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            Fossil Fuels
              

            Fossil Fuels (PDF ebook – New ed.)

            Edited by Healey, Justin

            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 maj...or 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? Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index.
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            ISBN 9781922084156
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            Published AU 29 Apr 2013
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            Dealing with Bullying
              

            Dealing with Bullying (PDF ebook)

            Edited by Healey, Justin

            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 workplac...e, 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 online to deal with bullying behaviour. Banish bullying - don't put up with it, deal with it. Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index.
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            ISBN 9781921507540
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            Published AU 27 Jul 2011
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            Interest Age 13+ years
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            Drug Law Reform Debate
              

            Drug Law Reform Debate (PDF ebook)

            Edited by Healey, Justin

            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 sancti...ons 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? Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index. Titles in the Issues in Society series are individual resource books which provide an overview on a specific subject comprised of facts and opinions. The information in this resource book is not from any single author, publication or organisation. The unique value of the Issues in Society series lies in its diversity of content and perspectives. The content comes from a wide variety of sources and includes: newspaper reports and opinion pieces, website fact sheets, magazine and journal articles, statistics and surveys, government reports, and literature from special interest groups.
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            ISBN 9781922084590
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            Published AU 28 Jul 2014
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            Suicide Prevention
              

            Suicide Prevention (PDF ebook)

            Edited by Healey, Justin

            Each year around one million people commit suicide worldwide; suicide remains the leading cause of death among Australians 15-34 years of age. These deaths can have lasting and devastating impacts on affected families and friends. Deaths caused by suicide are however, preventable.... 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. Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index.
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            ISBN 9781922084552
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            Published AU 28 Jul 2014
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            International Aid
              

            International Aid (PDF ebook)

            Edited by Healey, Justin

            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 is... spending almost $5 billion on development assistance. This amount represents 0.35% of Gross National Income; Australia's future aid commitment is set to increase to 0.5% of GNI within the next 3-4 years. This book reviews the Australian government's current aid commitments and reforms, exploring a range of factors including the reasons for aid, how it is delivered to partner countries, and issues in the debate over aid levels and 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 making enough of a difference with its taxpayer-funded aid program? Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index.
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            ISBN 9781921507847
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            Published AU 27 Apr 2012
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            Same-sex Marriage Debate
              

            Same-sex Marriage Debate (PDF ebook – New ed.)

            Edited by Healey, Justin

            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. Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index.
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            ISBN 9781922084026
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            Published AU 28 Jan 2013
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            Australia's Mining Boom
              

            Australia's Mining Boom (PDF ebook)

            Edited by Healey, Justin

            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? Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index.
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            ISBN 9781921507939
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            Published AU 27 Jul 2012
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            Ethical Consumerism
              

            Ethical Consumerism (PDF ebook)

            Edited by Healey, Justin

            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 choo...se 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. Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index.
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            ISBN 9781922084095
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            Published AU 29 Apr 2013
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            Social Impacts of Digital Media
              

            Social Impacts of Digital Media (PDF ebook)

            Edited by Healey, Justin

            The rapid uptake of digital technologies has hugely impacted on the way 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 int...egral 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 both positive and negative effects, which are 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 that are also explored in this book, including internet addiction, cyberbullying, inappropriate exposure to pornography, privacy risks, and cyber crime. Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index.
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            ISBN 9781921507403
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            Published AU 31 Jan 2011
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            Interest Age 13+ years
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            Voluntary Euthanasia Debate
              

            Voluntary Euthanasia Debate (PDF ebook – New ed.)

            Edited by Healey, Justin

            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 Australi...ans 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. Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index.
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            ISBN 9781922084170
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            Published AU 29 Apr 2013
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