Academic theses

A number of Doctoral, Master’s and Honours Degree Theses pertaining to Basic Income have been produced in the Australian and New Zealand Pacific region of the Southern Hemisphere during the last two decades.

BIGA has converted some of these theses into a downloadable format for inclusion on this page. It is intended to present the larger documents in the form of Introduction and Chapters for the convenience of our visitors.

We start with John Tomlinson’s 1989 (March) Thesis submitted to Murdoch University, Western Australia, for which he was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The thesis is entitled:

Income Maintenance in Australia: The Income Guarantee Alternative

ON CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE CHANGING LABOUR MARKET:

"WELFARE TO WORK" AND BEYOND: Social Security and the Changing Labour Market (PDF, 405KB).

An Honours thesis submitted by Merrindahl Andrew in November 2001 to the School of Social Science, Faculty of Arts, Australian National University, Canberra.

DO THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN BREACHED BY CENTRELINK MATCH THE EXPECTATION AND INTENT OF THE HOWARD GOVERNMENT? (PDF, 613KB)

A Masters thesis submitted by Simon Schooneveldt in June 2002 to the School of Humanities and Social Science, Queensland University of Technology, Carseldine.

Abstract: In the past three years, the number of breach penalties applied by Centrelink to welfare recipients have more than trebled, with some 349,000 incidences reported for the 2000-2001 year. This Masters Degree research study examines the lived experience of some individuals who have been breached by Centrelink, to ascertain whether their lived experiences accord with the stated policy expectations and intent of the Howard Government. Government policy statements are identified from the literature, as are a range of alternative viewpoints and critiques offered by commentators.

A qualitative research survey instrument was developed. Survey data was collected from people passing on the footpath outside three Brisbane Centrelink offices. Fifty-six individuals who stated they had been breached at least once responded. The results of primary and secondary analysis of the collected data is presented in the findings, followed by discussion as to how the lived experiences of the unemployed respondents matched Government expectation and intent.

McDonald, Allan, (1995). Unemployment Forever or A Support Income System and Work for All (PDF, 505KB). Urangan, Qld. A Master's Thesis by Allan McDonald. Published and Distributed by A& D McDonald. (Allan advises a few copies of this book, published here as a printer's layout PDF, are still available for the cost of postage from
Email: allanmcd@keypoint.com.au

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