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1.In your own words, explain what ethics are, and what their function is in modern Australian society. 2.Deontology and consequentialism are two of the major theories of ethics which have developed

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1.In your own words, explain what ethics are, and what their function is in modern Australian society. 

2.Deontology and consequentialism are two of the major theories of ethics which have developed over the centuries, and contain many underlying principles for today’s ethics legislation and codes of conduct.
a.Briefly explain the ideas and influential philosophers associated with Deontology.
b.Briefly explain the ideas and influential philosophers associated with Consequentialism.

Scenario for Questions 3-5

You are a police officer wit...

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1.In your own words, explain what ethics are, and what their function is in modern Australian society. 

2.Deontology and consequentialism are two of the major theories of ethics which have developed over the centuries, and contain many underlying principles for today’s ethics legislation and codes of conduct.
a.Briefly explain the ideas and influential philosophers associated with Deontology.
b.Briefly explain the ideas and influential philosophers associated with Consequentialism.

Scenario for Questions 3-5

You are a police officer with the Queensland Police Service (QPS). You and your partner have attended a call out for assistance at a residential address. Once you are there, you see an elderly male smoking what appears to be a marijuana joint. You overhear the daughter say that he is terminally ill. Your partner, who is just new to the service, pulls you aside and says, ‘Let’s leave the old man be, he’s not doing any harm to anybody else. Besides, he probably won’t be around long enough to hear the outcome of the trial if we charge him, let alone serve his time.’ 
Under Schedule 2 of the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987 (Qld) marijuana is classified as a ‘dangerous drug’. Section 9 of the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Qld) makes possession of a dangerous drug such as cannabis a crime, with a maximum penalty of 15-20 years imprisonment. 
Please note that for the purposes of this scenario the elderly male does not have approval for medical cannabis.
NOTE: You are not required to access this legislation.

3.Explain the theory of ethics you would be applying if you do apprehend the elderly man and why.

4.Explain the theory of ethics you would be applying if you do not apprehend the elderly man and why.

5.Imagine you have not apprehended the elderly man, and then address the following questions.

a.Analyse and discuss whether you complied with the QPS SELF Test (HINT: Ensure you outline and then answer all questions in the SELF Test and explain why the test would or would not be met in the circumstances).
b.Outline some of the possible consequences of your unethical conduct, how would this reflect on the QPS.
c.Explain the alternative actions that could be taken in order to avoid/resolve this ethical problem. How would you set a good example of the desired ethical conduct?

6.Your partner has asked you for more information regarding the ethical principles/values that influence the way public officials (including police officers) discharge their duties. In your own words, referring to the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 (Qld) and the Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service, answer the following questions.
a.What are the four (4) ethical principles from the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 (Qld)? Briefly explain each principle to your partner, ensuring you refer to specific sections of the Act in your answer?
b.What is the nature, purpose and application of these principles?
c.Why are these principles important to public officials?
 

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Ethics is considered as presentation to the society about which is good and bad and this will help to establishment of duties and obligations with regard to nature and also people will integrate with other people with common understandings and principles. Ethics are also considered as basic principles that are associated with humans that explain about values and quality of rights, law, safety and environment

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