A majority of Australians would welcome a universal basic income, survey finds

Nearly two-thirds of Australians say they would support situs slot online the introduction of a universal basic income (UBI), according to a new poll.

The finding comes after millions of Australians were forced to rely on some kind of regular welfare payment this year to survive the COVID recession.

According to Stanford University’s Basic Income Lab, at its core, a UBI is a cash payment given to all members of a community on a regular basis (for example every month) regardless of income level and with no strings attached.

More than 3.6 million workers received JobKeeper payments between March and September (totalling nearly $70 billion), and 1.5 million were still receiving the payments after the program was revised in October.

The number of Australians receiving JobSeeker unemployment payments almost doubled this year, jumping from 724,000 in February to 1.46 million in May, and by October that figure had only retraced a little to 1.35 million.