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Nationhood & Civics | Introduction
Issues in Society is an Australian series of eBooks that target a specific social issue. Each eBook includes news, facts, opinions, and statistics. The sources include newspaper reports, opinions, magazines, journal articles, government reports, website fact sheets, and statistics. Available 24/7 from your Kerferd Library, these eBooks let you explore the issues that impact you and the world around you.
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Nationhood & Civics | Issues in Society series eBooks
Defending Australia [Issues in Society] by
Publication Date: 2017
Topics: Nationhood / Civics
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? Chapter 1: Australian defence force Chapter 2: Strategic outlook and defence spending Worksheets and activities; Fast facts; Glossary; Web links; Index
Democracy in Australia [Issues in Society] by
Publication Date: 2021
Topics: Nationhood / Civics
In a disrupted time of pandemic and recession, Australia has never been more reliant on clear leadership from its elected representatives, while also requiring greater co-operation among its citizens. Striking a balance between accountability and robust governance is a challenge during an era of reduced trust in political leaders by voters, especially among young people. The key principles of Australia¿s democratic society include individual freedoms, justice, tolerance of opposing ideas and representative government. Do these principles still hold true when research points to a growing disconnect between politicians and the people they represent? This book examines Australians¿ levels of trust in their elected leaders, looking at how our political system functions between the various levels and roles of government, as well as exploring opportunities for democratic reform. How can Australia better function as a modern democratic nation state in the twenty-first century?
Multiculturalism and Australian Identity [Issues in Society] by
Publication Date: 2016
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?
Volunteering [Issues in Society] by
Publication Date: 2020
Topics: Nationhood / Civics
It is estimated that around 3 in 10 Australians aged 15 and over have participated in voluntary work, contributing around 750 million hours and the equivalent of at least $17 billion worth of work each year in not-for-profit organisations. Volunteers provide substantial benefit to their communities and society more broadly. At the same time, volunteering also broadens the networks and professional skills of the volunteers themselves. Volunteering contributes to the economic and health status of the nation and to volunteers by providing a personal sense of satisfaction and wellbeing. What is the state of volunteering Australia? Who are Australia’s volunteers and what activities are they involved in? And why don’t more people volunteer? This book explores the benefits of volunteerism, and provides advice aimed at young people on how to get involved in volunteering in Australia and abroad. Volunteering goes beyond simple acts of kindness; it is the thread that binds communities and makes them strong.