Young People Under 25 Becoming Homeless

By Belinda Palmada

A new report shows people under the age of 25 make up 43 % of homeless Australia.

Lily Gobran, representative of City of Sydney spoke at Sydney Tafe campus on June 9. The report was based on a survey conducted by 35 people under 25 living the streets.

“There are an increasing number of young people becoming homeless,” Ms Gobran said.

“It’s an issue that’s all over Australia.”

The biggest factor for becoming homeless is lack of affordable housing, along with suffering a physical/mental health condition, suffering a physical/mental health condition, escaping domestic violence, alcohol/drug/gambling addiction and unable to find work/unemployment.

“To overcome this issue, we need to commit as a community and individuals, “

“Our community needs to stand up and say it’s not acceptable to push our young people into poverty and disadvantage as would be the outcome of the government’s budget proposal for a six month waiting period to apply before young people receive their income support. “

Lord Mayor Clover Moore is calling for a multi-agency taskforce to tackle homelessness.

“The number of people sleeping rough across our city highlights the need for multiple agencies across all levels of government to work together to provide safe and secure shelter for all – one of the most fundamental human needs,” Cr Moore said.

The report also shows the income of young people is made up of 17% Disability pension, 26% unemployment benefit, 26 % youth allowance, 20 % begging and 12% work.

The average age of people under 25 homeless is 22.

Online and Social Media Journal

This is my last month of Cert IV Journalism and I thought this journal entry would be a perfect way to reflect on my progress.

I started this blog with the purpose of publishing my film reviews on a site with building up a portfolio and gaining an audience. My intended audience is moviegoers and other movie reviewers.

Film reviews are not the only content on the blog, I’ve added my class exercises on the site to build up a range of work.

My first month of Online and Social Media, I found my blog frustrating. I kept changing my theme a million times. It’s hard trying to figure out how I envisioned my blog. A couple of months later, I finally picked a theme I like and suits my personality.

Over time, I’ve gotten a handled of the blog but occasionally still ask for help from my teacher or one of my TAFE buddies.

I’m very pleased with the way my blog has turned out and the content. I’ve received positive feedback from friends and family particularly from my MoPho work. I can’t wait to see what work I produce in Diploma next semester.

The Mummy (2017 film)


Welcome To A New World Of Gods And Monsters

‘The Mummy’ starring Tom Cruise is a reboot of the 1999 film franchise, and the first instalment of Universal Studios’ shared Dark Universe, reviving its monster characters. While it had the budget and an A-List cast, is it a strong start to the new franchise? 

American solider Nick Morton (Cruise) discovers the tomb of Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), an Egyptian princess who has been entombed under the desert for thousands of years. She is accidentally awakened and she embarks on a rampage through the streets of London. It’s up to Morton to stop the resurrected monster before it’s too late.  

Unfortunately, Tom Cruise is miscast in his role as Morton. As the lead, it seems Cruise aims to be the charismatic, humorous soldier and hero, but it just doesn’t seem to suit the film at all. He’s trying to play the cliched unlikeable, self-centred jerk who has the potential to be a good person if makes the right choices in life, a role Cruise doesn’t play that often. He seems mature for a role that should played by a younger actor, doesn’t have chemistry with his female co-stars, his character and former love interest is underdeveloped.  

Sofia Boutella is marvellous as Princess Ahmanet. She’s an alluring, motivated villain and brings terror to the role of the Mummy.  

Russell Crowe appears as Dr. Henry Jekyll (to set up the character for a standalone film in Universal’s monster universe). Crowe is remarkable as the brilliant scientist with the monstrous alter-ego, Edward Hyde. He’s able to play the complex character with duel identities well and nails the no-nonsense tone of the movie.  

Alex Kurtzman (‘People Like Us’) has directed blockbuster disaster. Unlike the previous Mummy films set in the 1920s, this modern retelling takes place in present day which may read well on paper but doesn’t translate well to the screen.  

While there’s some thrills, most of movie is lifeless. It lacks the elements of a Mummy film; fun, adventure and romance. The special effects is over-the-top and flimsy. The only thing good in the production is the solid cinematography and editing.  

The narrative loses its balance, focusing on setting up the Dark Universe by introducing characters into franchise like Crowe’s Jekyll/Hyde and the organisation he works for and taking up a portion of the film. It makes the movie feel rushed and ridiculous to follow. The filmmakers should’ve focused more The Mummy as a whole, focusing more on character development and story instead of taking a page from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe building a shared universe.  

A disappointing and forgettable start to the new monster universe. Here’s wishing the next installment of the franchise will be an improvement. 

Rating 1.5/5 Stars

MoJo Journal Entry 6

Today I finished my Adobe Spark Video on Superman’s 79th Anniversary for Social Media/Mojo. I’m pleased with the video but I think it would have been better if I had John Williams’ Superman theme, photos of the comic book’s creators and more images but I know I can’t because of copyright issues. I guess I have to deal with what I have.