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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Whose Broken is This? CD and book launch 27 April Canberra

Whose Broken is This?

CD and book launch 27 April Smith’s Alternative 76 Alinga ST Civic, Canberra.

Tickets $25 from Smith’s Alternative website. Click here.

Two of Australia’s highly-regarded creative talents have joined forces to collaborate on a unique album of songs, Whose Broken Is This?

Poet John Passant, who is currently receiving treatment for cancer, has collaborated with acclaimed singer/songwriter Milena ‘Mili’ Cifali to set John’s poetry to music, with an album incorporating a number of readings by him.

The poems are from John’s published volumes, Whose Broken Is This and Other Poems (Ginninderra Press 2018).

Canberra-based John is a poet as well as a journalist, member of the Canberra Press Gallery, retired senior tax officer, and tax academic and blogger.

The hauntingly beautiful songs are performed on the album by duo The Awesome (Milena on guitar and vocals, Jim Horvath on bass and percussion), with special guest musicians. Hailing from far-east Gippsland in Victoria, The Awesome are self-described ‘musical gypsies’ who travel and perform constantly around the country, including at the 2018 National Folk Festival.

Classically-trained Milena is a guitarist of rare talent, enchanting audiences with her uniquely intricate style that fuses elements of John Butler, Rodriguez and Michael Hedges. She has released several CDs of original music highlighting her love of folk/jazz fusion and her impressive interpretive range.

Jim Horvath, playing distinctive upright bass, is also a talented percussionist with a flair for African, Latin/Jazz/Blues rhythms, having learnt his craft from the legendary Stui Spears of Max Merritt and the Meteors, and through performing with unforgettable blues band Chain.

Other artists featured on the recording are award-winning blues artist Dorothy DJ Gosper, Tony Hunter (mandolin) from Canberra, Johnny Reynolds ( lead guitar) and Julia Horvath (cellist), also from Canberra.

Milena says: “John’s poetry is a vital body of work for Australian poetry; at once thought-provoking, sensitive, brutal, honest and always hopeful. The poems shake and stir the dust in your soul, remaining there long after the dust has settled.”


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