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Issues in Society: Digital Editions


What are Issues in Society?

Issues in Society are publications designed specifically for Australian high school students. You will find helpful, reliable information from a variety of sources.


TIME-SAVING: thoroughly researched and edited content, compiled and reproduced from a wide variety of trusted sources.
TOPICAL, accessible information for assignments, essays and debates.
BALANCED OPINIONS and varying viewpoints for a diverse overview on controversial topics.
SOURCES INCLUDE: newspaper reports, opinions, magazine and journal articles, special interest groups, government reports, website fact sheets, statistics and surveys.

A note on publication dates: please be aware of the publication date of the editions on this page. We have kept older publications available in digital format so that you can compare how attitudes and statistics have changed on an issue over time. Sometimes there will be 2 publications on a similar topic (often published under slightly different titles), so if you want the most up-to-date information on a certain topic, be sure to use the most recent publication.

For example, under the heading of Rights and Descrimination, refer to Sexual Identity and Gender Diversity (Vol 475, 2022) for the most current information. If you are seeking a more historical perspective on these issues, refer to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Vol. 378, 2014) or Same-sex Marriage Debate (Vol. 352, 2013) which was published prior to the legalisation of Same-sex marriage in Australia.

How to Access


You can find print copies of Issues in Society in the Nora Collisson Centre, or you can search for specific topics via our library catalogue. You can view and download digital editions via the links on this page, listed under the following subheadings:

  • Crime and Justice
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Economics and Welfare
  • Environment and Global Issues
  • Family and Relationships
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Indigenous and Race Issues
  • Nationhood and Civics
  • Media and Communication
  • Rights and Discrimination
  • Science and Bioethics 


Digital copies of Issues in Society are available via Ebsco eBooks or PDF download - via the links on this page.

To access PDF downloads, you will need to log in via your usual Lowther Hall login (only available for Lowther Hall staff and students).

If you require any assistance in accessing Issues in Society, please contact the Nora Collisson Centre.

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