New titles covering trending topics

News - 13 Nov 2017

2018 Books

Trending topics are well covered in our next releases.

Noteworthy topics include the summer-induced concerns of bushfire safety; the continuing debate over gun control in the light of recent tragic mass killings in the US and gun-related crime on our own shores; and human rights in Australia undergoing closer scrutiny after Australia was recently elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

All titles are edited by Justin Healey, and due for release 23 January 2018. Order your individual books or subscribe to all 12 releases for next year now.


Smoking and Tobacco Control (Volume 425)

Tobacco smoking is one of the largest preventable causes of death and disease in Australia. It is associated with an increased risk of a wide range of serious health conditions and is responsible for around 15,000 deaths each year. Although smoking rates have decreased over the past 15 years, 2.6 million adult Australians still smoke daily. Why do so many people persist with such an addictive and deadly habit; what are the ways in which they can quit smoking? The increasing uptake of e-cigarettes is seen by some to help people quit smoking and reduce harm, and by others (including the government) to be an inducement to take up and normalise smoking, particularly by young people. How safe is ‘vaping’ and what are the arguments for and against e-cigarettes? Australia is a world leader in tobacco control, having introduced initiatives such as the banning of advertising, imposing a tobacco excise, and mandating smoke-free environments and plain packaging. Is the fight against Big Tobacco being won? Despite these interventions, why do so many Australians continue to let their health go up in smoke?

Child Protection (Volume 426)
The reported prevalence of child maltreatment – neglect; physical, emotional and sexual abuse; and exposure to family violence – is at unacceptable levels in Australia. The number of children receiving child protection services (investigation, care and protection orders, and out-of-home care) continues to rise. One in 33 children received child protection services in the past year alone; the majority are repeat clients. Disturbingly, indigenous children are 7 times as likely as non-indigenous children to receive protection services. What is child abuse and neglect and when is a child in need of protection? What are the causes, indicators and impacts of abuse involving children and adolescents? When should children at risk be removed from their parents, and is it possible or even preferable in certain cases to keep vulnerable kids with their families? There is no excuse for child abuse, but are we doing enough to protect children at risk?

Bushfire Safety (Volume 427)
Bushfires and grassfires are common events throughout Australia, a land with a hot, dry climate. Every year bushfires occur across Australia, often taking human life and damaging property. Major firestorms such as Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday have left scars on the national psyche and are stark reminders of the destructive power of bushfires. The impacts of climate change are clear with the emergence of more extreme fire weather in recent years; increasingly, many Australians are exposed to potentially catastrophic bushfires. Understanding bushfires and the risks they pose to whole communities is critical if we are to be resilient to these most common and destructive of natural disasters. This book explores the basics of bushfires, how and where they occur, the threats they pose and the hazards they bring. The book also explains in detail how to effectively prepare your home for a bushfire, and when to safely leave. Future bush fires are expected to get worse. Learn now how to prepare, act and survive.

Gun Control (Volume 428)
Over two decades ago, federal, State and Territory governments united in the wake of the devastating 1996 Port Arthur massacre to reform firearm laws in a concerted bid to reduce gun violence in Australia. The recently updated National Firearms Agreement and ongoing firearms amnesties have consolidated this national approach to gun control. However, Australia’s arsenal of private guns is now larger than it was before the Port Arthur massacre, and there have been a number of politically-driven campaigns in various jurisdictions to reduce restrictions in State and Territory gun control legislation. There are more imported firearms coming into Australian than ever before; at least 260,000 guns are estimated to be currently held illegally in Australia. Crime, terrorism, homicide, suicide – how much do guns actually figure in this deadly mix? Are we at risk of adopting a pervasive and deadly gun culture like that of the United States? Are we going backwards on gun control, or are our gun laws too restrictive? This book explores the ongoing gun debate, featuring a range of opinions on firearms restrictions from both gun control advocates and the gun lobby. How extensively should the ownership and use of firearms be regulated in Australia?

Human Rights in Australia (Volume 429)
Human rights recognise the inherent value of every person, regardless of our respective backgrounds, where we live, what we look like, what we think or what we believe. These rights are based on universal principles of dignity, equality and mutual respect, and are shared across cultures, religions and philosophies. Human rights are about being treated fairly, treating others fairly and being able to make choices about our own lives. Australia was recently elected to a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, however its own human rights record is not without controversy, warranting extensive and ongoing international and domestic scrutiny. What are Australia’s international and domestic human rights obligations and how are they being addressed in relation to a number of high profile issues such as asylum seeker detention, racial discrimination, free speech, indigenous advancement, juvenile incarceration, disability rights, gender equality and same-sex marriage? Does Australia need to lift its game on human rights if it is to be taken seriously on the international stage?

Dealing with Debt and Financial Stress (Volume 430)
The Australian economy has experienced a record quarter-century of sustained growth without recession, however alarm bells are ringing over growing levels of household debt. Are Australians heading towards a debt crisis? Many Australians are struggling to meet their payments for mortgages, investments, personal debt, student debt, and credit card debt. It has been estimated that two million Australians are experiencing high financial stress which prevents them from coping in difficult situations and in the face of unexpected expenses. What is financial stress, and how do factors like housing affordability, higher debts and overspending on low incomes contribute to financial pressure? How does stretching the bottom line affect people’s health, relationships and financial security? This book is a helpful guide for young people to understand their personal finances, featuring ample fact sheet-style advice on how to deal with debt, manage money through budgeting and savings, and develop financial literacy. Make the most of your money and learn how to manage debt, without the stress.

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