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Biography

Born 10/4/49
Height 5' 6" Hair: Bleached Blonde Eyes: Hazel Born in Gibraltar of British Army parents. Emigrated tPerth 1961. Arrived Melbourne 1965. Burwood High School then Monash University. B.A. (1972) English major. Became an Australian citizen April 16th, 1992.

Jane Clifton is the genuine show-business all-rounder. Actress, singer, published crime novelist, and registered Marriage Celebrant (!) Jane is often asked if there is anything she can't do, to which she simply replies, 'Ballet and making money.'

A B.A.(1972) graduate from Monash University's halcyon days of sex and demos and rock 'n roll, Jane was momentarily distracted from a promising career as an English teacher (she promised her parents she'd become one) by Melbourne's burgeoning, alternative theatre and music scene.

The dim lights of Carlton's La Mama, the Pram Factory, the Flying Trapeze, T.F.Much Ballroom and the Last Laugh Theatre Restaurant beckoned. While the allure of singing in bands with names like Scumbag, Toads and Lipp and the Double Dekker Brothers proved irresistible. Form 6 at Shepparton High would have twait.

Despite these arty beginnings, Jane has managed to carve out a 3 decade-long, show-business career. Highlights include:

  • * a string of minor roles in numerous early Australian t.v. shows from Division 4, Homicide, Ryan, Bluey and even Holiday Island, fronting the ground-breaking feminists-on-Countdown band STILETTO,
  • * touring for a year in Robyn Archer's 80's cabaret show Pack of Women
  • * being part of the smash-hit stage shows
  • * MUM'S THE WORD and MENOPAUSE - the MUSICAL
  • * her top 10 pop singles GIRL ON THE WALL and TAXI MARY (with Jo Jo Zep).

Jane has 2 published crime novels on the shelves:  
Half Past Dead  (Text  2002)   A Hand in the Bush (Text 2005).
(A 3rd novel Flush is yet to be published).

Jane's solo CD The Marriage of Style was released in April 2003.  
Despite all of the above, Jane will always be most well-known for a role she played over 25 years ago: MARGO in Prisoner/Cell-Block H

Well-travelled, urbane and witty, passionate Essendon Football Club supporter, solver of cryptic crosswords and mother of two, Jane is in constant demand as an MC, guest speaker, debater and trivia quiz mistress.
Her current work includes:

  • * weddings, weddings, weddings
  • * completing her first Mills&Boon style novella 
  • * singing on Monday nights at Claypots in St KIlda

Television

DRAMA:
  • Division 4
  • Homicide
  • Bluey
  • Ryan
  • Skyways
  • Holiday Island
  • Special Squad
  • Carson's Law
  • Flying Doctors
  • PRISONER/CELL-BLOCK H
  • Home (ABC)
  • Dancing Daze (ABC)
  • The Power
  • The Passion (7)
  • Janus (ABC)

COMEDY:
  • Shoo-Be-Doos (ABC)
  • Colin Carpenter
  • Vile (SBS)
  • Comedy Festival Annual Debate - 'That Laughter Is Better Than Sex'
  • Shock Jock (tv1) 2001

CHILDREN:
  • Five Times Dizzy (SBS) (1986)
  • Round the Twist (2000)

TELEMOVIES:
  • A Single Life
  • Working Up
  • Licence TRage

PRESENTER:
  • Review (ABC)
  • Melbourne presenter - 1993
  • 7.30 Report (ABC)
  • self-initiated, quirky, 'what's-on- round-up, Friday nights, early '93.
  • Various corporate videos.

GUEST APPEARANCES AS SINGER/PANELIST/HOST/GUEST:
  • Countdown, Sounds,
  • Nightmoves
  • Rock Around the World
  • the Mike Walsh Show
  • the Midday Show
  • the Bert Newton Show ( 9)
  • the Peter Couchman Show (10)
  • Blankety Blanks
  • Starsearch
  • Have A GHey Hey It's Saturday
  • Tonight Live - the Vizard Show
  • the Peter Couchman Show (ABC)
  • the Bert Newton Show (10)

ADS:
  • SUSSAN (1999) - national 12 months.
  • WORKCOVER - Back-pain ad with Denise Scott (1999) (Victoria only)

Prisoner

MARGO GAFFNEY
Played by Jane Clifton
Margo first appears in Prisoner as a background inmate during episode 92 but her proper appearance is as prison bookie in episode 123.

From around episode 127 onwards some of the women are chosen to be involved in a work scheme in a factory. Margo is chosen and uses this opportunity to continue her gambling profits on the outside and get some of the factory workers involved. The factory's book keeper Kay White is persuaded into running up huge debts and is sent to Wentworth as a prisoner when she is found guilty of embezzling money in an effort to pay off her debts. Margo, of course, is still out of pocket, so tries to force Kay into paying up by adding broken glass to her food. It only causes a bloody mouth and Kay is later killed by another inmate.

Theatre

  • Student theatre at school and university, including Monash Players and Melbourne Youth Theatre.
  • TRIBE - experimental theatre group directed by Doug Anders and which performed at La Mama, the Pram Factory and in the streets. ( 1969 - 1972.)
  • LA MAMA - Assorted one-off plays, including:
  • Nightflowers by Max Richards
  • Gone TSee A Man About A Dog by Peter Lillie and CosmTopper.
  • THE GREAT STUMBLE FORWARD - street theatre group 1973-74.

BACK THEATRE at the PRAM FACTORY
A Ride Across Lake Constance by Peter Handke.Co-directed.
Mechanics In A Relaxed Manner by Peter Lillie and CosmD.Topper. Co-directed.

Women's Theatre Group - involved in the establishment and first productions of this group, including:
  • Womens Weekly Volume 1 Womens Weekly Volume 2
  • The Love Show as well as the first Festival of Women's Theatre (1974).
  • Africa by Steve J. Spears. 1974.
  • L'Amante Anglaise and La Musica both by Marguerite Duras. Directed by Shuv'us. 1978.

THE A.P.G. (Australian Performing Group)
at the Pram Factory theatre in Carlton 1973- 1978.
  • Waltzing Matilda by Tim Robertson
  • A Floating World by John Romeril. The premiere production in 1974 directed by Linzee Smith.
  • Sisters by Robin Thurston. Directed by Richard Murphett. 1976.
  • AC/DC by Heathcote Williams. Directed by Linzee Smith. 1976.
  • Mickey's Moomba by John Romeril and Tim Robertson. 1979.
  • DIMBOOLA - by Jack Hibberd. Directed by Tim Robertson. At the Chevron Hotel, Melb.. 1974.
  • THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE - by Sue Townsend. Directed by Terry O'Connell. 1986.
  • DREAMTIME - by Keith Michell. Directed by George Fairfax. At the State Theatre, Vic. Arts Centre.1990.
  • PRISONER/CELL BLOCK 'H' - the theatre version of the t.v. series.
  • By Reg Watson. Directed by Stewart Trotter. Toured the UK for 13 weeks (13 cities). (1990.)
  • LAUGHING WILD - by Christopher Durang. Directed by Pamela Hollings for the Soup Kitchen Theatre. (1990.)
  • THE SELECTION - written and directed by George Whaley for the MTC.(1991 - 92.)
  • AN EVENING WITH MERV HUGHES - commercial production (Sydney 1993.) (adapted from the British play 'An Evening With Gary Linneker'.)
  • LOVELETTERS by A.R. Gurney. With Campbell McComas for the Castlemaine Festival 1994. Alsat Capers Theatre Restaurant with Jon Finlayson (1997)
  • MUM'S THE WORD by 6 Canadian women. dir: Kaarin Fairfax for Artist Services. Athenaeum Theatre and interstate tours Melbourne from April' 98 tMay 2000
  • GO IN TIGHT by Barry Dickins. At La Mama 2001. Dir. James Clayden.
  • MENOPAUSE - THE MUSICAL by Jeannie Linders. At the Comedy Theatre Melbourne, 2005.
  • BARMAIDS by Katherine Thompson. Dir: Terence O'Connell.
  • Australian tour Sept 'Dec. 2006 for Hit Productions.

Film

  • The Clinic - 1982 dir. David Stevens
  • A Slice Of Life - 1982 dir. John Lamonde (and marked 'never to be released !)
  • As Time Goes By - 1987 dir. Barry Peake.
  • A Kink In The Picasso - dir. Mark Gracie
  • Garbo - 1990 dir. Ron Cobb
  • Trapped - 1999 dir./writer Trudi Hellier
  • Matching Jack - 2010 dir. Nadia Tass


Latest News

Matching Jack - a film by Nadia Tass and David Parker and starring Irish mega-star James Nesbitt is being released in Australia on August 19th, 2010. I play a small role as a doctor in this fabulous, heart-breaking film about kids with leukemia. It is warm, funny and a 3 Kleenex box film. Not to be missed - if only for my 30 second appearance ! 

Rock / Pop

  • The Bulk (1965) 3 performances in the Geography room at Burwood High.
  • Lipp and the Double Dekker Brothers (1971-72)
  • Sometimes 12-piece 'art-house' band in the Captain Beefheart/Zappa/Archie Shep mode.
  • Doyen of T.F.Much Ballrooms. Featuring among others JoeCamilleri, Ian Wallace and David Flett.
  • Myriad (1973) Folk/rock act with Carrl & Janie Myriad
  • Tour-support to Frank Zappa (Aust.tour 1973)
  • Scumbag (1973) Carlton 'alternative' band featuring, among others, Red Symons and Jenny Keath.
  • Toads (1975) Carlton love-child of Martin Armiger's 'legendary' Adelaide 'alternative' band 'Toad's Nightly'.
  • STILETTO (1976-78) Carlton 'alternative/pseudo-feminist' band that clawed it's way to 'Countdown'.

Recordings Include

  • Debutantes (OZS1005)
  • Licence to Rage (OZS1009) which included the 'almost-hit' single Bluebirds.
  • NIGHTHAWKES. (1981) R & B covers band.
  • JO JO ZEP (1982/83) Recordings include:
  • CHA - featured on 3 tracks
  • (Taxi Mary, Walk On By, You're Gonna Get It Boy)
  • Losing Game - 12' single
  • JANE CLIFTON & THE GO GO BOYS. (1984)
  • R & B covers band. Eponymous live cassette.
  • SO NICE ('96-2002) - 9 piece Brazil '66 covers band with Nichaud Fitzgibbon.
  • THE MARRIAGE OF STYLE - solo CD 2003


Jazz

  • Been singing in various jazz aggregates since the inaugural Jane Clifton and the Kurt Edelhagen Orchestra first appeared at the Flying Trapeze in 1979 .
  • The Unforgiven (1994)


Solo Recordings

  • L ON THE WALL (1984) Reached No.13 Nationally.
  • MY MACHINES (1984) Stiffed !
  • TURN TO DUST (1985) a jazz single onSpirit Records.
  • MOON OVER MELBOURNE (1993) ABC Records Compilation CD. (My track Carlton.)
  • GOING HOME (1993) ABC Records Compilation CD .
  • My track Weavils in the Flour.)
  • THE GREAT AUSSIE CHRISTMAS.(1995)
  • Thrifty-Link Hardware promotional, compilation.
  • (My track Santa Baby.)
  • INCOMMUNICAZO. (1996). Calendar plus CD for Nicky Brazil.
  • (My track Did You Call Her Darling.)
  • Four tracks for Jim MacLeod's Jazztrack (ABC FM). 1996

Cabaret

  • LA MAMA - Supper shows run by Betty Burstall in the early seventies, featuring Tribe on their own and with many rock bands including: Spectrum and Skyhooks. 1969 - 73.
  • T.F.MUCH & MUCH MORE BALLROOM & THE REGENT (in S.Yarra) - again, cabaret work with Tribe and rock bands. 1970 - 72.
  • FLYING TRAPEZE - a duo show with Steve J. Spears, called Lilly and Jagger. Several seasons. 1974.
  • LAST LAUGH THEATRE RESTAURANT A lot of waitress and bar work before: - wrote and performed about 5 un-named shows for myself plus piano player, for the upstairs bar before it became Le Joke. 1979-80.
  • -Bent Brass - the first Australian tour for The Brass Band and Hokum W. Jeebs (solo act) both of San Francisco Melb. season plus Adelaide tour - 1979. Le Joke - compered between 1979 and 1984. including the Christmas season of 1981.
  • The Mini-Busettes - a trio composed of myself, Colette Mann and Betty Bobbitt. 3 seasons at Le Joke, a lot of interstate telethons and too many Sydney League's Clubs (1981 -82).
  • ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE JANE CLIFTON - my first full-scale show downstairs at the Last Laugh. Written by myself and Wendy Harmer and directed by Burt Cooper. Ran for 4 months in Melbourne then did a 6 week season at Kinsela's in Sydney. (1985).
  • TAKE TWO - my second show downstairs at the Last Laugh. A 'duet' show written mostly by me, performed by myself and Danny Nash and directed by Burt Cooper. (1986)
  • PACK OF WOMEN - by Robyn Archer. 8 month tour 1983.
  • COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNUAL GREAT DEBATE - 'THAT LAUGHTER IS BETTER THAN SEX' - (1992).
  • I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU - THE DUSTY SPRINGFIELD SHOW. Devised and directed by Terry O'Connell. 1995/96
  • Black Cat Cabaret with Peaches La Creme - June 2001
  • STAND-UP &SWING - 2004 . Corporate show - a two-hander with stand-up comedian Denise Scott
  • JANE @ JANIE'S - 2006 Monday night residency at Hardiman's Hotel, Kensington. Songs and story-telling and chat.


Radio

  • 3 CR - presenter
  • serialised version of the novel " Love On the Dole"
  • 3RRR-FM - 1978-81.
  • 3AK - 1986 during the " Radio Titanic" period of Brian White' s CBC Network.
  • Hosted a Sunday night, 3 hour, magazine style show.
  • 3RPH - Presenter since 1995.
  • ABC 774 "Radio Breakfast" regular segment with Red Symons. 2003- 05
  • Also on ABC 774 - regular fill-in presenter until 2005 .
  • ABC Radio National Quiz "Quiz Mistress 2004"


Audio Books

SPOKEN WORD CASSETTES:

  • For the ABC: Death In Store' by Jennifer Rowe (ABC)
  • 'Listen '93' (ABC) - children's educational aid.
  • 'Listen '94' (ABC)
  • 'Listen '96' (ABC)
  • Laughter v Sex Debate (ABC)
  • Christmas Stories For Kids (ABC) 1994
  • For VISION AUSTRALIA Talking Book Library: The Triumph of the Airheads and the Retreat From Common Sense by Shelley Gare
  • It's Not My Fault They Print Them by Catherine Deveny
  • Vinyl Inside by Rachel Matthews
  • Prices' by David McRobbiea
  • Death On The Cape and other stories' by Mary Higgins Clarke.
  • 'Dawn ! One hell of a life' by Dawn Fraser
  • Daughters of Nazareth'
  • Yesterday's Dust' by Joy Dettman
  • Jilleroo' by Rachel Treasure
  • Curably Romantic' by Helen Townsend
  • The Matriarch ' the Kath Pettingil Story' by Adrian Tame
  • The Long Road Home' by Felicia Starr
  • Two For The Road' by Shirley Hardy-Rix and Brian Rix (2005)
  • Dead Sexy' by Kathy Lette (2005)
  • Pleasure and Pain ' a life' by Christine Amphlett (2006)
  • What Wome Want Next' by Susan Maushart (2006)
  • A Hand in the Bush' by Jane Clifton (2006)
  • For BOLINDA: Great Australian Womaen' by Sussana de Vries (2005)
  • With the Kama Sutra Under One Arm' by Trisha Bernard (2007)
  • Also: Voice-overs for radio and television commercials, film narrations, educational stuff for RMIT and Melbourne Uni.

Flush

Flush is the third crime novel by Jane Clifton.

In her second novel A Hand in the Bush we were introduced to psychologist Decca Brand and an assortment of anxious clients. In Flush one of those clients is accused of murder.

Following an extreme weather event the body of Oleg Kransky's wife, Inga, washes up on the banks of the Maribyrnong River in flood.

Caught in the act of taking his own life several hours later, and surrounded by the bloodstained clothes of his wife, Oleg quickly becomes the number one suspect.

But he's not talking. To anyone.

When Decca is called upon to assist the homicide squad in their enquiries it soon becomes apparent that even when Oleg was talking he wasn't telling the truth - about himself or about Inga.

It's a complicated tale with more twists and turns than a box full of pretzels.

How much water does it take to flush out a murderer?
ebook available through Amazon or at www.clandestinepress.com.au

A Hand in the Bush

"Far below her the ambulance and police cars were converging on the western banks of the Maribyrnong River. Further upstream Decca could just make out an approaching police launch.

Someone had jumped.

Engines were starting to rev as Decca returned to the Mustang. Like a procession of mourners at a coffin viewing, the traffic crawled past a dusty, white Toyota Starlet isolated in the breakdown lane by a curve of orange witches' hats. A motor-cycle cop was directing traffic around it while another uniform unrolled the blue and white tape from one part of the railing to the other. A few metres ahead, a brand new, yellow Hyundai sedan was also parked hard up against the railing.

Tyres crunched over broken glass but the Starlet seemed unmarked. A 'Baby on Board' sign hung in its back window.

What kind of person jumps at 8.45 am in full view of peak hour traffic ? And, was the baby still on board ?"

available through www.textpublishing.com.au

Half Past Dead

It wasn't for the sex. She told herself that all along. She had a good sex life.

A perfectly satisfying, regular and often thrilling sex life, even after many years of monogamy. A sex life that was, she admitted, largely confined to the bedroom, rather than the lounge-room floor or the shower or the kitchen table or just inside the front door and, these days, pyjamas were involved.

A sex life with no urgency, not a lot of selflessness and far less creativity than those all-night marathons of the first couple of years.

The back of her neck and her thighs were no longer the preferred targets for kisses - what kisses there were - and her toes were positively neglected. In fact, she would have to say that if her body were a football field, the midfield would be brown, dry and sandy with overuse while the wings, back and forward areas would be waist-high lush and green.

But for all that... she couldn't complain. Sex for her was open all hours, safe and savagely efficient. God knows, some of her female friends hadn't had so much as a cuddle with a man in over a year or, worse still, had almost given up hope.

Intelligent and financially independent, even the good-looking ones made other arrangements, went out with women or the occasional gay 'handbag', took pottery courses, did intensive, bone-draining yoga classes and joked about their vibrators. And there she was, knocking it back some nights because she was too tired !

So, it wasn't for the sex, Ronnie reminded herself as she looked down at the corpse of Lawrence Konitz sprawled across the lino, right where the mail would have dropped through the slot.

available through www.textpublishing.com.au

Awards

Awarded an Australia Council Fellowship of 6 weeks at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland to be taken up between May and September 2008, to work on a non-fiction book with the working title " The Address Book."

Assorted

  • Various reviews and fashion articles published from time to time in The Age, The (now defunct) Herald and the (almost legendary) Digger.
  • Filled in for Les Tanner' s column on the back of the Saturday Age for nine weeks Feb to May ' 93. Also for Red Symons' This Life column in The Age 2003
  • A piece on Man ' O Man commissioned by Debi Enker for the Sunday Ages View magazine.
  • A piece in The Bulletin' s Commemorative " 1975" edition. (Nov. 2005)
  • Speech writing to order.

Latest Work

Clean Energy Council Awards, Alice Springs Friday 6th August, 2010
MC'd an awards night in a quarry in Alice for 600 men - and about 20 women - involved in the solar industry. It was minus 1 degree in the open air but a Top Night was had by all.

Ned Kelly Awards 2010 - Friday 3rd September
This is my 8th year as host of the awards and moderator of the annual debate.
This year's topic ' That I can't do right in a world gone wrong' will be thrashed out by Virginia Trioli and Mark Dapin v Melanie Ostell and Lenny Bartulin.

Public Speaking

Jane is an accomplished public speaker, debater, M/C and quiz-mistress.

2010
  •     MC Australia Day Concert for the City of Nunawading (Jan 26)
  •    MC Moonee Valley Festival (Feb 28th)
  •    Panellist for a hypothetical hosted by Rotary at BMW Edge (Feb 25th)
  •    Guest Speaker for Essendon Rotary (Mar 9)
  •    MC Women of the Mitchell Shire event (May 20th)
  •    Literati Festival, Gold Coast (May 28/29)
  •     MC Essendon Women's Network 'Wives and Girlfriends' event (May 11)
  •    MC Fundaiser for Justin Madden (!)
  •    MC/host of Literary Speed Dating for the Wheeler Centre (July 9 & 10) 
2009
  • Williamstown Literary Festival with Denise Scott
  • MC (belated) International Women's Day function for the City of Wallan
  • Guest Speaker at a Celebrants' Seminar at Rydge's in Preston
  • MC Ned Kelly Awards (Aug 28)
  • Guest Speaker 'Book Bite' Lunch Croydon Library (Sept 10)
  • EWN GF Debate Moderator
  • State Library of Victoria Debate 'That Melbourne is a city of books not bogans'. (Oct15)
  • Guest Speaker Xavier College Parents' Evening
  • Moderator/writer/presenter of a hypothetical for the Royal Women's Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital (Nov. 11)
2008

2007
  • AUSTRALIA DAY EVE INNAUGURAL COMEDY DEBATE
  • For the Aust. Day Council. Outdoor at Docklands North Quay Precinct.
  • KNOX FESTIVAL
  • Miele Cookery Stage-2 days of hosting a line-up of celebrity chefs, cooking, interviewing, fielding audience participation. M/C
  • THE GULLIVER AWARDS
  • Speaker
  • INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY for Trades Hall, in the Bourke St. Mall.
  • M/C for a line-up of events and speakers including Julia Gillard and Sharan Burrow.
  • ROYAL WOMENS HOSPITAL
  • Media Launch of the Mothers Day Appeal. M/C
  • MELBOURNE WRITERS FESTIVAL 07 FESTIVAL CLUB HOST
  • M/C and co-ordinator of 2 weeks of events every night in the Festival Marquee, featuring local and international writers.
2006
  • MELBOURNE WRITER'S FESTIVAL"FESTIVAL CLUB HOST"
  • M/C and co-ordinator of 2 weeks of events every night in the Festival Marquee, featuring local and international writers.
  • CAULFIELD GRAMMAR After-dinner speaker
  • NED KELLY AWARDS for Crime Fiction M/C and moderator of Debate
  • ESSENDON FOOTBALL CLUB WOMEN's NETWORK GRAND FINAL LUNCHEON DEBATE M/C
2005
  • CONFERENCE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT CEO's (speaker)
  • SOCIETY OF EDITORS (speaker)
  • PERIOPTIC NURSES CONFERENCEB (speaker)
  • CITY OF GREATER GEELONG (speaker)
  • QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL Media Launch with various speakers and artists. M/C
  • AUSTRALIAN OPERA Dinner dance and auction. M/C
  • MELBOURNE WRITER'S FESTIVAL M/C of various panels.
  • NED KELLY AWARDS for Crime Fiction. M/C
  • ESSENDON FOOTBALL CLUB WOMEN'S NETWORK GRAND FINAL LUNCHEON DEBATE M/C
  • CITY OF MELBOURNE: CONVERSATIONS at MELBOURNE TOWN HALL - Women in Jazz
2004
  • ABC RADIO NATIONAL Host of the Radio National Quiz all year.
  • CITY OF MOONEE VALLEY COMMUNITY AWARDS M/C
  • ABC GARDENING AUSTRALIA Live at Caulfield Racecourse M/C of the Live Stage with numerous presenters and hands-on events.
  • IMMIGRATION MUSEUM Launch of the Station Pier installation M/C
  • WET NOSE DAY for SEDA (Seeing Eye Dogs Aust.) Live outdoor event at Birrarung Marr, working with dogs and their owners. M/C
  • EX LIBRIS "PORT FAIRY LITERATURE FESTIVAL " Launch M/C
  • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN' S DAY AT FED SQUARE 8 speakers and bands. M/C
  • ESSENDON FOOTBALL CLUB WOMEN'S NETWORK GRAND FINAL LUNCHEON DEBATE M/C
  • CITY OF MELBOURNE: CONVERSATIONS at MELBOURNE TOWN HALL - Shopping !
2003
  • PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS M/C
  • MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION Function with guest speakers including CHERIE BLAIR M/C
  • MENTONE GIRLS GRAMMAR After-dinner speaker
  • ESSENDON FOOTBALL CLUB WOMEN�S NETWORK GRAND FINAL LUNCHEON DEBATE M/C
  • YOORALLA "SCHOOLS OUT ON STAGE"
  • Private Schools Choirs in competition at BMW Edge. M/C
2002
  • ESSENDON FOOTBALL CLUB occasional host/MC at match-day corporate functions and players'forums
  • ESSENDON FOOTBALL CLUB WOMEN'S NETWORK GRAND FINAL LUNCHEON DEBATE M/C
  • CITY OF MELBOURNE: CONVERSATIONS at MELBOURNE TOWN HALL
  • Cafe Society (speaker)
  • There Is No Sanity Clause (M/C)
  • WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION Annual Awards at Flemington Atrium M/C
  • FINTONA GIRLS SCHOOL After-dinner Speaker
2001
  • City of Kingston Business Womens Luncheons: Guest speaker and M/C every year, from 2000 to 2007. 2 or 3 events a year, featuring a guest speaker, council speakers, corporate exercises and competitions.
  • Hypotheticals"in the Geoffrey Robertson-style" of preparing a scenario, guiding a panel of speakers through the topic and fielding questions from the floor:
  • Ministry of Housing May 2001
  • Department of Community Services - Immunisation Programme.
  • International Women' s Day Events:
  • City of Moonee Valley
  • Women's Health West.
  • ESSENDON FOOTBALL CLUB WOMEN'S NETWORK GRAND FINAL LUNCHEON DEBATE M/C
  • ESSENDON FOOTBALL CLUB FAMILY DAY
  • Post-2001Grand Final M/C
2000
  • Opening of the CLOCKTOWER CENTRE Theatre Season at the Essendon Town Hall M/C
  • SPOT ON JOAN 2 - 10 yr anniversary 2000 at the Malthouse M/C
1999
  • INTERNATIONAL BEER AWARDS - hosted the awards night at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom M/C
  • Opening of the new PLANETARIUM at Scienceworks M/C
1998
  • SAFETY IN ACTION 3 day Expo and Awards Night Dinner for Workcover M/C
1993
  • THE AGE ACCENT - 3LO INTERNATIONAL WOMEN' S DAY
  • LUNCHEON DEBATE M/C - Grand Hyatt Ballroom. Debate topic "Women at the forefront of change".
  • SYDNEY GOOD FOOD GUIDE Launch of the '93/'94 for The Age via Anne O'Donovan Publishing. M/C
  • THE GREAT PARACHUTE DEBATE - for the Mental Health Research Institute. At the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria.
  • MOTHER'S DAY DEBATE AND BRUNCH for the Women' s Mid-Life Health Project,Melbourne University, at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom.also:
    • 1997: Debated the topic" That Silence is Golden" .
    • 1998: Debated thetopic: " That we are becoming the men we wanted to marry"
    • 1999: MC only
    • 2002: Debated topic: " That the love of food is the sincerest love of all" (GBShaw)
    • 2003: " First in Best Dressed"
1992
  • Launch of the ANTE/POST NATAL PACKAGE LAUNCH for QUIT. M/C
1991
  • SPOT ON JOAN - a tribute to Joan Kirner. M/C. (1991)




Charity Work

15 years as a volunteer broadcaster on 3RPH ' Radio for the Print-Handicapped.

Also the recording of a number of talking books for Vision Australia.

Jane has been an Australia Day Ambassador for the past 5 years and will undertake the same role in 2011.

Throughout her career, Jane has performed at countless benefits and fund-raisers for any number of causes both political and personal.

Essendon Football Club

Jane is a passionate supporter of the Essendon Football Club and has been a member of the Essendon Women's Network Committee since 2000.

The committee hosts three functions a year including the annual Great Grand Final Comedy Debate held at Crown on the Thursday of Grand Final Week.

It is an AFL endorsed corporate event and attracts a huge audience of both men and women. Although hosted by the Essendon Women's Network it embraces the Women's Networks of all other AFL clubs and is designed as a celebration of women's support and participation in football.

The Annual Football Woman of the Year (affectionately known as the FWOTY) is presented at the event in recognition of women who have made a significant contribution to the game of football.

Jane has been the moderator of the debate since 2000 and has appeared in a wide selection of weird and wonderful costumes - often related to the debate topic. Milliner and fellow-Bomber tragic, Melissa Jackson has collaborated with Jane on these creations for many years.