No, a UBI is not a contraceptive device or a nasty medical condition. You may have heard that it is currently being piloted in progressive western democracies including Finland, the Netherlands, Scotland and Canada. And in the wake of the Centrelink debt recovery debacle, it is now time for Australia to consider trialing a Universal Basic Income (UBI).
Campaigners for an unconditional monthly income argue this would not constitute money for nothing, since over 50% of work is currently unpaid – taking the form of care work. This work is still most typically carried out by women and often compels economic dependency on men, thus constituting systemic discrimination and creating conditions conducive to domestic violence and exploitation.