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Peter Garrett


Lead singer from the rock-band Midnight Essential oil who utilized his fame to become renowned environmental activist. He was the Australian Minister for College Education, Early Years as a child and Youngsters from 2010 to 2013. His music group sang musical protests towards the U.S. international plan in the 1980s, with Garrett also wanting to get into politics. He was voted towards the Australian Home of Reps in 2004, and a yr later on he was appointed Darkness Parliamentary Secretary for Reconciliation as well as the Arts. He previously three kids with wife greater than 25 years, Doris Garrett. Rob Hirst was his bandmate as well as the drummer for Midnight Essential oil.

Quick Facts

Full Name Peter Garrett
Date Of Birth April 16, 1953
Place Of Birth Australia
Height 1.93 m
Profession Politician
Education Barker College, University of New South Wales, Australian National University
Nationality Australian
Spouse Doris Garrett
Children Emily Garrett, Grace Garrett, May Garrett
Parents Betty Garrett, Peter Garrett
Awards MTV Australia Award for Free Your Mind
Nominations ARIA Music Award for Best Adult Alternative Album
Movies Midnight Oil: Diesel and Dust
Star Sign Aries

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1Mittagong, New South Wales, Australia [April 2010]
2He was awarded the AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to to the community as a prominent advocate for environmental conservation and protection, and to the music industry.
3Appointed Australian Government Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts on December 3, 2007.
4Elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Member for Kingsford Smith [October 2004].
5Unsuccessfully stood for the Senate as a candidate for the Nuclear Disarmament Party of Australia [1984].
6Grdauate of the Australian National University (Bachelor of Arts) and University of New South Wales (Bachelor of Law). Also has honorary Doctorates from the University of New South Wales and Griffith University.
7In Politics. Garrett is running as Labour's Candidate for the Sydney Federal Seat of Kingsford Smith. [June 2004]
8Sung at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic games.
9Announced that he is leaving Midnight Oil to pursue other goals, particularly to do with Environmental conservation. [December 2002]
10A strong political activist for environmental conservation.
11Lead singer of an Australian modern synchronized pop-rock band Midnight Oil.



Molly2016TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Story2014TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
American Dad!2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Underground: The Julian Assange Story2012writer: "Blossom and Blood"
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta2011TV Movie documentary writer: "Beds Are Burning"
20 to 12008-2010TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
The Kite Runner2007writer: "Beds are Burning"
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Encino Man1992lyrics: "Treaty" - as P. Garrett / music: "Treaty" - as P. Garrett
One Night Stand1984writer: "Short Memory"



Blood and Thunder: The Sound of Alberts2015TV Mini-Series documentaryMember Midnight Oil Band
Australian Story2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Friend
Q&A2010-2013TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Kitchen Cabinet2012TV SeriesHimself
Pictures of You2012TV SeriesHimself
Meet the Press2012TV SeriesHimself
Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson2011DocumentaryHimself
Eco-Trek2011TV SeriesHimself
The 7PM Project2009-2011TV SeriesHimself - Federal Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth / Himself - Federal Minister for the Environment - Heritage and the Arts
The Librarians2010TV SeriesHimself
First Tuesday Book Club2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panellist
The Australian Music Community Presents: Sound Relief2009/IITV Special documentaryHimself
2008 National Musicoz Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Live Earth2007TV Special documentaryHimself
The Nation2007TV SeriesHimself
MTV Australia Video Music Awards 20062006TV SpecialHimself
20 to 12005-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Panel2004TV SeriesHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryThemselves
Walking Through a Minefield1999DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hessie's Shed1998TV SeriesHimself
Midnight Oil: 20,000 Watt R.S.L. - The Midnight Oil Collection1997Video documentaryHimself
Save Clayoquot Sound1993DocumentaryHimself (Midnight Oil)
Unplugged1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live1993TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Midnight Oil: Black Rain Falls1990Video documentaryHimself - Lead vocals
The 12th Annual American Music Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid1985Video documentaryHimself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City1985Video shortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell2013TV SeriesHimself
The Greatest2009TV Series documentaryHimself - #95: 'Beds Are Burning' (as Midnight Oil)

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1What generally happens in this county is that our politicians don't serve us well because they don't tell the truth, and they don't keep their promises.
2There was never going to be a right time for a band that was still recording and had health in its environment, had made a very good record and was playing well.
3There are a range of associated impacts related to increasing temperatures which affect both evaporation rates and river systems, which are already over stressed, and these will hit farming communities and the health of crop lands.
4The forces that are in play on climate change essentially revolve around the generation of power, the transportation of goods and services and people, and the sorts of materials that we use to fuel the whole of our civilisation.
5The Capitol was an occasion where you arrive at a sign in the road that says you have arrived at a place you may not have expected to be, but you know how you got here: Next!
6That was the crossover line for us, to be able to play that many shows, sell them out real quick and have that tribe queue up outside and still be a mystery to everybody else.
7Our career path has tended to be the most perverse and contrary approach to the entertainment industry imaginable, while at the same time doing the kinds of things that you have to do, the videos, the photos and all that sort of stuff.
8Once you start to look into the guts of climate change you find that just about every scientific institution in the world is conducting research on the issue.
9Look, very clearly there are things that need to be done urgently in relation to climate change, and of those the most obvious is to have an enforceable and equitable arrangement delivering deep cuts in emissions into the middle of the century.
10It's absolutely not acceptable for people to argue that, if we are going to do anything about climate change at all, well, the responsibility lies solely with the individual.
11In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected by climate variability than some other continents.
12In our early period we pretty much survived or perished on our capacity to reach people, and on getting into the pattern of having no money and playing lots of shows.
13I believe that the quantum of our knowledge will increase considerably in the coming years and that scientists will continue to be amongst the brave voices speaking out.
14And given that there's been probably a ten-fold amount of information about terrorism through the media than there has about climate change; I think that's quite an interesting statistic.
15The place where the system and people's intentions meet is the political arena.
16The fact is that we take music very seriously.
17Some people are born with the necessary gift, and some work hard to build on the few gifts they have.
18Our senses convey that all is not well with the natural world.
19I haven't chosen to make an issue of faith.
20I guess for me what is more significant than success is the nature of each of the songs and of the words.
21I don't blame my own parents for the way I grew up, as quite often there is little choice in these issues.
22I believe the divine is part of the world, not in a pantheistic way but by way of the movement of the Spirit.
23Climate change is such a huge issue that it requires strong, concerted, consistent and enduring action by governments.
24Climate change is also clearly a matter of huge interest and concern for the scientific community.
25As far as performance, the roar of the crowd, the smell of the greasepaint no I don't feel that.
26And living in Australia I am relatively well off.
27You don't want to spend your life explaining yourself.
28At an everyday level I would reckon myself more than fortunate.
29Recently though, our State Governments have discussed instigating a carbon trading scheme - the details are still to be decided - and that's an encouraging sign.

1Bald head
2Songs often contain political messages

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