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drinks coffee and chats with remarkable people.

drinks coffee and chats with remarkable people.
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drinks coffee and chats with remarkable people.








Deni Hines (Singer)

When Marcia Hines is your mother some would say it is no surprise you would go on to have a successful singing career. But Marcia had no idea Deni Hines could sing. She was literally singing in the kitchen when she was discovered and catapulted into the entertainment industry. An industry that Deni Hines has mixed feelings about. In their chat, Deni shares with Matt her remarkable musical journey. Including her challenges with race, her thoughts on celebrity and her hit song that makes her...


Greedy Smith (Mental as Anything)

'Whoa ohh, the chats are getting bigger'. It's time to 'Live it up' with a great Coffee Chat with Mental as Anything front man, Greedy Smith. He takes us on a trip down Australian music royalty lane. From humble beginnings to the whirlwind of international success, Greedy shares some great stories from his remarkable career, including what is discussed over catch ups with INXS and Colin Hay and the crazy things he used to do on stage. He even confirms the true story of why he is called...


Adam Harvey (Country Music Star)

With a pool room full of awards, half a million music sales and one of the most recognisable country music voices, Adam Harvey has done pretty much all there is to do in the world of country music. In their chat, Adam Harvey shares with Matt the big risk he took when he started in the music industry, his less than ideal relationship with the late Slim Dusty and a couple of secrets about his good mate, Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson.


Prof. Patrick McGorry (Mental Health Ambassador)

Professor Patrick McGorry was the 2010 Australian of the Year. Not bad for a bloke born in Ireland. After four years of studying general medicine in the early 80s, Pat could see the mentally ill were getting 'an extremely raw deal,' so he turned his focus to psychiatry. In those days patients were locked up and it was 'a century behind the rest of health care'. He believes the mentally ill still get a raw deal, but thanks to Pat's involvement in Headspace and Orygen, things are slowly...


Connie Boglis (Youth Worker)

At 17, most girls are thinking about boys, music, their friends and their Instagram accounts. When Connie Boglis was 17, she was assisting peolple with shizophrenia to function in day-to-day life. By her early 20s, she was working in prisons and youth detention centres gaining the respect of troubled kids. She is one of those rare people who puts other's needs before her own. In 2017, her partner of two years took his life after the former veteran had a long battle with his mental health.


Graham 'Abo' Henry (Underworld Enforcer)

The criminal world is one unlike the majority of us live in. An eye for an eye is common practice. After 30 years involved in organised crime, Graham 'Abo' Henry knows more about this dangerous world than most. From armed robberies, break and enters and attempting to murder his own father as a teenager, Graham was always headed for a destructive life. It wasn't long before he was partners with the underworld's elite and had a 'green light' from NSW police. That was of course, until he...


Jeff Amatto (Indigenous advocate and former drug addict)

Jeff Amatto believes our prison system is not helping people to rehabilitate. And he would know, he experienced it first hand. He was an alcoholic at 13 and performing break and enters at the same age. As a former drug addict and criminal, Jeff learnt more about crime in jail than out. He saw many desperate things in prison, like 20 men lining up to share the one syringe. It was thanks to an indigenous rehab centre and a moment of clarity with an indigenous song that changed his entire...


Glenn Shorrock (Music Legend)

You will be 'Reminiscing' with this chat which is sure to be 'A liittle ray of sunshine'. A 'Cool change' in fact. Founding member of Little River Band, and many other successful bands, Glenn Shorrock shares the ups and downs of his remarkable career. A career which has taken him all over the world. He has played with the best and even shared a recording studio with The Beatles. While this ten pound Pom doesn't have regrets, he does remember a few occassions where he could have made...


Senator Fraser Anning

Sometimes, it's the controversial topics that are the ones we should be talking about. There is an argument that our politicans don't take a hard-lined approach because it doesn't win votes. Qld independent senator, Fraser Anning doesn't seem to care. Outspoken about immigration, same-sex marriage and other equally sensitive topics, Senator Anning made headlines and was labelled a racist when he attended a protest where demonstrators made nazi salutes, but he says he just wants the best for...


Shane Webke (Bronco's Great)

We often think our sporting superstars have it easy. One of the greatest Brisbane Bronco's of all time, Shane Webcke is living proof that it takes monumental effort, bravery and courage to overcome life's challenges. Even after his playing days and transitioning into a sports reporter for Channel 7, Shane still didn't think he was good enough. Add to that a tragic farming accident which killed his father and you have a man who has defied the odds to become one of the country's greatest...


Hayley Bateup (Ironwoman)

When former Coolangatta Gold winner and Ironwoman, Hayley Bateup first started competing she didn't even tell her parents. She excelled in the water and then as Gladiator, Nitro on the hit TV series. Now as a passionate fire-fighter, Hayley's fitness and career have always been a simple, straight forward focus. Sadly, it hasn't been the same for her personal life. As a gay woman, Hayley shares what it was like for her and her partner as they rode the emotional wave while Australia voted on...


Deb Frecklington (LNP Leader)

Politicians are constantly in the public eye, but ironically we rarely see the person behind the politician. In their in-studio Coffee Chat, Deb Frecklington shares with Matt a side of the State Opposition Leader few have ever seen. They discuss coffee choices (obviously), her past jobs, what will change for Deb and her family if, and when, she becomes Premier of Queesnland. And what she really thinks of the haters who hide behind their keyboards.


Rachel Pope (Gifts from Grief)

Grief is an emotion we all struggle with. We all deal with the loss of a loved one differently. Rachel Pope has had deal with more death, loss and grief in her life than any one person should have to. in their Coffee Chat, Rachel shares with Matt how she coped after losing her father, a boyfriend, her brother and then her husband. How this business owner was able to keep it together for her children and those around her. Rachel has written a book on her experiences with grief called, Gifts...


John Hopoate (Most Suspended Sportsperson)

John Hopoate is one of the most talked about sportspeople in the world, but for all the wrong reasons. He is currently serving a ten-year-ban from the sport of rugby league for a fight on the field. But that isn't why you will remember Hoppa. He made world-wide headlines with his infamous finger and was kicked out of the NRL after a sickening tackle which left his opponent concussed. In their chat, Hopoate shares with Matt who he is away from the headlines and his upcoming boxing match with...


Chris Walker (Former NRL Star)

When Chris Walker ran on to the rugby league field, both the fans and his opponents took notice. So much so, that the call would go across the ground that 'Walker's on'. But this former State of Origin representative lost his way after leaving the Brisbane Broncos and moving South to follow his soap actress star girlfriend. Walker speaks about this time in his life as well as a closed-door meeting he had with Russell Crowe who said, 'Whatever is said in this room, stays in this room.'


Ben Hawkins (Autism)

No matter who you are, we all face various challenges in life. The secret is to squeeze the most out of your days regardless of what is against you. One person who knows how to do this better than most is Ben Hawkins. Ben was diagnosed with Autism when he was only two. This disorder affects the way Ben communicates and interacts with others. A budding architect, Ben is in the final year of an architecture degree and looking forward to a long and prosperous career once he graduates.


Bec Fisher (40 Jobs in one Year)

For some people, turning 40 is a terrifying point in their lives. For others, it is an opportunity to turn a new page and see what other exciting things life has in store for them. Bec Fisher chose the latter. For her fortieth year, Bec tried her hand at 40 different jobs. in their Coffee Chat, Bec shares with Matt why this passionate school teacher was so eager to see if there was another career she could get her teeth into.


Willie Tonga (Former NRL Star)

We all struggle with dark thoughts on occasion, some more so than others. Professional football stars are no exception. In this raw and candid conversation, former rugby league star, Willie Tonga opens up about his experience with depression and how he tried to hide it during his playing days for fear of being branded 'soft'. The Qld State of Origin representative knows first hand how serious depression can get after saving the life of his teammate and friend, Reni Maitua who attempted to...


Alwyn Doolan (Message Stick Walk)

When a man or woman is passionate for change, nothing will get in their way. Indigenous ambassador, Alwyn Doolan is one such man. He is currently on a 7000km journey on foot, starting from the tip of Qld and walking all the way to Parliament House in Canberra to hopefully meet with the Prime Minister and discuss current indigenous issues. Through his Message Stick Walk, Alwyn is making many friends and collecting a large and loyal following as well as confrontations with caravans, cassowary...


Russell Morris (Music Royalty)

You would think after 50 years in the music industry, a swag of hits and a truck load of awards, ARIA Hall of Fame artist, Russell Morris would be confident of his talent. But as his shares with Matt Collins in their Coffee Chat, he still doubts his abilities. Still touring and making great music, Russell says he owes a lot to plain old luck and one Ian 'Molly' Meldrum who tapped him on the should as a teenager and asked if he could manage Russell and is band. The rest, as they say, is...