Tuesday 21 Nov

Writers+Ideas is supported by O’Neill Architecture and RPS.


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