Author Archives: Ben Rogers

Film review: Elle

Elle

Paul Verhoeven has brought his fair share of risky (and often risqué) material to the big screen over the past four decades: think Starship Troopers, a fierce critique of US foreign policy masquerading as a sci-fi extravaganza, the garish spectacular Showgirls or the pulpy thriller Basic Instinct. But his latest French-language drama Elle might just be his most controversial film ...

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Aged care health: what’s lurking behind the Budget cuts?

What lies ahead for aged care health? Photo: Supplied

As the federal government moves forward with plans to cut $1.2 billion in funding for aged care health over four years, what does this really mean for elderly people on the receiving end? Ben Rogers investigates. During the 2016–17 Budget announcement in May, the federal government signalled $1.2 billion worth of cuts to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)—a resource ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect. Message to God: football wins are harder than they look The Guardian reports on Arsenal football club manager Arsene Wenger and his lifelong obsession with soccer. Wenger reflects on three decades in ...

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November 2016 Journey now available

One of British pop band Pulp’s biggest hits, “Help the Aged”, contains the lines, “Help the aged, ‘cos one day you’ll be older too, you might need someone who can pull you through”. Those words eerily played out in my head as I researched how the federal government’s proposed cuts to aged care health services (page 6) will have devastating ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect. Christ’s burial place exposed for first time in centuries National Geographic reports that restorers working in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Israel have uncovered a stone slab revered as the resting ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect. Adelaide church breaks up over same-sex relationship BuzzFeed reports on an Adelaide church which has split from the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) denomination due to a disagreement over LGBTI people in the church ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect. No more shouting to the Lord Relevant reports on Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston’s decision not to include the popular Shout to the Lord and worship juggernaut Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) in Hillsong ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect. Coming out as a son of a preacher man The Guardian features an opinion piece by a young gay man who is the son of an Anglican vicar exploring his experiences ...

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Ping pong power against injustice

14 year old Isaak is picking up the paddle to raise funds for victims of human trafficking and exploitation. Photo by Adrian Rowse.

It may be a perennial party favourite but ping pong is at the heart of a nation-wide campaign to help end the exploitation and trafficking of young people throughout South East Asia. Ben Rogers reports on the Ping Pong-A-Thon and one Uniting Church teenager picking up the paddle to make a difference. In 2011, a group of Aussies endured a ...

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The gospel according to Pasolini

Enrique Irazoqui (centre) stars in Pasolini’s The Gospel According to Matthew. A photo of men in robes is shown. Photo property of Eureka Entertainment Limited.

Since his violent death—shrouded in the kind of controversy that plagued his working life—history has yet to produce a cultural figure quite like Pier Paolo Pasolini. Known in his native Italy for his reputation as a Marxist, gay atheist, Pasolini stretched the definition of a multi-hyphenate to its limit when it came to his professional endeavours: he was (in)famous for ...

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