The ‘glass floor’: an old and new driver of inequality

The Age’s Good Weekend magazine almost always offers interesting longer articles for relaxed weekend enjoyment. But in a recent edition (3 February 2018) there was a disturbing aspect to the publication. The front cover of the magazine highlighted the feature story about property developer Michael Buxton and his art collection with the the tropes: MAKE…

Basic income – why we need it but will we get it?

For some years, I have been following the global debate about the adoption of universal basic income (UBI) while researching and writing about the changing face of employment – and the changing face of social welfare – as reflected in the content of this website. My doctoral research focussed on employment insecurity and the difficulties…

The ABC of the Future of Work

At the moment the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) is focussing much attention on issues relating to the “future of work”. I had my say and answered a few questions about the future of work – also the present reality of work –  on the Drive program yesterday on ABC radio 774. My interview starts at the…

AI, UBI and how the future might pan out..

In July, I took on a tough interview (also delightfully challenging!!) with a couple of blokes, Bill Kerr and Tommy Ahern, from Adventurefit Travel.  They wanted to know what I thought about what’s happening in the world of work and what changes might be on the way via robots and AI. They also asked what I…

Can the great divides be bridged? OECD Forum 2017 and the G20

The OECD Forum Bridging the Divides which I attended 6-7 June in Paris was in some ways an extraordinary event broaching some of the most challenging issues of these times. With so many losers from global capitalism and the immense pressures this has placed on political systems around the world, the Forum was certainly timely. The…