Inspired by the strong journalism in Australia of the past, Matty writes with passion from a working background from driving haulage to picking fruit, cook, aged care, running roadhouses and, most recently, hardcore music promoter. He has lived on remote communities and spent his first 21 years in the bush growing up in Arnhem Land and the Kimberly region.
Inspired by events such as the Berlin Wall coming down and the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Matty spent his youth watching news programs by highly respected journalists such as Lorri Oakes, Mike Willesee, Lee Lin Chin and Anton Enus. He has been outspoken in a stance against Murdoch and other media magnates with no love for corporate journalism.
Struggling through both mental illness and brain damage as well as failing health, he has earned the respect of his peers and risen to become who he wanted to be — a journalist. He is here today because of the support of Australian journalists and publications who believed in him and it has made him a happy man to become what he always dreamed.