The Spinney Press http://spinneypress.com.au/ The Spinney Press News Feed en 5 <![CDATA[Book: Fighting Infectious Diseases]]> /books/fighting-infectious-diseases/ Infectious, or communicable, diseases are a major global health concern. Managing and preventing the spread of diseases takes a concerted public health effort to deal with deadly outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics. What are the various ways in which infectious diseases are spread? How much of a threat are emerging infections such as Ebola, SARS and the Zika virus to large populations of people? And how much of a concern is the growth in antimicrobial resistance to drugs, such as antibiotics, which are routinely used to treat infection? The World Health Organization estimates that vaccines prevent 2-3 million deaths every year; how effective has immunisation been in Australia at containing and eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases? What are the myths and facts regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, and why do some misconceptions among immunisation objectors persist? This book reveals the global trends and challenges in the fight against the major types of infectious disease, and looks at vaccine-preventable diseases and immunisation in Australia. Are we doing enough to win the ongoing fight against infectious diseases?

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:02:41 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Violence Against Women]]> /books/violence-against-women/ Violence against women is now being recognised as a serious, widespread problem, with enormous social costs and individual and community impacts. In Australia, one in three women over the age of 15 years have experienced physical assault; over half of all women have experienced at least one incident of physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. Men’s violence affects women across all sectors of society and includes sexual, emotional, psychological and financial abuse. A wide range of attitudes and beliefs continue to excuse, justify, minimise and hide physical and sexual violence against women. As a society, we need to address these misconceptions and entrenched gender inequality to effectively respond to violence against women and their children, and ultimately to prevent it. This title details the various forms of violence used against women, and presents the latest research findings on prevalence and attitudes. The book also focuses on understanding and countering sexual assault and harassment, and explores the latest approaches to dealing with gender-based violence. Although violence against women is a confronting social problem, it is ultimately preventable.

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:02:36 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Sugar Consumption]]> /books/sugar-consumption/ Sugar has become ubiquitous in our modern diet in a variety of forms, and is most notably present in popular processed foods and sugary drinks. This title explains the latest consumption guidelines and data, detailing the amount of sugar added to common food and beverage items, the excessive consumption of which can lead to serious health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, tooth decay and heart disease. The book offers helpful advice on reducing unhealthy sugar intake through personal dietary behaviours such as how to identify sugars on food labels; it also presents perspectives in the ongoing debate over government policy approaches including a proposed sugar tax. How much sugar is it OK to eat, what are its health impacts, and how can we manage its consumption? Excessive sweetness has unsavoury consequences – how are you watching your sugar intake?

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:02:23 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Defending Australia]]> /books/defending-australia/ Australia is in the process of updating and strengthening its defence capabilities against a potential major aggressor. The latest government white paper has outlined a massive increase in military spending and confirmed the direction of Australia’s defence policy and strategy. This book examines the operational priorities and capabilities of the Australian army, navy and airforce as well as exploring the nation’s planned strategic direction. Topics also include Australia’s defence history, current war operations and peacekeeping contributions around the globe, the inclusion of more women in the Australian Defence Force, and the plight of returned veterans. A key focus of the book is the nation’s increased defence budget and upgrading of capabilities such as new submarines, frigates and fighter aircraft, at a time when Australia must adapt to a complex strategic and diplomatic environment which is dominated by long-term major ally the United States and the emerging military might of China in the Asia-Pacific region. When should Australians take up arms, and what are the costs and consequences of war? Are Australia’s strategic defence policies, capabilities and alliances enough to protect us from attack?

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:02:19 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Social Media and Young People]]> /books/social-media-and-young-people/ Social media has revolutionised how most of us communicate; no one more so than teenagers and young adults, who spend on average 2-3 hours a day connected to social media sites. Online social networking provides young people with a range of positive opportunities to maintain social connections and share emotional support, learning and an almost infinite array of interests. However, social media use can also have negative impacts, such as excessive use, social isolation, loss of privacy, cyberbullying, anxiety and self-esteem pressures. This book examines the prevalence of social media use by young Australians, and explores its impacts on their wellbeing. The book also offers helpful tips on appropriate ways of using and staying safe on social media sites. How do young, developing digital natives get the balance right when so much of their lives is being lived online?

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:02:15 EST
<![CDATA[News: New releases January 2017]]> /news/new-releases-january-2017/ Countering violent extremism

These new 'Issues in Society' titles (print and Digital Editions) are now available to order for your reference library:

Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism (Volume 410)

Coping with Separation and Divorce (Volume 411)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Volume 412)

Child Labour (Volume 413)

End of Life Issues (Volume 414)

Digital Editions download links for Volumes 410-414 will be emailed to all relevant school-only subscribers 13-17 February.

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:15:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: 2017 subscriptions out now]]> /news/2017-subscriptions-out-now/ subscribe

Five new 'Issues in Society' titles are published 3 times/year in both print and 'Digital Editions' for schools (self-managed PDF files).

More than half of the 15 Issues in Society titles slated for 2017 are brand new topics which have never been featured in the series before.

A range of print and digital annual subscription options are available, only direct from The Spinney Press.

Visit the Subscriptions page on this website for full details on all your print and digital options – only direct from The Spinney Press.

2017 release dates

25 January 2017 – Volumes 410-414 (out now!)
25 April 2017 – Volumes 415-419
25 July 2017 – Volumes 420-424

If you have missed out on subscribing to the 2016 titles (Volumes 395-409), the 2016 subscription order options are still on the Subscriptions page presented below the 2017 subscription titles (Volumes 410-424).

Not sure if you have already renewed your subscription for this year? Please contact The Spinney Press to confirm your subscription status.

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<![CDATA[News: New topics in January 2017]]> /news/new-topics-in-january-2017/ Librarian  

New topics in January 2017

Happy new year!

We hope you have all enjoyed a relaxing holiday season. The team at The Spinney Press is back bolder than ever. We are pleased to share with you the surprising fact that more than half of the Issues in Society topics to be released in 2017 are new and have never been fully featured in the series before.

The new January titles out now are testament to the diversity of content in the Issues in Society series, with topics ranging from terrorism and violent extremism, to divorce, alternative medicine, child labour, and end of life issues.

Do you have other topics in mind which you would like to see covered in the series? We welcome suggestions on new and updated topics for inclusion in the Issues in Society series. Simply direct your suggestions, or any other feedback, via our Contact us page.

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:45:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: Customer feedback and testimonials]]> /news/customer-feedback-and-testimonials/ Feedback

We welcome suggestions on new or updated topics for inclusion in the Issues in Society series.

You can direct your suggestions, or any other feedback, via our Contact us page.

The team at Spinney Press is always gratified when we receive unsolicited encouragement regarding our books.

Here are some recent comments from dedicated school librarians we would like to share with you*:

"We love these … best resource and the most used ever."
Librarian, Anglican girls' school, Perth

"Can I take this opportunity to let you know that these Issues in Society eBooks are a fantastic resource that students are finding very useful. Keep up the good work."
Librarian, coed TAFE/secondary college, Melbourne

"This is a wonderful resource for our students and allows multiple students to use the resources at the same time. We have received our hard copy versions for these titles but would love to have the digital versions too if at all possible."
Librarian, co-ed Catholic high school, regional NSW

"I thought I’d let you know I was at the State Lib on Friday and your new books were on display in the (glorious) main reading room. Can’t get better marketing than that! People keep telling me libraries are finished, phooey to them."
Librarian, coed grammar school librarian, regional Victoria

* Note: Names have been omitted to protect the identities of our superhero school librarians ;)

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Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:15:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: 2017 subscriptions – pay now or pay later]]> /news/2017-subscriptions-pay-now-or-pay-later/ Later

As we all hurtle towards the end of another busy year, some of our valued Issues in Society subscribers may still be unaware of their 2017 subscription renewal status. It is worth considering this: our book print runs are largely based on pre-order quantities, so we don't want you to miss out!

It's not too late to renew your subscription – pre-payment is due by 1 December.

If you would rather RENEW NOW and PAY LATER in February 2017, we are happy to oblige – but please let us know by 1 December.

Visit the Subscriptions page on this website for full details on all your print and digital options – only direct from The Spinney Press.

More than half of the 15 Issues in Society titles slated for 2017 are brand new topics which have never been featured in the series before. Stay tuned in late January for more news on upcoming inaugural and updated topics.

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<![CDATA[News: Thanks to our many contributors]]> /news/thanks-to-our-many-contributors/ Thank You

Valued customer compliments aside, let's spare a thought for the true heroes of the books – our valued contributors!

As you know, the dedicated team at Spinney Press extensively researches, edits and collates the best and most balanced content currently available for inclusion in all our Issues in Society titles, to present a concise and accessible overview on a range of challenging issues.

In the age of the digital economy, it is all too easy – especially for younger readers doing assignments – to blindly rely on the highest ranked search engine results to randomly source often sub-standard, inaccurate information from inexpert websites.

Attention teachers: How many times have you come across student assignments which use poorly cited sources, or poor sources to begin with? The Issues in Society series has never been more relevant, as The Spinney Press continues to 'separate the wheat from the chaff', by consistently presenting a range of high quality content from only the most trusted sources.

Over the past 25 years, we have sourced and reproduced the research, reports and opinions of literally thousands of journalists, authors, activists, academics, NGOs, lobby groups and government agencies.

To all of our valued contributors, we say thank you. We would be lost – or at least much less informed and enlightened – without you!

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Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:30:00 EST
<![CDATA[Book: End of Life Issues]]> /books/end-of-life-issues/ Death eventually comes to claim us all, yet most people live in denial of it until they are confronted with their own mortality. In order to ultimately have a ‘good death’ – such as dying comfortably at home, supported by family and friends and effective services – discussion, decisions and planning are required to put things into place, knowing your family is acting according to your wishes. Planning for the end of one’s life may entail making an advance care plan; funeral and estate planning; palliative care; understanding the legal status and complexities of voluntary euthanasia; and being prepared for what to expect during a loved one’s final hours, including ensuing feelings of bereavement and loss. This book explores a range of issues for us all to anticipate and evaluate at some stage: end of life attitudes and decisions; end of life care; and coping with death and grief. What are your wishes and rights (and those of your loved ones) when it comes to the personal and practical considerations we have to deal with at the end of life?

Chapter 1: End of life attitudes and decisions

Chapter 2: End of life care

Chapter 3: Coping with death and grief

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:17:40 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism]]> /books/countering-terrorism-and-violent-extremism/ Acts of terror and expressions of violent extremism are a confronting reality around the globe, and an ongoing threat in this country. Australians must remain vigilant against the spread of terror and extremism by supporters of Islamic State and other ideologically violent groups. How should Australia deal with the terrorist threat without unfairly targeting Muslim communities or infringing upon fundamental human rights? Why are some young Australians being drawn to radical Islamism? The factors that result in radicalisation are complex and varied – are there smarter ways to counter violent extremism? This book focuses on the threat of terrorism and violent extremism in Australia and abroad; examines national security strategies and counter-terrorism laws in Australia; and explores ways of effectively countering extremism and radicalisation. How do we turn back the tide of fear in an age of increasing terror?

Chapter 1: The threat of terrorism and violent extremism

Chapter 2: Counter-terrorism laws and strategies

Chapter 3: Countering extremism and radicalisation

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:17:23 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Coping with Separation and Divorce]]> /books/coping-with-separation-and-divorce/ Intimate relationships change over the years. It may be easy to think that ending a difficult long-term partnership will solve all your problems, however separation and divorce can bring up a number of challenges and is rarely a straightforward process or experience emotionally, especially if there are children and teenagers involved. Is it possible to do separation with co-operation? What happens for kids when their parents separate? This book explores the common causes of relationship breakdown, and explains the practical and legal processes of divorce, including going to court and dividing property and finances. It also offers advice on successfully establishing and maintaining positive parenting arrangements after separation.

Chapter 1: Dealing with divorce and separation

Chapter 2: Caring for children after separation

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:17:20 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Complementary and Alternative Medicine]]> /books/complementary-and-alternative-medicine/ The gap between mainstream and alternative medicine is blurring. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used in Australia; increasingly, people are turning to these treatments for ailments ranging from minor conditions to life-threatening illnesses. While there are many enthusiastic proponents of alternative healing, others remain sceptical and demand scientific evidence of its success. This book explores the various techniques and therapies available, and looks at how to find a reliable CAM practitioner. The book also considers the myths and facts in the debate over the use of alternative treatments, offering differing perspectives from conventional and alternative medical practitioners and peak bodies. What are the potential benefits and harms of these therapies, and how are they regulated? What evidence is there to support the effectiveness and safety of dietary treatments such as herbal medicines and vitamin supplements? Are these medical alternatives a panacea or a placebo?

Chapter 1: Complementary therapies and medicine in Australia

Chapter 2: Safety and effectiveness of complementary medicines

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:17:16 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Child Labour]]> /books/child-labour/ It is estimated that 168 million boys and girls work as child labourers in farms, fields, factories, homes, streets and battlefields around the world. A staggering 85 million are engaged in illegal, hazardous work which is harmful to physical, mental, spiritual, moral and educational development. What is the extent of child slavery around the world, and what are the industries which exploit children? This book tackles the myths and misunderstandings surrounding child labour and explains the international labour standards and approaches aimed at eventually eliminating the exploitation of children. The book also measures global progress in reducing child exploitation, including the role of Australian companies and consumers in ensuring the goods they produce and purchase meet minimum age standards. Child labour is everyone’s business.

Chapter 1: Understanding child labour

Chapter 2: Australia’s response to child labour

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:17:12 EST
<![CDATA[News: New releases July 2016]]> /news/new-releases-july-2016/ doctor holding up hand

These new 'Issues in Society' titles (print and Digital Editions) are now available to order for your reference library:

Organic and Genetically Modified Food (Volume 405)

Our Working Future (Volume 406)

Methamphetamine Use and Addiction (Volume 407)

Multiculturalism and Australian Identity (Volume 408)

Cancer Prevention (Volume 409)

Digital Editions download links for Volumes 405-409 will be emailed to all relevant subscribers during the second week of August.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: 2017 subscription renewals are out now]]> /news/2017-subscription-renewals/ subscribe

A range of print and digital subscription options are available, only direct from The Spinney Press.

By the end of July, existing Issues in Society subscribers will have received their annual subscription renewal invoice with their latest July print and digital titles delivery. Please note renewal (with payment) is due by 30 November.

The increase of $2 per title is the first pricing increase in three years, and is applicable to the Print Subscription and the Digital Download Subscription. Ever mindful of schools’ limited resources, we have absorbed our own rising costs and maintained the same price for Print + Digital Subscriptions and e-Upgrades.

2017 release dates

25 January 2017 – Volumes 410-414
25 April 2017 – Volumes 415-419
25 July 2017 – Volumes 420-424

Not sure if you have already renewed your subscription for next year? Please contact The Spinney Press to confirm your subscription status.

Visit the Subscriptions page on this website for full details on all your print and digital options.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:30:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: Facebook competition winner announced]]> /news/facebook-competition-winner/ Facebook Like

Congratulations to Susan Mapleson, Teacher Librarian at Christian College, Geelong!

Susan is one of the valued librarians who liked us on facebook and was randomly selected in our competition prize draw for a free annual Issues in Society subscription of her choice.

Don’t forget to stay in the loop with the latest current issues info by following us on Facebook!

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:15:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: Keeping your library collection topical and current]]> /news/keeping-your-library-collection-topical/ Library

Our editorial team takes great interest in being across current events and social issues, ensuring we research, package and publish the best available, most balanced content for our resource books.

Our latest July titles cover a typically broad range of topics, which are sure to provoke debate, stimulate critical analysis and encourage further research among readers.

Whether it’s exploring and explaining organic and GM food, the future of work, the ‘ice epidemic’, Australia’s multicultural identity, or cancer awareness and prevention … it’s safe to say, we’ve got it all covered!

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: Resource books with content from trusted sources]]> /news/resource-books-with-content/ student and teacher

All the Issues in Society books contain quality information from a wide variety of trusted primary sources, which include:

  • Fact sheets
  • Magazine and journal extracts
  • Lobby group and NGO literature
  • Newspaper reports and features
  • Opinion pieces and commentary
  • Government reports and statistics
  • Survey findings, tables and graphs

The books also feature helpful educational content suitable for learners from middle school and upwards:

  • Fast facts, glossary, web links for further research
  • Cartoons, illustrations, diagrams and photographs
  • Exploring the Issues section – worksheets and activities
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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:45:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: Looking for ways to promote our books to your library users?]]> /news/looking-for-ways-to-promote/ Posters and Bookmarks

Our website now offers downloadable and printable full-colour materials to help you to promote your
Issues in Society collection to library patrons, students and staff.

Visit Book promotions for librarians to download:

  • Posters – print books by title (alphabetical), volume/ISBN (numerical), general topic category
  • Digital Editions poster for schools; downloadable Digital Editions logo for school websites
  • Awareness days and weeks calendar
  • Bookmarks
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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:30:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: Feedback and topic suggestions]]> /news/feedback-and-topic-suggestions/ Feedback

The Spinney Press always welcomes suggestions for new or updated topics for possible inclusion in the Issues in Society series.

You can direct your content suggestions, or any other feedback, via our website at Contact us page on our website or email us at enquiries@spinneypress.com.au

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<![CDATA[News: Receive our regular e-newsletter]]> /news/enewsletter/ Newsletter

Join our mailing list to automatically receive our e-newsletter every January-April-July to coincide with our mailed print catalog.

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<![CDATA[News: About Issues in Society]]> /news/about-issues-in-society/ ISS logo

'Issues in Society' titles are invaluable, up to date references which are used extensively throughout Australian schools, TAFE colleges, universities and public libraries.

Each book in the series is a thoroughly researched compilation of the latest news, facts, opinions and statistics from a huge range of primary and secondary sources.

Ideal for use by:

  • upper secondary school students for assignments, essays and debates
  • secondary school teachers and librarians for a a wide variety of cross-curricular applications
  • TAFE and university students requiring research-ready material for assignments and essays
  • discussion starters for students and teachers of English as a second language
  • interested individuals and professionals requiring an accessible overview on a particular social issue

Information in each 'Issues in Society' title is carefully selected to ensure that it is current, unbiased and balanced. Many titles cover a range of opinions on controversial topics, providing the perfect platform to provoke debate, stimulate critical analysis and encourage further research.

The books contain quality information from a variety of trusted sources and include features such as:

  • Fact sheets
  • Journal extracts
  • Magazine features
  • A range of diverse opinions
  • Lobby group and NGO literature
  • Extracts from government reports
  • Statistics, including tables and graphs
  • Newspaper reports and feature articles
  • Cartoons, illustrations, diagrams and photographs
  • Accessible, magazine-style full-colour layouts

Back Section Features

'Issues in Society' titles also contain these helpful sections at the back of each book:

  • Exploring the Issues (worksheets and activities)
  • Fast facts
  • Glossary
  • Web links
  • Index

Online Research with Digital Editions

All Digital Editions titles (Volumes 320 onwards) are interactive PDFs which contain hundreds of URL links to key online primary source documents and related websites.

Why spend hours trawling the web when Digital Editions provide expertly packaged content – plus active links to the latest information from trusted, mostly Australian sources?

All of these components within 'Issues in Society' print and digital editions are designed to develop a range of study skills and promote independent understanding, evaluation and interpretation of the topic.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:45:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: Standing orders]]> /news/standing-orders-/ Standing Orders

Due to the overwhelming uptake of customers favouring the various pre-paid annual subscription options, we are no longer promoting Standing Orders for print-only titles on our order form and website. However, if you would still prefer to receive your Issues in Society print titles on Standing Order, The Spinney Press is more than happy to accommodate those wishes.

Please note for all ongoing Standing Order deliveries from January 2017 the total invoice price for each new release of 5 books amounts to $152.00, reflecting the new book prices ($28) and postage charge ($12).

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:30:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: Digital Editions or ebooks for library lending?]]> /news/digital-editions-or-ebooks-for-library-lending/ computer sil

Are you still not sure what the difference is between ‘Digital Editions’ offered by The Spinney Press, and the Issues in Society ebooks for library lending offered by our ebook platforms?

It’s simple, really ...

‘Digital Editions’ are interactive PDF files which are only available to Australian secondary schools and supplied by an emailed download link. Once you have downloaded the initial link, the flexible site licence allows every student and staff member at your school to repeatedly download their own digital copies of Issues in Society titles. All schools need to do is host the ‘Digital Editions’ on their network or library system using their own regular secure password log-in. ‘Digital Editions’ are only supplied direct from The Spinney Press and are available separately, or by subscription.

Issues in Society ebooks for library lending are ideal for public libraries, TAFE colleges and universities as they are hosted on a secure library lending platform which is compatible with all major library lending systems and devices (standard digital rights lending restrictions apply). Our ebook platform partners include: James Bennett/Axis 360, Wheelers Books, OverDrive Content Reserve, eBooks on EBSCOhost, Ebook Library (EBL) and ebrary. Contact your ebook library platform supplier directly for more information on the Issues in Society series.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:15:00 EST
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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: Schools going digital]]> /news/schools-going-digital/ Digital Editions Computer

Attention school librarians: are you confused about how and when to go digital?

Why not lose the confusion by affordably covering all bases with a Print + Digital Subscription package.

Print + Digital Subscriptions are available only from the publisher ($495/year), and come with a flexible full site licence. Your school owns and manages these digitally watermarked PDF editions on your own website, portal, network, or library management system.

All your staff and students will be able to download the latest titles onto their computers at any time. Throughout each Digital Edition there are URL links to key online primary source documents and related websites.

Why spend hours trawling the web when Digital Editions provide expertly packaged content – plus active links to the latest information from trusted, mostly Australian sources?

Hundreds of secondary schools around Australia have already created their own ‘Issues in Society’ online reference library, have you?

As long as you ensure password protection and download access is limited only to your school staff and students (on site or off), there are no limits ...

… no lending restrictions, no expensive e-book platforms … no fuss.

Why not check with your school IT support about how your school can manage ‘Issues in Society’ Digital Editions?

Subscribe or upgrade to include Digital Editions now.

PS: Click here to download a DIGITAL EDITIONS logo for display on your school website.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:45:00 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Cancer Prevention]]> /books/cancer-prevention/ Cancer is now the biggest killer globally. In Australia, about three in every ten deaths are caused by cancer. In Western countries, including Australia, the rise in cancer cases is attributable to ageing populations and increased screening. Lifestyle has also been highlighted as a major causal factor, with cancer particularly prevalent in countries where people have poor diets, inactive lifestyles and high smoking rates. This book presents accessible information aimed at improving understanding around the causes and prevalence of cancer, as well as offering general advice on cancer prevention and awareness. What are the risk factors for the most common forms of cancer, and what are the best approaches regarding early detection and prevention? The best cancer is the one you don’t get – prevention is the greatest cure.

Chapter 1: Cancer prevalence and causes

Chapter 2: Cancer prevention and awareness

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:39:06 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Multiculturalism and Australian Identity]]> /books/multiculturalism-and-australian-identity/ Contemporary Australian society is a patchwork of cultural and ethnic diversity. Australians are largely embracing of multiculturalism and welcoming of those born overseas, however being ‘Australian’ can describe a broad range of characteristics, behaviours and attitudes. National identity and pride in being Australian regularly influence public debate in Australia, but they are not always clearly defined. How do Australians living in a multicultural society identify with their national identity, and how do they view themselves as citizens? This book examines Australia’s cultural diversity and the issue of social cohesion in light of its longstanding policy of multiculturalism. It also discusses a range of symbols and attitudes which define what it means to be Australian. Are multiculturalism and nationalism necessarily at odds?

Chapter 1: Multiculturalism and social cohesion

Chapter 2: Discussing Australian identity

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:33:30 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Methamphetamine Use and Addiction]]> /books/methamphetamine-use-and-addiction/ Methamphetamine is a drug which can cause substantial harms; particularly the purest and most potent form of it, commonly known as ‘ice’. What exactly does methamphetamine do to your body and mind? This book explores current trends in methamphetamine use in Australia, and reveals the health and social impacts of the growing ice scourge, featuring information on related crime and violence, psychosis, addiction, withdrawal, treatment and recovery. The book also explains the latest government responses to tackling Australia’s ice problem through policy, law enforcement and public awareness initiatives. The risks of using this drug are many, and the best approach is to never try it; how can we encourage young people to avoid becoming victims of the ‘ice epidemic’?

Chapter 1: Trends in methamphetamine use

Chapter 2: Health effects of methamphetamine use

Chapter 3: Tackling Australia's ice problem

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:27:35 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Our Working Future]]> /books/our-working-future/ Technology is already dramatically reshaping Australia’s workforce through computerisation and automation across a range of industries. Recent studies estimate that up to half of Australian jobs face a high probability of being replaced by computers in the next 20 years. What are the jobs most under threat, and where are the jobs of the future to be found? This book explores the impact of emerging technologies in the workforce of the future; digital disruption and the impact of computerisation and automation on employment outlook; technological and structural change in Australia’s labour market; ways in which Australia could develop its capacity to adapt to industry transformation through innovation; and opportunities for young people to seek out future skills and higher learning. Could a robot do your job? How can we innovate in order to meet the demands of our working future?

Chapter 1: The future workplace

Chapter 2: Career trends in the future

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:25:03 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Organic and Genetically Modified Food]]> /books/organic-and-genetically-modified-food/ Increasingly, Australians are caring more about the origins and values of the foods they consume. This book addresses two often misunderstood agricultural production methods – organic and genetically modified food. Organic food is grown and produced without using synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and artificial fertilisers; so what are the actual ethical, environmental and nutritional differences between organic and conventionally-produced food? Are organics healthier? Genetic modification is a science-driven crop and animal breeding method which has attracted controversy and confusion in recent years. Which foods are GM in Australia, how are they labelled and regulated, and are there any proven environmental or health-related side-effects? This book serves you up an abundance of information with which to make more informed food choices.

Chapter 1: Organic food in Australia

Chapter 2: Genetically modified food in Australia

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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<![CDATA[News: New releases April 2016]]> /news/new-releases-april-2016/ Web Graphic News April 2016

These new 'Issues in Society' titles (print and Digital Editions) are now available to order for your reference library:

Housing Affordability (Volume 400)

Marijuana and Health (Volume 401)

The Abortion Rights Debate (Volume 402)

Waste Recycling and Energy Saving (Volume 403)

The Global Refugee Crisis (Volume 404)

Digital Editions download links for Volumes 400-404 will be emailed to all relevant subscribers during the first week of May.

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<![CDATA[News: 2016 subscriptions available now]]> /news/2016-subscriptions-available-now/ Subscribe now with fingers

A range of print and digital subscription options are available – only direct from The Spinney Press, and at the same price for three years running.

Visit the Subscriptions page on this website for full details on all your print and digital options.

Not sure if you have already renewed your subscription? Please contact The Spinney Press to confirm your subscription status.

2016 release dates

25 January 2016 – Volumes 395-399
20 April 2016 – Volumes 400-404
25 July 2016 – Volumes 405-409

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:15:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: From the editor]]> /news/from-the-editor/ Editorial

The team at The Spinney Press has been busy producing a new round of topical Issues in Society releases and also adding new features onto the website.

April 2016 titles just released

The latest April 2016 titles reflect a fascinating mix of updated and topical issues across a range of contemporary topics.

Recent upward shifts in the housing market over the past few years have made Housing Affordability a major issue, especially for younger Australians. What are the economic and social costs involved in putting a roof over your head – and who is missing out?

Recent controversial changes in federal legislation to allow marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes has renewed the nation's focus on Marijuana and Health. What exactly are the harms of recreational marijuana use? What are the potential medicinal benefits in relation to relieving suffering for people with chronic and terminal illness? And what are the legal obstacles in Australia to introducing medicinal use, while at the same time banning it from recreational use and supply? Can cannabis help as much as it can harm?

The Abortion Rights Debate brings up a challenging array of legal and ethical issues in relation to unplanned pregnancy. What are the opposing arguments in response to the availability and timing of surgical and non-surgical abortion, the health and circumstances of the expectant mother, fetal abnormalities, the status of the fetus, and the conscientious objections of medical practitioners? Whose rights should prevail?

Waste Recycling and Energy Saving are two ways we can be better environmental citizens, avoid creating excess waste and be more efficient with our power consumption. This book is a handy guide on how we can all live more sustainably by applying the most effective approaches to better manage our household waste and energy use. Learn how to be a better sustainable consumer and reduce your carbon footprint.

The Global Refugee Crisis is an unavoidable feature on the nightly news. Worldwide displacement from wars, conflict, and persecution is at the highest level ever recorded, and it continues to accelerate – almost 60 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2014. What is a refugee, why are their numbers increasing, and what are better-off countries like Australia doing to respond to this growing global crisis?

Digital Editions for schools

Are you ready to finally add digital to your print collection? Or would you like some ideas on how to host your existing Digital Editions titles, or better utilise their interactive functions?

All your questions are answered in the new Q&A, Troubleshooting and Interactive functions sections on the E-books section of our website.

How to promote your Issues in Society collection

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Our new Book promotions for librarians webpage now offers downloadable and printable full-colour materials to help you to promote your Issues in Society collection to library patrons, students and staff.

Downloads include:

  • A4 library posters – listed alphabetically by title, numerically by volume/ISBN, and by general topic category
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The Spinney Press always welcomes suggestions for new or updated topics for possible inclusion in the Issues in Society series. You can direct your content suggestions, or any other feedback, via our website at www.spinneypress.com.au/contact/ or email enquiries@spinneypress.com.au

Yours editorially,
Justin Healey
April 2016

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:00:00 EST
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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:30:00 EST
<![CDATA[Book: The Global Refugee Crisis]]> /books/the-global-refugee-crisis/ Worldwide displacement from wars, conflict, and persecution is at the highest level ever recorded by the UNHCR, and it continues to accelerate. Almost 60 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2014; alarmingly, over half of the world’s refugees are children. One in every 122 humans worldwide is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum – if this were a nation’s population, it would be the world’s 24th most populous. The war in Syria, currently the world’s single largest driver of displacement, has forced millions into neighbouring countries and throughout Europe, in the process challenging border security and nations’ capacity and willingness to help. What is a refugee, and why are their numbers increasing? What are better-off countries doing to respond to this growing global crisis? What are Australia’s human rights obligations to asylum seekers in relation to immigration detention and ‘stopping the boats’? This book explores global refugee trends, and discusses Australia’s response to the plight of asylum seekers and refugees. In our practically borderless global society, how should Australia play its part in dealing with this unprecedented humanitarian crisis?

Chapter 1: Global refugee trends

Chapter 2: Australia’s response to the refugee crisis

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:22:42 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Waste Recycling and Energy Saving]]> /books/waste-recycling-and-energy-saving/ Australians dispose of about 21 million tonnes of household waste per year. Although we have made general improvements in our waste disposal habits over recent years, there is always more we can do to reduce, reuse and recycle. And in an age when avoiding rising energy consumption (and costs) is integral to reducing emissions-related impacts on climate change, many Australians are becoming more interested in exploring how to conserve their energy use. What are the best ways we can avoid creating excess waste and at the same time become more efficient with our power consumption? This book is a handy guide on how we can all live more sustainably by applying the most effective approaches to better manage our household waste and energy use. Learn how to become a sustainable consumer and reduce your carbon footprint.

Chapter 1: Household waste and recycling

Chapter 2: Household energy use and conservation

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:18:57 EST
<![CDATA[Book: The Abortion Rights Debate]]> /books/the-abortion-rights-debate/ Abortion rights address the circumstances under which a woman may obtain a legal abortion in a specific jurisdiction. It is a divisive issue as the rights debate frequently raises ethical and practical discussions in relation to the law, morality, science, medicine, sexuality, autonomy, religion and politics. This book considers the options that are presented with an unplanned pregnancy, and how these options relate to a number of ethical concerns and legal safeguards internationally, and more specifically, in Australia. What are the various ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ arguments in response to the availability and timing of surgical and non-surgical abortion, the health and circumstances of the expectant mother, fetal abnormalities, the status of the fetus, and the conscientious objections of medical practitioners? Whose rights should prevail?

Chapter 1: Abortion and the law

Chapter 2: Views in the abortion rights debate

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:14:42 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Marijuana and Health]]> /books/marijuana-and-health/ Cannabis, or marijuana, is the most widely used illegal drug in Australia, especially by young people. Marijuana is a potent and complex drug with a number of properties which can have applications for both recreational and medical purposes. This drug’s various side-effects include damage to physical and mental health and dependence. What exactly are the harms of recreational marijuana use, and how are its use, cultivation, and possession currently dealt with under Australian laws? What are the potential medicinal benefits in relation to relieving suffering for people with chronic and terminal illness? And what are the legal obstacles in Australia to introducing medicinal use, while at the same time banning it from recreational use and supply? This book explores the facts about cannabis use, looking at the drug’s known side-effects and potential medical benefits. Can cannabis help as much as it can harm?

Chapter 1: How marijuana affects health

Chapter 2: Medical cannabis debate

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:10:58 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Housing Affordability]]> /books/housing-affordability/ The ‘great Australian dream’ is a belief that home ownership can personally lead to a better life and long-term financial security. Although this standard of living is already enjoyed by many, rising housing prices compared to average wages are making it increasingly difficult for others to achieve this dream, especially for those living in large cities. The affordability of housing in Australia is a major concern for many people. High house prices and rents are often beyond the reach of younger people in particular. What are the facts about housing in Australia – how do factors like low-interest home loans, tax breaks such as negative gearing, immigration and foreign investment impact on inequality in the housing market? This book presents the latest information on housing affordability and supply, and explores possible ways Australia can tackle housing unaffordability. What are the economic and social costs involved in putting a roof over your head?

Chapter 1: Housing affordability and supply

Chapter 2: Tackling housing unaffordability

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:07:50 EST
<![CDATA[News: July 2015 releases]]> /news/new-releases-july-2015/ july 2015 new releases

These new 'Issues in Society' titles (print and Digital Editions) are now available to order for your reference library:

Corruption (Volume 390)

Surrogacy Issues (Volume 391)

Dealing with Depression (Volume 392)

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse (Volume 393)

Advertising Standards and Ethics (Volume 394)

2016 SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! Visit the Subscriptions page for more information.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[News: 2016 subscriptions out now]]> /news/2016-subscriptions-out-now/ subscribe now

A range of print and digital subscription options are available – only direct from The Spinney Press.

It's time to renew for the 2016 Issues in Society subscriptions, which are available again at the same prices as this year.

Current subscribers will receive their renewal invoices with the last book delivery of the year (Volumes 390-394, released mid-July).

Visit the Subscriptions page on this website for full details on all your print and digital options, or contact The Spinney Press if you require any additional information.

PS: For those customers who have not yet gotten around to renewing their 2015 subscription, it's not too late to do so, however we don't want you to miss out … please renew now!

2016 release dates

25 January 2016 – Volumes 395-399
20 April 2016 – Volumes 400-404
25 July 2016 – Volumes 405-409

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:30:00 EST
<![CDATA[Book: The Death Penalty Debate]]> /books/the-death-penalty-debate/ While the number of executions worldwide is decreasing, some countries are continuing to execute hundreds of prisoners every year – more than 19,000 people are currently estimated to be on death row worldwide. In less than 40 years, 124 countries have abolished the death penalty. Although no one has been executed in Australia since 1967, Australians’ attitudes regarding the death penalty are still mixed. The recent execution of Australians in Indonesia has brought home the human impacts of state-sanctioned killing. What are the arguments for and against capital punishment? Are there ever exceptions for the worst offenders? Does the death penalty prevent or deter crime? What is Australia doing diplomatically to encourage other states towards abolition? This book looks at the death penalty and its legal abolition worldwide, and explores a range of arguments and attitudes towards capital punishment in Australia and abroad. Can the death penalty ever be applied fairly? Whose right is it, if anyone’s, to decide death over life?

Chapter 1: Global abolition of capital punishment

Chapter 2: Attitudes towards the death penalty

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:21:33 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Ocean Conservation and Management]]> /books/ocean-conservation-and-management/ Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface and contain a diverse array of species, habitats and ecosystems. As many as 100 million species live in our oceans, contributing to a rich biodiversity far exceeding that found on land. Marine extinction risk has ramped up rapidly in the past 50 years, to converge upon the level of risk seen on land. People use and benefit from oceans and coasts in a number of important ways – through recreational activities, coastal living, tourism, fishing, shipping, and exploiting reserves of oil, gas and minerals found beneath the sea floor in many parts of the world. What are the human and climate change-related impacts on Australia’s fragile ocean ecology and marine habitats? Which species are most at risk? How is Australia conserving its rich marine environment, including the unique Great Barrier Reef? This book presents the latest key information on Australia’s ocean conservation and management approaches, fisheries and seafood sustainability, and reef management and marine pollution. Are our current efforts to preserve the treasures of our mostly aquatic planet only amounting to a mere drop in the ocean?

Chapter 1: Marine protection

Chapter 2: Fisheries management and seafood sustainability

Chapter 3: Climate change, reef management and marine pollution

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:21:24 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Food Safety]]> /books/food-safety/ Food safety is the concept that food will not cause harm to the consumer when prepared and/or eaten according to its intended use. In Australia we rely on food safety standards to protect us from foodborne illness and food poisoning caused by poor handling, contamination, storage and temperature issues. Who is responsible for food safety in Australia? What can we do ourselves as cooks and consumers to minimise exposure to food poisoning? This book is a comprehensive guide featuring food safety tips on handling, hygiene and contamination. The book also explains symptoms, causes and labelling information in relation to food allergies, additives and intolerances. You are what you eat – ensure you eat food in the knowledge it is safe.

Chapter 1: Food Handling. hygiene and poisoning

Chapter 2: Food additives, allergies and intolerances

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:21:15 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Marriage and Partnership]]> /books/marriage-and-partnership/ Is the institution of marriage still relevant to contemporary Australians? We are spending less time within the institution of marriage because we are marrying later, and not necessarily remaining married for life. The proportion of separated or divorced Australians has remained stable over the past decade, while the continuing increase in cohabiting offsets the continuing decrease in those living together in marriage. As a result, the overall proportion of Australians living in any kind of residential partnership has remained steady at around 60 per cent over the past decade. Why do people get married, and why do many choose de facto partnerships, which is often a pathway to marriage? Where do same-sex unions fit into the picture? Are de facto relationships more unstable than marriages? This book explores marriage and partnering trends in Australia, and offers some general advice on how to overcome relationship difficulties and successfully work at lasting couple relationships. For better or worse, marriage remains relevant to most Australians, at some stage in their lives.

Chapter 1: Marriage and Partnering Trends

Chapter 2: Lasting Couple Relationships

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:21:07 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Australia's Population Growth]]> /books/australias-population-growth/ In recent years there has been recurrent debate in Australia over how big or small the nation’s population should be in the future. Changes in the combination of increased birth rates and net overseas migration can greatly impact on the size and age structure of the population, at a time when more Australians are increasingly living longer. Current trends and policies involving population growth, particularly in relation to immigration intake, will have a major impact on Australia’s future sustainability and quality of life. This book features the latest statistical projections and analyses for Australia’s population size and examines recent intergenerational findings from government. The book also presents a range of views in the population debate from an economic, environmental and social perspective. Do we want or need a ‘big Australia’? Does size really matter?

Chapter 1: Australia's Population Projections

Chapter 2: Challenges of Population Ageing

Chapter 3: The Population Debate

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:20:55 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Advertising Standards and Ethics]]> /books/advertising-standards-and-ethics/ Advertising in its various forms has a powerful impact on Australian society. It not only influences the public’s consumer preferences; it also helps shape society’s values. Advertising is self-regulated in Australia, however the industry is subject to a range of media codes and standards. What are these standards, and who do consumers complain to if they encounter inappropriate or unethical marketing practices on television, radio or in the growing digital media space? This book explores a range of ethical issues in advertising, such as false and misleading claims. The book also focuses on children’s exposure to sports sponsorship, sexualised images, and the marketing of junk food, alcohol and gambling. What happens when advertisers’ claims and products don’t always align with prevailing community values and attitudes?

Chapter 1: Advertising standards

Chapter 2: Marketing to children and young people

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:11:18 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Tackling Child Sexual Abuse]]> /books/tackling-child-sexual-abuse/ Child sexual abuse occurs when an adult, adolescent or child uses their power or authority to involve a child in sexual activity. Child sexual abuse can cause significant physical and emotional harm to a child, which lasts into adulthood. Female and male survivors of child sexual abuse are increasingly speaking out about their traumatic experiences and the betrayal of trust by offenders. What are the myths and misunderstandings about child sexual abuse? What forms does it take? What are the behavioural signs to look out for in children and perpetrators? How do you report your concerns or personal experiences of abuse? The book explores the prevalence, forms and impacts of child sexual abuse, and the responses to disclosure of child abuse by children and survivors. How can society break the silence, bring perpetrators to light, and better protect our children?

Chapter 1: Prevalence and impacts of child sexual abuse

Chapter 2: Responding to child sexual abuse

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:11:05 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Dealing with Depression]]> /books/dealing-with-depression/ Are you, or someone you know, experiencing low moods? One in five women and one in eight men will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression is often not recognised and can persist for months or even years if left unaddressed. Depression is treatable and effective treatments are available. Dealing with depression early can help you address problems quickly and avoid symptoms becoming worse. So what are the signs and symptoms of depression? This book examines the myths and explains the facts in relation to the major types of depression, and offers helpful general advice on diagnosis, treatment and management from trusted mental health organisations. Learn to find ways to beat the blues and deal with depression.

Chapter 1: Understanding depression

Chapter 2: Diagnosis, treatment and management

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:10:54 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Surrogacy Issues]]> /books/surrogacy-issues/

Surrogacy arrangements are complex and can involve a range of social, emotional, medical, financial and legal issues. Within Australia, only altruistic surrogacy is allowed, however Australians are increasingly accessing compensated surrogacy arrangements overseas in places such as Thailand, India and the US. State-based laws in Australia prohibiting commercial surrogacy do not appear to deter most people from the considerable expense and risk incurred in accessing it internationally. This book explains altruistic surrogacy and the law in Australia, and explores a range of concerns raised in response to the growing international commercial surrogacy industry. Should commercial surrogacy be legalised, and in the process better regulated? What are the rights of the surrogate mother and the child?

Chapter 1: Surrogacy and the law in Australia

Chapter 2: International and commercial surrogacy

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:10:41 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Corruption]]> /books/corruption/ While there is no universal definition of ‘corruption’, the term is generally understood to include bribery, extortion, embezzlement, money laundering, illicit enrichment, and abuse of functions, position or influence. Globally, corruption is a serious and widespread crime undermining democratic institutions, jeopardising economic development, and threatening the security and stability of governments. In Australia, barely a day goes by when the media does not report corrupt behaviour in political parties, the public sector, trade unions, sports bodies and companies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Australia has slipped in Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index. This book explores the extent and impacts of corruption worldwide, and examines the latest anti-corruption efforts in Australia. Corruption can be prosecuted after the fact, but first and foremost, it requires prevention. How do we detect and deal with greed and graft?

Chapter 1: Global corruption

Chapter 2: Anti-corruption in Australia

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:10:22 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Young Drivers and Road Safety]]> /books/young-drivers-and-road-safety/ Although there has been a sustained reduction in Australia’s national road death toll over recent years, young people are still over-represented in road fatality and injury statistics, particularly young males. Young drivers continue to engage in a range of dangerous on-road behaviours, including drink and drug driving, speeding, aggressive driving, driver fatigue, mobile phone use and distraction. This book presents the latest statistics and reports on road safety rates and attitudes in Australia and examines the risk behaviours of young drivers. The book is aimed at educating young people and learner drivers, and contains a range of advice on how to avoid risks and increase road safety and awareness.

Chapter 1: Road safety rates and attitudes

Chapter 2: Young drivers and risk behaviours

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:59:53 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Animal Rights and Welfare]]> /books/animal-rights-and-welfare/ The treatment and welfare of animals is an ongoing and contentious debate driven by legal and ethical questions arising over the way in which humans exploit animals for a range of uses. Do humans treat animals humanely enough? What is the difference between animal rights and animal welfare? This book explores the ethical distinctions between animal rights and animal welfare, which includes the debated concepts of sentience and ‘speciesism’. Do human beings have authority over animals on the basis of their perceived differences in relation to self-awareness and suffering? A variety of views are presented in the debate over the way in which humans use and exploit animals for clothing, food (e.g. factory farming, live exports), scientific research, entertainment, sport and companionship.

Chapter 1: Animal rights and welfare explained

Chapter 2: Animal exploitation and use

Chapter 3: Animal experimentation

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:59:48 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Youth Unemployment]]> /books/youth-unemployment/ Currently, young people are more likely to be underemployed than at any time in the last 36 years; the national unemployment rate among 15-24 year olds stands at around 14% – the highest rate since October 2001, and twice the overall jobless rate. The pool of entry-level jobs available is diminishing and the jobs available to young people are mostly casual, temporary or part-time. For an increasing number of vulnerable young people the basic goals of having a decently paid job and owning a home are becoming elusive. As employment opportunities are denied and government welfare benefits reduced, self-respect and dignity are eroded, and potential is lost. With no easy fix in sight, is job insecurity becoming the norm for many young Australians? This book presents the latest youth employment statistics and key report findings, and explores a range of government and social sector strategies aimed at tackling youth unemployment and underemployment.

Chapter 1: Youth unemployment in Australia

Chapter 2: Responding to youth unemployment

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:59:41 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Discussing Sexual Health]]> /books/discussing-sexual-health/ According to the latest National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health, teenagers claim sex education in schools is inadequate and focuses too much on biology instead of issues such as the emotional challenges of relationships, sexuality diversity, pleasure and consent. This book presents the latest information on sexual and reproductive health for young people, and includes key survey findings and advice on a range of safe sex behaviours relating to teenage relationships, sexual pressures and consent, contraception choices, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The book sensitively explores the most effective approaches to sexuality education for parents, teachers and students. How can teenagers be encouraged to learn positive sex education in the digital age?

Chapter 1: Young people and safe sex behaviours

Chapter 2: Effective approaches to sex education

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:59:35 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Crime and Violence]]> /books/crime-and-violence/ The prevalence of violent crime – which includes homicide, assault, sexual assault, robbery and kidnapping – can be difficult to measure, with the facts often obscured by fear. If regular media reports are to be believed, Australia is constantly in the midst of a violent crime wave; is this actually the case? Why are 18-24 year olds most at risk of being victims and perpetrators of violent crime? What are the effects of violence on victims? Alcohol-related violence is a complex issue explored in this book – do greater alcohol restrictions and the introduction of ‘one-punch’ laws and mandatory sentencing have an impact on violent street assaults? Is jailing offenders the most effective solution to reducing violence in society? This book presents the latest Australian statistics on recorded crime and victimisation rates and explores risks to personal safety, proposing a variety of responses to deal with violent crime.

Chapter 1: Personal crime victimisation and safety

Chapter 2: Responding to violent crime

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:59:29 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Religious Freedom and Discrimination]]> /books/religious-freedom-and-discrimination/ Religious freedom is a fundamental human right, safeguarded by the Australian Constitution; individuals are free to express a diversity of views, as long as they do not incite religious hatred. This book provides an overview of the latest trends in religious affiliation in Australia. The book also explores human rights and religion in Australian law, in response to recent calls for stronger legislative recognition and protection of religious freedoms, including exemptions from anti-discrimination laws. How much vilification is experienced by religious groups in Australia? Should faith-based organisations be allowed to discriminate to ‘avoid injury to religious sensitivities’? Is there enough separation between religion and the state, or should Australia’s government be more secular? Even in a modern and tolerant multi-faith society such as Australia, religious freedom is a complex and contested concept – where does the balance lie?

Chapter 1: Religion in Australia

Chapter 2: Freedom of religion and belief

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:01:27 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Fair Play and Integrity in Sport]]> /books/fair-play-and-integrity-in-sport/ Australians love playing and watching their sport. In our society, elite sportspeople are viewed as role models, however, an increasing incidence of sporting scandals is compromising sporting values and the spirit of competition, spurred on by commercial pressures to win at all costs. How should we prepare young Australians to make well-informed decisions in regard to enjoying and playing sport in a world seemingly rife with corruption, gambling, political power plays and poor sportsmanship? This book highlights the principles of fairness and integrity in sport and investigates the nature and extent of corruption and cheating in Australian and international sports. The book also tackles a number of concerns in relation to abuse and discrimination. How can elite athletes, players and sporting organisations play by the rules, and ensure we all have a sporting chance?

Chapter 1: Fairness and integrity in sport

Chapter 2: Corruption and cheating in sport

Chapter 3: Tackling discrimination in sport

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:58:48 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Income and Wealth Inequality]]> /books/income-and-wealth-inequality/ Australia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and has long prided itself on being an egalitarian society. However, there is a growing divide between those with the most and those with the least. Income inequality has grown as the minimum wage and unemployment benefits have failed to match the rise in average earnings, resulting in a divergence between low-income earners and average Australian wage earners. Current estimates indicate that senior executive pay is 150 times greater than average weekly earnings. In addition to income disparity, wealth in Australia is also unequally distributed, with household wealth being heavily skewed to ‘real assets’ – essentially, property ownership. How are income and wealth inequality measured in Australia, and what are the impacts of this rising inequality? Should we be trying harder to bridge the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’?

Chapter 1: Measuring income and wealth inequality

Chapter 2: Impacts of the wealth divide

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:56:03 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Online Safety]]> /books/online-safety/ Australians are increasingly connecting online through computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices to access the internet and social media. In the process, young people in particular are becoming more at risk of being exposed to fraud, identity theft, unauthorised access to personal information, stalking, harassment and exposure to illicit or offensive materials. This book presents a range of cybersafety tips to arm readers with an informed awareness of the risks online and offer advice on how to stay protected. A chapter in the book is specifically dedicated to understanding and dealing with the disturbing proliferation in cyberbullying. What are the practical ways in which we can safely communicate, access secure information and maintain healthy relationships online?

Chapter 1: Internet safety tips for young people

Chapter 2: Dealing with cyberbullying

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:53:11 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Obesity and Overweight]]> /books/obesity-and-overweight/ In the last three decades, obesity has increased in almost every country in the world, among adults and children alike. Globally, more than two billion people are now overweight or obese; among high-income countries, Australia and New Zealand have seen the greatest recent growth in obesity rates. This book presents an overview of Australia’s national weight problem, explaining how body weight is measured and highlighting the causes, health risks and costs of overweight and obesity. General advice is also offered on how to achieve and maintain healthy weight through balanced food intake, increased physical activity, and government policy approaches.

Chapter 1: Trends in overweight and obesity

Chapter 2: Causes and impacts of excess weight

Chapter 3: Healthy weight: food, activity and obesity policy

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:50:05 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Drug Law Reform Debate]]> /books/drug-law-reform-debate/ Illicit drug use in Australia is a significant justice, health, economic and social welfare issue. Relaxation of drug laws has been proposed by a number of reform groups, criminologists and commentators in response to concerns that existing government policies and criminal sanctions have been a failure. Opponents claim that such a relaxation of laws, including decriminalisation and legalisation, will remove the deterrent effect and increase drug use and unleash even greater drug-related problems into the community. This book examines the prevalence of illicit drug use, and presents a range of arguments in the drug policy reform debate. Should the law remain tough on drugs, or go softer on hard drugs?

Chapter 1: Illicit drugs and the law

Chapter 2: Drug policy reform debate

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:36:50 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity]]> /books/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity/ Sexual orientation and gender identity are separate, distinct parts of people’s overall identity. Equality and freedom from discrimination are human rights belonging to all people, however, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) people experience harassment and hostility in many areas of everyday life. Under recently enacted Australian law it is illegal to discriminate against a person on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. Same-sex couples are now also protected from discrimination under the definition of ‘marital or relationship status’. This book explores issues involving sexual orientation, gender diversity and intersex status; and explains what equality means for people who are often subjected to misunderstanding and homophobia.

Chapter 1: Sexual orientation, gender diversity and intersex

Chapter 2: LGBTI rights and discrimination

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:30:43 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Suicide Prevention]]> /books/suicide-prevention/ Suicide is a tragedy which touches many people. Each year around one million people commit suicide worldwide. These deaths can have lasting and devastating impacts on families and friends affected by suicide, as feelings of grief and loss are clouded by complex questions of life and death which remain unanswered. Deaths caused by suicide are however, preventable. Encouragingly, Australia’s suicide rate has decreased by 17% over the past decade, however suicide remains the leading cause of death among Australians 15-34 years of age. What are the risks and warning signs for people contemplating this devastating, final act? This book informs young people, parents and educators about suicide awareness, intervention and prevention. Life is worth living, help and support are at hand.

Chapter 1: Suicide prevalence and awareness

Chapter 2: Suicide intervention and prevention

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:24:57 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health]]> /books/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-health/ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live about 10 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. Since 2006, the ‘closing the gap’ campaign has been pursued in collaboration between government and health, welfare and rights agencies to try and close the health and life expectancy gap within a generation. The health disadvantages experienced by Indigenous Australians are shaped by history and the broader social and economic conditions in which they live; progress has been slow and mixed. This book evaluates the progress made towards closing the gap. How can Indigenous outcomes be improved across a range of key social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing?

Chapter 1: Health status of indigenous Australians

Chapter 2: Closing the gap in indigenous health

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:22:35 EST
<![CDATA[Book: The Climate Change Crisis]]> /books/the-climate-change-crisis/ Climate change is perhaps the defining issue of our time, yet its extent and impacts are called into doubt as we struggle to understand and accept climate science and agree on how to reduce emissions in order to deal with this looming global environmental crisis. The causes, consequences and costs of responding to climate change are subject to heated political debate in Australia and worldwide, in spite of a growing number of expert reports warning against the irreversible and catastrophic effects of dangerous climate change. This book presents the latest findings and projections, and examines what Australia and the rest of the world is doing to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. How much of global warming and extreme weather is human-induced? As we continue to weigh up the costs of action in relation to the risks, is it time to ask: are we leaving it too late to effectively tackle climate change?

Chapter 1: Causes and impacts of climate change

Chapter 2: Responding to climate change

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:13:23 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Gender Discrimination and Inequality]]> /books/gender-discrimination-and-inequality/ Gender equality is achieved when people are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of whether they are a woman or a man. Many countries, including Australia, have made real progress towards gender equality in recent decades in areas such as education. However, Australian women continue to earn less than men, are less likely to advance in their careers, and are more likely to spend their later years living in poverty. This book examines key gender inequality issues, including sex discrimination, human rights and the law; women in leadership roles; and gender equality at work. What is Australia doing to close the gender gap?

Chapter 1: Gender equality, human rights and the law

Chapter 2: Women in leadership

Chapter 3: Gender equality at work

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:52:56 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Australia's Political System]]> /books/australias-political-system/ Since 1901, Australia has been governed as a parliamentary democracy represented by a federation of states under one federal government. The last federal election has brought renewed public focus on the electoral process. The rise of minor parties and independent politicians has shifted the balance of power as the major political parties and voters contend with a complex political landscape involving special interests and preference deals. This book presents an overview of the structure and functions of Australia’s government, and explains how voting systems work. The book also explores a broad range of proposed federal electoral reforms. How can politics in this country be improved?

Chapter 1: The Australian political system

Chapter 2: Federal election reform issues

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:48:10 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Positive Body Image]]> /books/positive-body-image/ Body image describes the perception that a person has of his or her physical appearance. Body image can be influenced by a complex interaction of factors ranging between a person’s individual thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviours regarding their own body, and their perception of what counts as the ideal body within their own social and cultural environment, and in the media. Disordered eating, body dysmorphic disorder, over-exercise and cosmetic surgery can all be manifestations of unhealthy body image. This book explains body dissatisfaction and eating issues, including eating disorders. The book also focuses on developing ways of improving body image, particularly in children and young people.

Chapter 1: Body image and eating issues

Chapter 2: Improving body image

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:43:56 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Children Living in Poverty]]> /books/children-living-in-poverty/ The number of people living in extreme poverty around the world has sharply declined over the past three decades, however it currently still includes about 400 million children, or one third of those living in such abysmal conditions. Nearly 600,000 children in Australia are estimated to be living in poverty; half are in sole parent families. What are the various absolute and relative measures of poverty and deprivation – including extreme poverty and hunger – for children in developing regions and in economically advanced countries? What are the causes and effects of poverty on children’s health, development and wellbeing? What can be done to give impoverished children a better chance in life? This book examines the prevalence and problems of child poverty from a global and an Australian perspective.

Chapter 1: Global child poverty

Chapter 2: Child poverty in Australia

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:38:57 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Racial Prejudice and Discrimination]]> /books/racial-prejudice-and-discrimination/ Cultural diversity is central to Australia’s national identity, however many Australians regularly experience racism. Racism exists in many forms – offensive jokes and comments; name-calling and verbal abuse; harassment and intimidation; and media commentary which encourages hostility towards certain groups of people. Racist attitudes are common in the form of unconscious bias, intolerance and prejudice; at its worst, racial discrimination manifests in violence and abuse. What is the extent of racism in Australia; what are its causes and impacts? How does racism exclude certain groups of people from full and fair participation in our society? This book explains people’s rights under racial discrimination and hatred laws, and explores ways in which we can all address racist attitudes and behaviours together as one people.

Chapter 1: Racism and the law

Chapter 2: Addressing racial prejudice

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:34:16 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Water Resources and Rights]]> /books/water-resources-and-rights/ The management of river systems and water usage has enormous impacts on Australia’s economy, environment and way of life. This book focuses on the current state of Australia’s water resources in relation to water management, availability and quality. Water Resources and Rights also explains recently introduced national water regulation reforms and plans to save the struggling Murray-Darling Basin. How do we strike a balance between sustainable environmental flows, water allocations and trading rights?

Chapter 1: Water resource and rights

Chapter 2: Water management and reform

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:17:13 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Free Trade and Globalisation]]> /books/free-trade-and-globalisation/ Globalisation and trade liberalisation has significantly altered Australia’s trading environment over the past thirty or so years. Historically, Australia used forms of protection such as tariffs and subsidies to raise the price of imports and keep domestic industries competitive, thereby adding to the cost of living as everyone paid extra to support these industries. However, since the 1980s Australia and many of the world’s economies have implemented substantial reductions in trade barriers. This book provides an overview of Australia’s trade performance and free trade agreements. What are the effects of increased trade liberalisation on Australia and developing countries? A range of opinions is also presented regarding Australia’s free trade practices. Do the benefits of globalisation outweigh its negative impacts? What are the advantages and disadvantages of free trade versus protectionism? Is free trade actually fair?

Chapter 1: Australia's trade policy

Chapter 2: Globalisation and the free trade debate

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:08:16 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Understanding Anxiety]]> /books/understanding-anxiety/ Everyone experiences anxiety sometimes. Normal levels of anxiety can assist people to become more motivated and focused, however excessive levels of anxiety can reduce a person’s capacity to respond appropriately to stressful situations and engage in normal routine activities. Anxiety disorders are the most common class of mental disorder. According to findings from the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, one in seven Australians had an anxiety disorder in the previous 12 months. This book clearly explains the major anxiety disorders and presents advice on how to manage and overcome anxiety when it becomes a problem. What are the signs, symptoms and treatments for anxiety?

Chapter 1: Understanding anxiety and its prevalence

Chapter 2: Anxiety disorders explained

Chapter 3: Anxiety treatment and management

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Indigenous Rights]]> /books/indigenous-rights/ There is still much to be done to close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of the population in terms of social and economic development, culture, land, education, health, justice and human rights. This book looks at the progress of key rights issues confronting Australia’s indigenous peoples, including historical civil rights milestones; land rights and native title; Reconciliation and the apology to the Stolen Generations; indigenous governance and self-determination; and constitutional recognition. Indigenous Rights also examines the government policy aimed at closing the gap in health and life expectancy, and human rights concerns over the ongoing federal intervention in Northern Territory communities. How should this nation right the wrongs visited upon the first Australians?

Chapter 1: Recognising indigenous rights

Chapter 2: The intervention and closing the gap

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:47:08 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Domestic and Family Violence]]> /books/domestic-and-family-violence/ Domestic violence refers to acts of violence that occur between people in an intimate relationship in domestic settings; family violence is a broader term referring to violence between family members as well as violence between intimate partners. These violent acts include physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse. This book reveals the prevalence and causes of domestic and family violence, and explains ways of dealing with domestic abuse. Domestic violence is more than a crime, it is an abuse of power by someone in a position of trust. Are you safe in your own home?

Chapter 1: Understanding domestic and family violence

Chapter 2: Dealing with domestic and family violence

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:39:07 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Doping and Drugs in Sport]]> /books/doping-and-drugs-in-sport/ The use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in elite sport, known as 'doping', is hidden in nature and increasingly widespread. Recent local and international doping scandals involving professional cyclists and football players have brought the issue of drugs in sport under greater scrutiny. Catching drug cheats is essential if sports are to be conducted fairly and if harmful health effects from drug abuse are to be avoided. A number of sports are plagued by suspicions that many top athletes resort to drug-taking to enhance their performance through the use of such substances as anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, erythropoietin (EPO), beta-blockers, stimulants and diuretics. This book examines anti-doping regulation in Australia and globally, and presents a range of opinions on the ethics of drugs in sport. Elite sports people are always seeking a competitive edge, to break records and win, sometimes at an ethical cost. What substances and methods are considered doping, and how can regulation and testing ensure all athletes have a sporting chance? Should drug cheats continue to be punished for doping, or should doping be made legal?

Chapter 1: Performance-enhancing drugs and anti-doping

Chapter 2: Ethics of drugs in sports

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:51:43 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Youth Crime]]> /books/youth-crime/ Young people aged between 15 and 19 years commit three times more offences than any other members of the Australian population. Certain types of offences are committed disproportionately by young people; juveniles are more likely than adults to come to the attention of police, for a variety of reasons. Compared to adults, young people are also more at risk of a range of problems conducive to offending, including mental health problems, alcohol and other drug use, and peer pressure due to their immaturity and reliance on peer networks. What makes juvenile offenders different from adult offenders? When should children be responsible for their crimes? What kinds of diversionary measures are available to keep young offenders from detention and reduce the likelihood of re-offending into adulthood? This book presents the latest statistics on young offenders. It also provides an overview of the juvenile justice system in Australia, including current trends in the detention and diversion of young offenders.

Chapter 1: Crime and young people

Chapter 2: Young offenders and the criminal justice system

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:45:41 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Threatened Species]]> /books/threatened-species/ The health of the world’s biodiversity is under considerable threat, and Australia is no exception, with more than 2,000 Australian species featuring on the latest annual Red List of Threatened Species. Twenty per cent of Australia’s wildlife is now classified as threatened. Australia’s biodiversity is unique and globally significant. Australia is home to many endemic species of plants and animals which are under increasing threat from multiple fronts, including habitat degradation from human activity, native vegetation clearance, deterioration of water and soil quality, increased dryland salinity, the spread of feral pests and weeds, and climate change. This book examines the global rate of species extinction, and explains the importance of biodiversity conservation. What are Australia’s most endangered species? What legal and practical measures is Australia taking to conserve its threatened species? Is the planet on the brink of an extinction crisis?

Chapter 1: The global extinction crisis

Chapter 2: Threatened species in Australia

Chapter 3: Biodiversity conservation in Australia

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:41:29 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Physical Activity and Fitness]]> /books/physical-activity-and-fitness/ Physical activity is a key factor in maintaining good health and fitness. Being physically active has a number of significant health benefits, including chronic disease risk reduction, helping in the control of body weight and improving mental wellbeing. There has been a decline in physical activity over recent decades due to the sedentary nature of many forms of work, changes in transportation and increased ‘screen time’. A lack of regular physical activity and related overweight and obesity is associated with an increased risk of mortality and morbidity from certain cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart and vascular diseases. Physical inactivity has been ranked second only to tobacco smoking, in terms of the burden of disease and injury from risk factors in Australia. Globally, physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for mortality. This book reveals the extent of participation in physical activity by Australians, and explores ways of overcoming sedentary behaviour and inactivity through appropriate forms of exercise to suit your age and situation. Are you active enough?

Chapter 1: Participation in physical activity

Chapter 2: Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour

Chapter 3: Exercise and fitness

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:31:55 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Age Discrimination]]> /books/age-discrimination/ Australians of all ages have a human right to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as everyone else. In spite of such rights, age discrimination still occurs widely in Australia. People are often treated unfavourably because of their age, or because of assumptions made about people of that age. Common examples of age discrimination include preferring to hire younger over older workers regardless of their competence, refusing to consider job applications from people over pension age, or sacking younger workers once they reach the age when adult wages will apply. There needs to be a huge shift in attitudes towards older workers, as Australia’s population ages and in the process faces growing skills shortages. Workplaces need to learn to value the skills and experience of older workers. This book examines the growing size of Australia’s ageing population and the issues older people face in relation to participation in society and specifically in the workforce. What barriers do older Australians face, and what positive steps can be taken to eliminate age discrimination?

Chapter 1: Ageing and discrimination

Chapter 2: Age discrimination at work

Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index

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Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:26:41 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Voluntary Euthanasia Debate]]> /books/voluntary-euthanasia-debate/ Euthanasia has been illegal in Australia since the federal government overturned short-lived Northern Territory laws in 1996. Despite it being a crime to assist in euthanasia, prosecutions have been rare. Four decades’ worth of opinion polls have shown that a majority of Australians appear to support the legal option of aid-in-dying for those suffering intolerably and without relief near the end of life. Although a significant number of countries and US states have legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide in recent years, Australian federal and state governments have continued to debate the political, legal and ethical implications of legalised voluntary euthanasia. What are the many ethical, religious and practical arguments asserted by those who champion the ‘right to life’ as opposed to those who assert the ‘right to choose’ when and how to die? Can palliative care always provide adequate pain relief? If legalised, could voluntary euthanasia be the ‘slippery slope’ that leads to involuntary or non-voluntary euthanasia? Is voluntary euthanasia dignity in dying, assisted suicide, or homicide? This book presents a range of considered opinions from Australia’s medical profession and opposing pro-life and pro-euthanasia lobby groups.

Chapter 1: Euthanasia, the law and end-of-life issues

Chapter 2: Opinions opposed to euthanasia

Chapter 3: Opinions in favour of euthanasia

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:32:22 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Single Parent Families]]> /books/single-parent-families/ One in five Australian families with children under 15 years of age is now headed by a single parent, and the numbers are growing. Relationship breakdown, unexpected pregnancy, death – the reasons for single parent households are clear, but the challenges can be varied and complex. Lone parenting is different in a number of ways to being in a two-parent household and it can have its difficulties. This book explores the changes and challenges for the parents and children of single parent households, and confronts the myths about single parent families. In particular, the book addresses the emotional impacts, financial costs and the issue of welfare dependency. How do we support children and young people through separation and divorce? Although most single parents are mothers, shared care time is now becoming an increasingly common arrangement – what is the involvement of fathers in raising their children? How do you get the balance right in co-parenting arrangements, for the wellbeing of both parents and their children?

Chapter 1: Single parent families in Australia

Chapter 2: Separation and shared care issues

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:26:19 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Fossil Fuels]]> /books/fossil-fuels/ Fossil fuels are non-renewable resources which form over millions of years. Global reserves are being depleted faster than new ones are being made. Aside from diminishing availability and rising costs, the production and use of fossil fuels raises environmental concerns. As a major producer of coal, oil and gas, Australia is heavily reliant on fossil fuels, which have underpinned Australia’s energy and industrial sectors for the past century. Growing household energy consumption is an important contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, particularly because of Australia’s reliance on coal for electricity generation. While coal and gas are the lowest cost fuel sources for electricity in Australia, they have much higher greenhouse gas emissions than renewable energy sources. What steps is Australia taking to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and increase energy efficiency and sustainability? This book examines Australia’s non-renewable and renewable energy resources and production, and energy consumption and costs. What is the controversial role of coal seam gas in our energy mix? Will ‘peak oil’ force the globe to eventually adapt to petroleum-free alternatives such as hydrogen for transport fuel? What is the future of fossil fuels, and how is Australia going to power itself through to the next century?

Chapter 1: Australia's energy production and consumption

Chapter 2: The future of fossil fuels

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:19:11 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Drugs and Addiction]]> /books/drugs-and-addiction/ The use of legal and illicit drugs is widespread in Australia, however for a significant number of people, substance use can lead to addiction, also known as dependence. Many people become dependent on a drug, and they feel that they cannot function without it. They may spend a lot of their time and energy finding and using the drug. They may also need to take increasing amounts to get the same effects, and experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using it. Addiction is a physical and/or psychological need to use a substance; some substances are more addictive than others, and some users are more likely to become addicted to a substance depending on mental, physical and lifestyle factors. This book examines the extent of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug abuse in Australia. The book also explores the facts about substance addiction, including how to identify signs of dependency and respond to the negative effects of addiction. What kind of help is available to young people dealing with drug and alcohol dependence?

Chapter 1: Drug abuse and addiction

Chapter 2: Dealing with drug and alcohol dependence

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Fri, 21 Dec 2012 10:54:04 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Ethical Consumerism]]> /books/ethical-consumerism/ Australians live in a consumer society. It can be easy to ignore the fact that every purchase we make has an impact – financially, socially and environmentally. Being an ethical shopper means making conscious choices about what we consume, and how if affects our world. Do we choose low-cost, high-convenience and unnecessary consumption over environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility and actual need? Do the products we purchase harm other humans, animals or the environment? Are the people who produce them working in decent conditions? How can consumers influence producers and retailers to supply products free of exploitation? Ultimately, there are no right or wrong buying decisions, just better or worse purchases according to what you value. Being an ethical consumer means becoming an informed one, and then making big or small decisions which can make a difference. This book explores a range of issues involving ethical choices for conscious consumers to consider.

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Fri, 21 Dec 2012 10:42:03 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Media Ethics and Regulation]]> /books/media-ethics-and-regulation/ The media landscape is changing rapidly. In this new digital age, the mass media is undergoing major structural changes in how it delivers news, information and entertainment in Australia and around the globe. Media organisations are reconfiguring their business models, as newspapers migrate online and television competes directly with online content. The press in particular is now under the spotlight in Australia and abroad with a number of major government inquiries and reviews. This book presents a current overview of the state of Australia’s media and explores a broad range of concerns, including: ethics and accountability; media ownership, control and editorial independence; freedom of the press; the government’s regulatory responses to convergence; and advertising and journalistic standards, classifications and codes of ethics. In a time of increased global competition and free content, is self-regulation by Australia’s financially struggling media organisations providing adequate scrutiny and quality control?

Chapter 1: Media ethics and accountability

Chapter 2: Media ownership and convergence

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:46:53 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Asylum Seekers and Immigration Detention]]> /books/asylum-seekers-and-immigration-detention/ The record rate of unauthorised and unsafe boat arrivals on Australian shores has further fuelled the longstanding asylum seeker debate and prompted the federal government to seek an effective solution to a seemingly intractable border control problem. The government’s recent policy backdown which resulted in the reintroduction of offshore processing for asylum seekers while at the same increasing the annual refugee intake, has drawn both praise and condemnation. Should Australia ‘turn back the boats’ of the so-called ‘queue jumpers’ to deter the unsafe and unscrupulous practices of people smugglers? Should Australia maintain offshore processing in other countries such as Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island), or process asylum seekers onshore in Australia? What are Australia’s obligations to asylum seekers under the Refugee Convention and under its own laws? Is the practice of prolonged mandatory detention adding further trauma to the lives of people who may have already fled from desperate situations in their homelands?

Chapter 1: Australia’s obligations to asylum seekers

Chapter 2: Immigration detention in Australia

Chapter 3: Offshore processing policy debate

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:42:55 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Same-sex Marriage Debate]]> /books/same-sex-marriage-debate/ Same-sex marriages are currently not permitted under Australian federal law. Although same-sex couples in de facto relationships have had most of the legal rights of married couples since July 2009, there is however no national registered partnership or civil union scheme. Public opinion polls in Australia consistently show majority support for same-sex marriage, yet political and legal opposition to it has stymied a number of recent attempts at state and federal level to legislate for ‘marriage equality’, which would require amending the federal Marriage Act. Should marriage only be between a man and a woman, or are same-sex attracted people being denied the right to have their unions honoured by church and state in a modern society which should recognise long-term commitment in relationships, regardless of sexuality? What are the social, political, legal and religious considerations in the same-sex marriage debate? A balanced range of opinions from key commentators is presented in this book.

Chapter 1: Same-sex relationships and marriage

Chapter 2: Opinions opposed to same-sex marriage

Chapter 3: Opinions in favour of same-sex marriage

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:39:51 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Homeless People]]> /books/homeless-people/ On any given night, 105,000 Australians are homeless and without safe, secure or affordable housing. Every day, more than half the people who request immediate accommodation from homelessness services are turned away. Homelessness has profound effects on various groups in society including families, young people, women escaping domestic violence, indigenous Australians, and people with substance abuse and mental health problems. Homelessness results in social and economic costs to individuals, families, communities and the nation. How is homelessness currently defined and how are homeless people counted? Who are the homeless and how can they be housed? This book presents a current overview of the plight of Australia’s homeless, exploring their unmet needs and strategies to address the entrenched problem of homelessness. There’s no place like home – but what happens if you have no home at all?

Chapter 1: Counting and housing homeless people

Chapter 2: Profiles of homeless people

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:36:51 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Australia’s Engagement with Asia]]> /books/australias-engagement-with-asia/ The pace and scale of Asia’s rise during the ‘Asian Century’ has been nothing short of staggering. Asia is on course to become the world’s largest economic region before the end of this decade, presenting Australia with a range of opportunities and challenges. This book aims to develop a better understanding of the economic, political and cultural interconnections that Australia has with its Asian neighbours. Trade and investment, education, language capability, defence and strategic policy are all key concerns in relation to Australia’s engagement with Asia. Improved Asia literacy is particularly important for young Australians who will need to develop skills to communicate and engage with the peoples of Asia in order to effectively live, work and learn in the region. What are the implications of the Asian Century for Australia’s economic, social, political and strategic environments? Is Australia ready for the Asian Century?

Chapter 1: Australia in the Asian Century

Chapter 2: Trade and investment

Chapter 3: Defence and strategic policy

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:26:15 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Risk Taking and Personal Safety]]> /books/risk-taking-and-personal-safety/ Experimentation, pushing boundaries and testing your own limits is a part of growing up, however there are many potentially unsafe situations in which teenagers may find themselves at risk and their safety compromised by making harmful personal choices. Everyone has the right to feel safe and to live without fear, this includes travelling alone at night on public transport, going out partying with friends, even accessing the internet at home. What are the strategies and precautions you can take to maximise your feelings of safety and reduce your actual exposure to injury or assault? Risk taking can be fun and positive, but sometimes taking unhealthy risks may affect your wellbeing and cause you harm. Common teenage risk-taking behaviours include: fighting, truancy, alcohol and drug use, dangerous driving, risky sexual behaviour, and deliberate self-harm. This book is a useful guide for teenagers, parents and teachers to understand the issues around risk-taking behaviours and personal safety. How can young people be encouraged to make safer choices?

Chapter 1: Personal safety and crime victimisation

Chapter 2: Risk taking and young people

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:37:02 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Australia’s Mining Boom]]> /books/australias-mining-boom/ The impact of the current mining boom in Australia, aided by unprecedented demand for minerals from an emerging China, has helped this nation to withstand global financial turmoil. Australia’s mining and energy resources – coal, iron ore, gold, bauxite, oil, gas, copper, uranium, etc – accounts for about 9% of GDP, but more than half of national exports. The resources sector is booming, however its success may cause problems elsewhere, such as pushing up the value of the dollar, which can adversely affect sectors like manufacturing and tourism. How sustainable is the latest mining boom, and how should government manage the ‘two-speed economy’? Is the recent controversial introduction of the mining tax going to fairly spread the super profits from Australia’s non-renewable mineral wealth to all Australians? How much does Australia’s economy rely on minerals revenue, and what are the boom’s impacts on employment and other sectors in the economy, as well as the social and environmental costs? Are the structural changes in the Australian economy brought about by the mining boom sustainable – what happens when the mining boom goes bust?

Chapter 1: Australia’s mining industry

Chapter 2: Managing the mining boom

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:34:04 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Human Trafficking and Slavery]]> /books/human-trafficking-and-slavery/ The global trade of trafficking men, women and children into the sex industry and labour markets has been the subject of growing public and international concern. Human trafficking is a complex, multi-faceted crime with no single solution. Many countries are affected by it in some way, and Australia, as a destination country for trafficking victims, is no exception. Many people think that slavery is a thing of the past, but slavery still occurs, focusing on big profits and cheap lives. Slavery is a crime against humanity and Australia has obligations to people who are held in conditions of slavery and servitude. This book examines the trade and exploitation of people in forced labour, sexual servitude and debt bondage, and explains Australia’s domestic and international roles in combatting the trafficking and enslavement of people. Globally there are now more slaves than at any time in human history – 27 million human beings. How can the bonds of trafficked and enslaved people be broken and their rights restored?

Chapter 1: Slavery and human trafficking explained

Chapter 2: Australia’s response to human trafficking

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:31:06 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Welfare Reform Debate]]> /books/welfare-reform-debate/ Although people of various political persuasions and financial means regularly espouse the need for Australia to reform its social security framework, what is considered a fair approach is open to debate. The current federal government has committed to reforming the welfare and family assistance payment system to foster responsibility and provide positive programs and incentives for people to move out of welfare dependency.The test for any government in a welfare state, however, lies in addressing the challenges facing workforce participation in a way that makes a serious and long-lasting difference. How does Australia reduce welfare dependency without punishing the poor? Issues for debate in this book include long-term unemployment benefit levels, disability support pension eligibility, ‘welfare to work’ schemes, and income management. Is fixing the welfare system the hardest job of all?

Chapter 1: Unemployment and social security

Chapter 2: Opinions in the welfare debate

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:29:01 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Forest Conservation]]> /books/forest-conservation/ Australia’s unique forests are a major natural asset in terms of biodiversity conservation, the global carbon cycle, fresh water supplies, and the maintenance of environmental and social values. Forests are also a key economic asset to Australia, providing essential timber and wood products and recreation, and employing thousands of people in the forestry and tourism industries. What policy and regulatory measures are in place to conserve Australia’s forests?  This book examines how the Australian government and the community as a whole are trying to strike a balance between forest conservation and sustainable forest management through such measures as the reserve system and regional agreements.  Issues addressed also include illegal logging overseas, forest products certification, and the heated debate over logging Tasmania’s old growth forests. How do we produce renewable timber for present and future generations, but also preserve our forests’ environmental, social and economic values?

Chapter 1: Forest conservation

Chapter 2: Sustainable forest management

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:20:45 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Fast Food]]> /books/fast-food/ Australians spend about a third of their weekly household food budget on food prepared outside the home. These meals tend to be fast food and take-away, which are often high in saturated fats, salt and sugar. Excessive consumption of fast food contributes to obesity, heart disease and a range of other conditions. ‘Junk food’ should only be eaten occasionally, this includes potato chips, soft drinks, chocolates and sweets, cakes, and take-away food like fried chicken, pizza, hotdogs, fries and hamburgers. 'Fast Food' is a helpful guide to better informed dietary choices, and features detailed advice on the nutritional contents of Australia’s major fast food products, including kilojoule counts, portion sizes and packaging information. What are the healthy alternatives to fast food? Should the government introduce traffic light labelling, or even a ‘fat tax’? This book also examines the debate over food marketing to children. Should Australia ban junk food advertising aimed at children, who so often resort to ‘pester power’? In a nation where a quarter of the population is now obese, are Australians finally fed up with junk food marketing that targets children?

Chapter 1: Fast food and nutrition

Chapter 2: Junk food marketing to children

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:11:29 EST
<![CDATA[Book: International Aid]]> /books/international-aid/ Australia is a global citizen with an interest in enhancing regional stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and improving the lives of the world’s poorest people, particularly in Africa. To that end, Australia maintains an international aid program which this year will spend almost $5 billion on development assistance, representing 0.35% of Gross National Income. This book examines the Australian government’s current aid commitments and reforms, exploring a range of factors that include the reasons for aid, how it is delivered to partner countries, and the public debate over the level of aid given and its effectiveness. The role of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in delivering development assistance is also examined. What are the various forms of international aid, and how is it used in developing countries to reduce poverty, improve food security, health and education, enhance human rights, and assist with disaster relief? As an affluent, developed nation, is Australia giving enough ‘bang for its buck’ with its taxpayer-funded aid program?

Chapter 1: Australia's aid program

Chapter 2: Effectiveness of Australian aid

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:04:18 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Carers: Ageing and Disability]]> /books/carers-ageing-and-disability/ Currently around 2.9 million Australians provide unpaid help and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is aged and frail. Carers are a key but often unacknowledged part of Australia’s health system. The annual replacement value of care was estimated in 2010 to be over $40 billion. Carers come from all walks of life, and spend on average about 40 hours per week providing care for many of the most vulnerable people in our community. At some stage in our lives, most of us will be, or need, a carer. Caring can be personally rewarding, but it is also a role with many demands and challenges, including financial hardship, strains on health and wellbeing, social isolation and career disadvantage. This book looks at the invaluable role of the people providing informal aged and disability care in Australia, and explains the latest government initiatives aimed at supporting caregivers and those they care for. Isn’t it time we all cared about the carers?

Chapter 1: Carers in Australia

Chapter 2: Informal disability and aged care

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:55:58 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Privacy and Information Rights]]> /books/privacy-and-information-rights/ We live in a public age in which the free flow of personal information is increasingly exposed to serious invasions of privacy. Privacy protection is a growing concern in relation to how people use rapidly advancing technology to store and share their personal information with family, friends, organisations and governments. Many Australians’ daily interactions are conveyed by social networking websites and mobile phones, and can involve sharing personal and financial data online, often under the watchful eye of CCTV surveillance – but are our privacy laws and protections keeping pace with technological change? Although people are able to complain about the misuse of their personal information to a national information commissioner, Australian laws do not clearly allow a person to take action against a person or entity that seriously violates their privacy. In light of the British media’s recent phone hacking scandal, should people’s right to privacy be at the expense of freedom of expression and the freedom of the media to seek out and disseminate information of public interest? Can a balance between these principles be struck? Is anything really private anymore?

Chapter 1: Privacy regulation and rights

Chapter 2: Communications privacy

Chapter 3: Privacy and the media

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:52:32 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Cardiovascular Health]]> /books/cardiovascular-health/ Cardiovascular disease (CVD) covers all diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels, including coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and peripheral vascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases are the biggest cause of deaths worldwide. Although death rates for cardiovascular disease in Australia have declined considerably in recent decades, it continues to be the leading cause of premature death; the health and economic burden of CVD continues to exceed that of any other disease. Ninety per cent of Australians have at least one lifestyle-related risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This book provides an overview of the prevalence and types of cardiovascular disease and offers risk reduction advice for the major modifiable risk factors – smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity, diabetes and poor nutrition. How is your heart health?

Chapter 1: Cardiovascular disease: prevalence and causes

Chapter 2: Cardiovascular disease risk reduction

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:31:13 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Vegetarianism]]> /books/vegetarianism/ A growing number of Australians are adopting alternative diets to improve their health or address ethical concerns. As a dietary choice, vegetarianism attracts interest and debate over its responses to environmental sustainability, health and animal cruelty. There are many different forms of vegetarianism (including veganism), and many reasons why people choose a vegetarian lifestyle. This book presents a range of useful information, much of it from vegetarian organisations which advocate ‘going vego’. What benefits does a vegetarian diet have over one which includes meat? How are the nutritional needs of vegetarians met, particularly among children and young people? What are the facts and myths surrounding vegetarian and vegan diets?

Chapter 1: Reasons for choosing a vegetarian diet

Chapter 2: Vegetarian diet and your health

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:50:01 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Self-harm and Young People]]> /books/self-harm-and-young-people/ There are many types of behaviours that are considered to be deliberate self-harm (or self-injury), and young people harm themselves for different reasons. Non-fatal, self-injuring behaviours such as self-cutting, self-poisoning, self-burning and even attempted suicide are common but often hidden responses to emotional pain, and are attempts to relieve, control or express distressing feelings. Research suggests that 6-7% of young Australians aged 15-24 harm themselves in any given year, and over 12% report having self-harmed at some point in their life. This title explores the prevalence of self-harm, identifies the warning signs, and addresses the myths and misconceptions. Advice is also presented on how to deal with these behaviours for people who self-harm and their concerned friends and families. What are the causes of self-harm, who is at risk, and what are the ways in which young people in distress can find support in order to cope with their feelings? How do you keep out of self-harm’s way?

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:46:59 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Nuclear Energy Debate]]> /books/nuclear-energy-debate/ The debate over the introduction of nuclear power in Australia has recently become more heated in light of safety concerns over the nuclear reactor meltdown emergency in Japan. Australia has also just committed to a carbon trading scheme to address its reliance on coal-fired energy and reduce greenhouse emissions. With 40% of the world’s uranium located in Australia, the economic, environmental and health considerations are significant. This book contains an overview of global nuclear energy use and production, and presents a range of current opinions debating the pros and cons of Australia’s expanded involvement in the nuclear power industry. Should Australia build nuclear reactors for its domestic power supply? How environmentally sustainable is nuclear, what are the costs, and how safe is the storage of radioactive waste? How does nuclear power compare to alternative sources of energy? What safeguards are there to ensure nations who purchase Australian uranium use it for electricity generation and not for nuclear weapons?

Chapter 1: Nuclear power in Australia

Chapter 2: Pro-nuclear energy opinions

Chapter 3: Anti-nuclear energy opinions

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:36:28 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Respectful Relationships]]> /books/respectful-relationships/ We all have our own needs at different times within relationships, and it is important to give and take in terms of these needs and to show each other respect. Everyone has the right to feel safe, to be treated fairly, and to be valued and accepted for who they are. This book examines how young people can negotiate their relationship needs respectfully and safely in partner relationships, friendships and family relationships. Issues addressed in this book include peer pressure and teen friendships; dating pressures and sexual coercion; domestic violence and abusive relationships; and managing anger and conflict. How do young people identify abusive behaviours in intimate relationships and learn to behave in positive and respectful ways?

Chapter 1: Friendships and family relationships

Chapter 2: Couple relationships

Chapter 3: Abuse and conflict in relationships

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:33:16 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters]]> /books/extreme-weather-and-natural-disasters/ Australia is a vast land in which weather varies significantly in different parts of the continent. Recent extreme weather events in Australia, such as the Queensland floods and Victorian bushfires are brutal reminders of nature’s devastating power. This book examines the causes of severe and extreme weather, and explores the history of natural disasters in Australia and their impact on humans and the environment. Is global warming increasing the rate of natural disasters? What part does La Nina play in the current extreme weather cycle? Cyclones, floods, severe storms, bushfires, landslides, earthquakes, tsunami – what are the natural and man-made causes of these phenomena, how predictable are they, and how prepared are we for the impacts of natural disasters at a national and global level?

Chapter 1: Climate and extreme weather events

Chapter 2: Natural disasters in Australia

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 20 Jul 2011 09:25:35 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Dealing with Bullying]]> /books/dealing-with-bullying/ Bullying is the deliberate desire by one or more people to hurt, threaten or frighten someone with words, behaviour or actions. Bullying can be verbal, physical, social or psychological and is one of the major issues facing young people today. It occurs at school, in the workplace, and even online as cyberbullying – it is very common, and it can happen to anyone. Bullying can have devastating impacts on victims, and it can also have detrimental effects on all involved, including bullies. This book identifies the various forms of bullying, explains its causes and effects, and presents advice on how to develop strategies in schools, workplaces and at home to deal with bullying behaviour. Banish bullying – don’t put up with it, deal with it.

Chapter 1: Bullying at school

Chapter 2: Cyberbullying

Chapter 3: Bullying at work

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:57:09 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Alcohol and Binge Drinking]]> /books/alcohol-and-binge-drinking/ Alcohol is the most widely used recreational drug in Australia. Alcohol is so widely used and so socially acceptable that many people frequently consume it to harmful levels. Binge drinking refers to drinking heavily over a short period of time with the intention of becoming intoxicated, resulting in immediate and severe intoxication. The number of young people consuming alcohol at alarmingly high levels has increased significantly in recent years, prompting government initiatives such as the ‘alcopop’ tax in a bid to curb underage binge drinking. What are safe drinking levels according to the latest guidelines, and what are the short- and long-term health risks when alcohol consumption goes too far? Alcohol-related risk behaviours are also examined, including drink driving, unprotected sex, violence and injury. This book presents information about the many health and social impacts of excessive alcohol intake and provides tips for promoting responsible drinking choices among young people. When does ‘having a drink’ become far more than a drop too much?

Chapter 1: Alcohol and your health

Chapter 2: Binge drinking

Chapter 3: Alcohol and young people

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:54:26 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Organ and Tissue Donation]]> /books/organ-and-tissue-donation/ Organ and tissue transplants can be the last resort for a range of life-saving and life-improving treatments. This opportunity usually only becomes available when someone donates their organs or tissues upon their death. The latest organ donation figures have reached a record high – the generosity of 309 donors and their families saved or significantly improved the lives of 931 Australians in 2010. This organ donation total, however, only equates to a national organ donor rate of 13.8 per million, which suggests more can be done to help Australians who are on transplant waiting lists. What is the government doing to increase community awareness in an effort to boost the organ and tissue donation rate? This book addresses the misconceptions and facts about organ and tissue donation and registration. It also explores a range of ethical issues around consent and objection, such as ‘opt-out’ system proposals, religious considerations, the brain death debate, altruistic living tissue and organ donation, the illegal market in body parts, and animal to human transplantation (xenotransplantation). What does it take to give the gift of life?

Chapter 1: Organ and tissue donation in Australia

Chapter 2: Ethics of organ donation

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:52:11 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Gambling Problems]]> /books/gambling-problems/ Australia is a nation of keen punters – according to recent findings about 70 per cent of Australians participated in some form of gambling in the past year. Gambling takes many forms, including lotteries and ‘scratchies’, electronic gaming machines (‘pokies’), casino-based table games, sports wagering and online gaming. Latest estimates claim about 115,000 Australians are classified as ‘problem gamblers’ with a further 280,000 people being at ‘moderate risk’. Gambling can seriously affect many aspects of an individual’s life; it can also affect family members, friends and carers. This title looks at the latest government initiatives to address the negative social and economic impacts of problem gambling, including the regulation of growing access to online gambling. The book also provides detailed advice on dealing with personal gambling issues, including how to identify the warning signs, and where to get help. Can you beat the odds, before they beat you?

Chapter 1: Gambling regulation in Australia

Chapter 2: Dealing with problem gambling

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:49:04 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Sustainable Land Management]]> /books/sustainable-land-management/ Land degradation can have severe economic and environmental consequences. Almost two-thirds of land in Australia has been modified for human use, primarily for grazing on natural vegetation. Clearing of native vegetation continues to occur for agriculture, plantation forestry, and urban development. Over the past two centuries, as land use has intensified for a growing population in this arid land, vast areas of native vegetation have been cleared or degraded, resulting in adverse affects on biodiversity, soil and water quality and the spread of weeds, feral pests and diseases. This book examines the damaging impacts of Australia’s land use and agricultural activity, and proposes improvements to current farming systems, including more sustainable use of water and soil, and development of new systems for irrigation, fertilisation and water use. To ensure long-term sustainability, land managers need to consider economic, social and environmental factors. How do we meet the needs of the present without depleting our natural land resources and compromising the future?

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:44:50 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Poverty and Social Exclusion]]> /books/poverty-and-social-exclusion/ Poverty persists in Australia despite the opportunities available in such an affluent country. How is poverty in Australia defined? What is absolute poverty as opposed to relative poverty, and who are the affected groups in our community? What are the causes of poverty? Why do so many Australians still experience financial hardship, housing stress and income inequality? One in 6 people of working age relies on income support – does Australia’s welfare system provide a safety net or promote welfare dependency? Social exclusion is closely linked to poverty, as people face deprivation and are being left out. This book explores how the policy of social inclusion aims to overcome barriers to participation and opportunity. Is Australia the land of the ‘fair go’, for rich and poor

Chapter 1: Poverty and disadvantage

Chapter 2: Social inclusion

Chapter 3: Income support and the welfare system

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:13:02 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Terrorism and National Security]]> /books/terrorism-and-national-security/ The threat of terrorism on Australian soil is a key feature of Australia’s security environment. The main source of international terrorism is from a global militant jihadist movement, which includes violent extremists such as al‑Qa’ida. Is terrorism really a significant threat to the Australian community, or are unprecedented government powers and counter-terrorism laws of greater concern? What are the risks of attack from foreign or domestically based threats? Australia’s broader defence and security interests are undergoing changes in strategic planning, including upgrading air and sea power, and realigning our traditional alliance with the US while engaging with emerging regional giant, China. How vulnerable is Australia to attack – are we prepared?

Chapter 1: National security and counter-terrorism in Australia

Chapter 2: Anti-terrorism laws

Chapter 3: Australia’s defence and security interests

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:06:41 EST
<![CDATA[Book: HIV and AIDS]]> /books/hiv-and-aids/ The AIDS epidemic has spread for almost 30 years. 33 million people are living with HIV worldwide and 28 million have died from an AIDS-related illness since 1981, mostly in Africa. Almost 17,000 people are living with HIV in Australia, and about 1,000 become infected each year; over 6,700 Australians have died from AIDS during the last 25 years. This book contains an overview of the history and prevalence of AIDS globally and in Australia, and explains the latest developments in HIV prevention and treatment. Key topics include: understanding the causes of transmission; HIV prevention programs for specific communities and populations; HIV and safer sex practices; injecting drug use and needle exchange programs; HIV testing; drug treatments and the search for an AIDS cure; the experience of people living with HIV, including discrimination and disclosure issues.

Chapter 1: HIV and AIDS around the world

Chapter 2: HIV/AIDS prevalence and prevention in Australia

Chapter 3: Treatment and living with HIV/AIDS

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:45:45 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Children and Young People at Risk]]> /books/children-and-young-people-at-risk/ Many Australian children and young people are at significant risk of abuse and neglect. The reported prevalence of child maltreatment (neglect, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse) is at alarming levels. Vulnerable families require intensive support from an overburdened system struggling to respond to mandatory reporting requirements. When is a child in need of protection and when do ‘abusive and neglectful behaviours’ become ‘abuse’ and ‘neglect’? There is a range of factors that expose children and young people to greater risk of disadvantage, including family stressors like financial stress, domestic violence, social isolation, mental health and substance abuse. Who is at risk, and what is happening to children being removed from their families into out-of-home care? What assistance is available to vulnerable families experiencing abuse and neglect?

Chapter 1: Understanding child abuse and neglect

Chapter 2: Child protection

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:37:38 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Social Impacts of Digital Media]]> /books/social-impacts-of-digital-media/ The rapid uptake of digital technologies hugely impacts on how we communicate, relate, learn, work, and spend our leisure time. Digital media literacy is the ability to access, understand and participate or create content using digital media. This ability is becoming integral to effective participation in the digital economy and Australian society. Those who do not adapt may fall victim to the ‘digital divide’ and be excluded. The ‘digital revolution’ has positive and negative effects, which are both explored in this timely book. On the positive side, people are increasingly being connected across distances with the greatest of ease and innovation via mobile phones, online social networking, blogging, gaming and e-learning. On the negative side are a range of social impacts – internet addiction, cyberbullying, inappropriate exposure to pornography, privacy risks, and cyber crime.

Chapter 1: Digital media trends and participation

Chapter 2: Social media

Chapter 3: Online safety

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:24:41 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Tobacco Smoking]]> /books/tobacco-smoking/ Tobacco smoking kills up to half of its users and has a global annual death toll of more than five million people. It is the largest cause of preventable death in the western world. Around 3 million Australians are daily smokers, many of whom are socially disadvantaged. This title reveals the toxic contents of tobacco and the health effects of smoking (including passive smoking) on the body. The book also addresses a number of commonly held myths and misconceptions about the risks and impacts of smoking. A range of different quitting methods and products for overcoming nicotine addiction is also explored in detail. Another focus of this book is the role of government and legislation in controlling tobacco use and its marketing. Why do so many people continue to let their health go up in smoke?

Chapter 1: Tobacco use and health

Chapter 2: Quitting Smoking

Chapter 3: Tobacco control and marketing

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:27:56 EST
<![CDATA[Book: The Crime and Punishment Debate]]> /books/the-crime-and-punishment-debate/ The aim of imprisonment is to prevent crime and enhance community safety by removing offenders from the public sphere and deterring potential offenders, as well as meeting society’s need for reparation and retribution for crimes committed. However, while a period of imprisonment may deter some people from re-offending, it can also foster in others further criminal behaviour. Since 1989, the imprisonment rate has increased by around two-thirds; currently almost 40 per cent of Australian prisoners released after serving their sentence return to jail within two years. This book examines crime and incarceration in Australia – does it work as deterrent or rehabilitation – or is it simply ineffective retribution? A range of opinions are presented, which canvas a number of justice issues including harsher sentencing and longer jail terms, overcrowding in prisons, tough-on-crime policies, public perceptions of crime and safety, indigenous over-representation, intervention programs and prison reforms. Does being tough on crime pay?

Chapter 1: Crime and imprisonment rates

Chapter 2: Crime and punishment debate

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:25:15 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Global Food Crisis]]> /books/global-food-crisis/ Currently, a billion undernourished people experience hunger on a regular basis. Global food production will have to rise 70 per cent by 2050 as the world population expands to 9.1 billion from 6.8 billion people. Recent global food prices have been the highest on record, exceeding 2008 levels that sparked deadly riots across the world. Causal factors include population growth, climate change and weather-related crop problems, diminishing water supplies, oil prices and diversion of food crops to biofuel production, damaging farming practices, and land shortages. Is an ongoing world food crisis inevitable? What is Australia’s role in global food security and how are we managing our own domestic food challenges in relation to environmental sustainability, rising food prices and declining productivity?

Chapter 1: Global hunger and food supply

Chapter 2: Australia’s food security

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:22:10 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Adoption Issues]]> /books/adoption-issues/ There has been an overall decline in the number of adoptions of Australian children over the last 25 years, however past and present adoption practices continue to raise a number of challenging and complex emotional and practical issues. This book examines the adoption experience in Australia, including local and intercountry adoption and the legal processes involved; adoption trends; identity and disclosure issues; the impacts of past coercive adoption practices on unmarried birth mothers and their children; post-adoption grief and loss; and the same-sex adoption law debate. A number of personal search and reunion stories are also featured which illustrate some of the complexities and hardships involved.

Chapter 1: Adoption trends in Australia

Chapter 2: Search and reunion

Chapter 3: Intercountry adoption

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:14:15 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Human Rights and Civil Liberties]]> /books/human-rights-and-civil-liberties/ Protecting and promoting human rights, including civil liberties, is about making sure that basic safeguards for equality and fairness are in place so that we can prevent the violation of rights, and provide remedies when a violation does occur. Following a recent national consultation over a charter or bill of rights aimed at dealing with some controversial issues and emerging human rights principles, the Federal Government has decided it will not be introducing a Human Rights Act in Australia, but rather a new human rights framework. Protecting and promoting human rights requires balancing the interests of individuals and groups with the interests of society including security, public health and public order. This book examines Australia’s human rights record and a range of opinions in the debate over adequate and appropriate human rights protection.

Chapter 1: Human rights in Australia

Chapter 2: Arguments for a bill of rights

Chapter 3: Arguments against a bill of rights

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:10:03 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Issues and Opinions]]> /books/issues-and-opinions/ Issues and Opinions (Volume 1) is the first of an occasional series of books featuring collections of recently published opinions on a range of contemporary Australian social issues which have been the focus of public debate. Each chapter comprises a concise introduction to a given issue, followed by a variety of thought-provoking opinions from media commentators, politicians, academics and interest groups. Each chapter ends with a compilation of pros and cons in the debate, and a list of relevant websites for further research.

There are 12 chapters in this book, each featuring a topic for debate:

Stem cell research, Climate change, Globalisation, Child care, Australia’s federal system of government, Food advertising and children, Multiculturalism, Intervention in indigenous communities, Criminal justice and punishment, Internet censorship, Australian bill of rights, Legalisation of illicit drugs.

Possible future Issues and Opinions volumes to be advised.

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Thu, 21 Oct 2010 14:52:31 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Coping with Grief and Loss]]> /books/coping-with-grief-and-loss/ At various points in our lives we will all experience loss and grief – such as the death of a loved one, a divorce or family breakdown. This book focuses on how to identify the various stages of bereavement and suggests ways of coping with a range of experiences involving loss. What coping strategies can we use to deal with the emotional and practical challenges of losing someone close to us? In what ways can we support others who are bereaved? Coping with Grief and Loss is full of helpful bereavement advice, presented in two chapters: Understanding Grief and Loss; and Young People and Children.

Chapter 1: Understanding Grief and Loss

Chapter 2: Young People and Children

Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:04:06 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Whaling]]> /books/whaling/ Unregulated commercial whaling has had a major impact on the world’s whale populations. In spite of a complete commercial whaling ban imposed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986, whales are still being killed on a daily basis by traditional whaling nations such as Japan, Norway and Iceland. And despite broad global concern for the depleting whale populations, there is still ongoing debate among IWC members over if and how whaling should continue. This book examines the history of whaling and focuses on Australia’s prominent role in trying to secure a compromise from the whaling nations, especially Japan, with whom diplomatic relations have become strained. The book also details Australian and international efforts to protect whales through sanctuaries, research and legal frameworks. Aboriginal subsistence whaling, ‘scientific’ whaling and commercial whaling ... what is entailed in each of these practices? Is there room for political compromise, or do these giants of the ocean need a globally binding conservation commitment to survive in the world’s already over-fished oceans?

Chapter 1: Whaling and Conservation

Chapter 2: The Whaling Debate

Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:04:05 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Population Sustainability]]> /books/population-sustainability/ The federal government has recently appointed its first population minister amid extensive public debate over how to respond to rapid growth in Australia’s current birth rate, population ageing, and a projected increase from 22 million to 36 million people by 2050. Current trends and policies involving population growth will have a major impact on Australia’s future sustainability and quality of life. This book features statistical projections for Australia’s population size and presents a wide range of viewpoints in the population debate. Issues include the skills shortage and employment, immigration intake levels and cultural diversity, environmental sustainability and water management, government service delivery, urban congestion and infrastructure capacity, the cost of housing, and the potential economic growth benefits. Do we want or need a ‘big Australia’? Is bigger better, or does growth come at too great a cost?

Chapter 1: Population Growth in Australia

Chapter 2: The Population Debate

Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:04:04 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Disability Rights and Awareness]]> /books/disability-rights-and-awareness/ One in 5 Australians has a disability. Although this figure represents a significant portion of Australia’s population, many struggle against direct and indirect discrimination in the form of barriers to basic assistance, services and social inclusion. This book provides an overview of the major disability groups (physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological, etc) and their core activity restrictions. It also explores the promotion of awareness and understanding; rights and protection under the Disability Discrimination Act; Australia’s inadequate disability support system and the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme; the role of carers and families; accessibility issues; education rights for disabled students; employment of people with disabilities; and legal ethics issues including genetic screening, sterilisation and ‘wrongful life’ cases.

Chapter 1: Disability Services and Support

Chapter 2: Disability Discrimination and Rights Issues

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:04:03 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Assisted Conception]]> /books/assisted-conception/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Surrogacy Issues (v. 391)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:04:02 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Nuclear Disarmament]]> /books/nuclear-disarmament/ The threat of nuclear destruction has long loomed over the planet. Weapons stockpiles among the nuclear powers continue to proliferate, and a number of other nations including Iran are actively pursuing nuclear capability. Australia is directly involved in global negotiations to slow down the arms race as both a major supplier of uranium, and as co-chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, which recently reviewed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This book examines Australian and international efforts aimed at non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament. What is the extent of nuclear weaponry around the globe, and how safe are we from the nuclear threat posed by rogue states and terrorist groups? Is there a risky link between nuclear power and arms production? Securing nuclear materials is one thing, but can nuclear weapons be eliminated altogether?

Chapter 1 of 1: Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:04:01 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Australian National Identity]]> /books/australian-national-identity/ Australia is a young and culturally diverse nation which often struggles with how to define its national identity. What does it mean to be an Australian? What are the values and symbols that represent Australian citizenship and patriotism? This book presents a range of opinions on how the national identity has been shaped through Australian citizenship, symbols and values: multiculturalism, tolerance (a ‘fair go’), national symbols (including the flag debate), British colonial influence, indigenous heritage and dispossession, freedom and democracy (including the republic debate), egalitarianism, the landscape (beaches and ‘the bush’), mateship, larrikinism, the Anzac spirit, sporting obsession, outdoor lifestyle, our image overseas, and what it means to be ‘un-Australian’. When does patriotism become provocation? Do we as a people have an ideal or actual view of our collective identity, or should we in fact embrace and celebrate multiple identities?

Chapter 1: Australian Citizenship, Symbols and Values

Chapter 2: Opinions on Australian Identity

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:04:00 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Abortion Issues]]> /books/abortion-issues/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
The Abortion Rights Debate (v. 402)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:59 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Cannabis Use]]> /books/cannabis-use/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Marijuana and Health (v. 401)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:58 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Changing Family Trends]]> /books/changing-family-trends/ Over the past thirty or so years, major social trends in marriage and work patterns have impacted on Australian family formation and structures. Families are very diverse and can take many shapes and forms, extending across a number of households. This book explores changing family trends and presents an overview of characteristics which define the Australian family in its many evolving guises. Lone parent families, step and blended families and same-sex families are all examined in the light of major social shifts including the trend toward smaller families, both parents being in the workforce, divorce, later life partnering, the decline in marriage in favour of de facto relationships, women having children on their own, and access to reproductive technologies for gay and lesbian couples. Despite this diversity, ‘nuclear’ couple families with dependent children are still the norm. What really is the future of the family?

Chapter 1: Australian Family Trends

Chapter 2: Diversity and Change in Families

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:57 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Genetically Modified Foods and Crops]]> /books/genetically-modified-foods-and-crops/ Recent advances in gene technology are increasingly having impacts on how we produce crops and food for animal and human consumption. Australia already allows the commercial growing of genetically engineered canola and cotton for the purposes of herbicide tolerance and insect resistance, and bans are being lifted in most Australian states after extensive crop trials amid ongoing concerns about cross contamination. This book reveals the latest advances in biotechnology and how Australia is regulating this new agricultural science. Should there be mandatory labelling to declare the presence of GM ingredients in our food? The book also explores the GM debate –  what are the risks and benefits, ethics and concerns involving genetic modification when applied to food, agriculture, human and animal health and the environment?

Chapter 1: GM Foods and Crops in Australia

Chapter 2: The GM Debate

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:56 EST
<![CDATA[Book: The Health of Indigenous Australians]]> /books/the-health-of-indigenous-australians/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (v. 376)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:55 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Infectious Disease]]> /books/infectious-disease/ Infectious diseases are major causes of illness, disability and death in many parts of the world. The recent swine flu pandemic has shown just how vulnerable we all are to communicable diseases which are capable of being transmitted from one person to another, or from one species to another. This book examines the various types of communicable diseases affecting Australians and how they are kept under control. Topics include: outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics; symptoms and treatments for Australia’s major infectious diseases including the common cold, bacterial and viral infections, the various types of influenza, pneumonia, mosquito-borne infections, food-borne disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. This book also looks at vaccine-preventable diseases and gives an overview of Australia’s immunisation policy.

Chapter 1: Communicable Diseases

Chapter 2: Pandemics

Chapter 3: Immunisation

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:54 EST
<![CDATA[Book: The Death Penalty]]> /books/the-death-penalty/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
The Death Penalty Debate (v. 399)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:53 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Recycling and Managing Waste]]> /books/recycling-and-managing-waste/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Waste Recycling and Energy Saving (v. 403)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:52 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Marriage and Cohabitation]]> /books/marriage-and-cohabitation/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Marriage and Partnership (v. 403)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:51 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Understanding Mental Illness]]> /books/understanding-mental-illness/ Mental health is a state of emotional and social wellbeing which influences how we cope with the stresses of everyday life and whether or not we can achieve our potential. Mental disorders are broken down into three groups: anxiety, mood and substance use disorders. According to a major 2007 survey, 45% of Australians aged 16-85 years (7.3 million people) experienced at some point in their lifetime a mental disorder. This book explores the prevalence of mental disorders and the services available for treatment. It also focuses on improving community understanding of the negative effects of mental illness on individuals such as reduced work participation, social isolation, stigma and discrimination. So many among us experience mental illness – are we doing enough to understand its causes, and manage its many social, health and economic impacts?

Chapter 1: Mental Illness Prevalence in Australia

Chapter 2: Stigma and Discrimination

Chapter 3: Care and Treatment

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:50 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Financial Literacy]]> /books/financial-literacy/ Financial literacy can be defined as the ability to make informed decisions about how to use and manage your money. Young Australians are particularly active consumers, so it is important from an early age that they understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to managing money. This book is an excellent aid for young people to better understand their finances and features the following topics: saving, banking, budgeting, smart shopping tips, understanding types of loans and credit and how to manage debt, investing and financial planning, choosing suitable mobile phone plans, avoiding scams and rip-offs, and explains the basics about insurance and superannuation. Get on top of your finances while you are young and establish healthy financial habits!

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:49 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Young People at Work]]> /books/young-people-at-work/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Youth Unemployment (v. 387)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:48 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Issues in the Media]]> /books/issues-in-media/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Media Ethics and Regulation (v. 354)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:47 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Animal Welfare and Protection]]> /books/animal-welfare-and-protection/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Animal Rights and Welfare (v. 388)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:46 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Safe Driving]]> /books/safe-driving/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Young Drivers and Road Safety (v. 389)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:45 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Marine Conservation]]> /books/marine-conservation/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Ocean Conservation and Management (v. 398)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:44 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Refugees]]> /books/refugees/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Asylum Seekers and Immigration Detention (v. 353)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:43 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Our Energy Future]]> /books/our-energy-future/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Nuclear Energy Debate (v. 337)
Fossil Fuels (v. 358)
The Climate Change Crisis (v. 375)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:42 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Human Genetics: Ethics and Issues]]> /books/human-genetics-ethics-and-issues/ Since the 2003 mapping of the human genome, science has prompted complex challenges over how to maximise the benefit and minimise the harm when implementing rapidly expanding genetic-based knowledge. Are scientific advances being held back from producing miracle cures, or are we letting the genome out of the bottle? This fascinating book explains the fundamentals of human genetics and explores a range of considerations and dilemmas including: the limitations in personal genetic testing for diseases; privacy and the ownership of genetic information; the potential for genetic discrimination; setting restrictions in the application of genetic technologies, e.g. reproductive cloning, stem cell research using embryos, and genetic enhancements; patenting and the commercialisation of bioetchnology products; and forensic DNA databanks.

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:41 EST
<![CDATA[Book: The Obesity Epidemic]]> /books/the-obesity-epidemic/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Obesity and Overweight (v. 380)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:40 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Religious Beliefs]]> /books/religious-beliefs/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Religious Freedom and Discrimination (v. 384)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:39 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Violence and Aggression]]> /books/violence-and-aggression/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Domestic and Family Violence (v. 365)
Crime and Violence (v. 385)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:38 EST
<![CDATA[Book: The Changing Climate]]> /books/the-changing-climate/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
The Climate Change Crisis (v. 375)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:37 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Stolen Generations: The way forward]]> /books/stolen-generations-the-way-forward/ Since the federal Government’s apology to Indigenous Australians over past welfare policies of forced removal of children, debate has continued over how to move beyond symbolism with practical measures aimed at healing the traumatic effects of historic wrongs and ameliorating Indigenous disadvantage. This book explores the history of Reconciliation and the Stolen Generations, and includes personal stories of removal and reactions to the apology. It also looks ahead and examines the debate over proposals to act on recommendations from the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report which urges dealing with ‘unfinished business’, including monetary compensation and programs aimed at redressing disadvantage. Is saying ‘sorry’ enough?

Chapter 1: National Apology to the Stolen Generations

Chapter 2: Unfinished Business: The Ongoing Debate

Glossary; Fast Facts; Web Links; Index

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:36 EST
<![CDATA[Book: Drugs and Law Enforcement]]> /books/drugs-and-law-enforcement/ This title is no longer available.

Please refer to the latest title/s relating to this topic:
Drug Law Reform Debate (v. 379)

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Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:03:35 EST