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Date of Birth 19 April 1953Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Birth NamePeter Robert Garrett
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

To call Peter Garrett a 'rock star' or a 'showman' would be a great insult to him. For Garrett, music was never about a good time, soul tunes and a beat that makes your feet move, it was about life itself! For over 20 years Garrett used the medium of music to convey his political views and messages to across the world. Garrett could best be described as a politician in a rock and roll stars body. Joining Midnight Oil in 1976, Garrett used the band as a means of conveying his strong political message to the world, with challenging songs that dealt with controversial subject matter such as nuclear disarmament, homeless youth, the stolen generation and saying 'sorry' to them, oppresion and the environment. Garrett showed his committment to politics over music when in 1984 he ran for the Australian senate on the Nuclear Disarmament Party. Although marginally losing out, Garrett continued to convey his challenging views to the world through his music. Midnight Oil shocked Australia in the early 80s when Garrett said they refused to appear on popular music show 'Countdown' - Midnight Oil were not showponies, their music had meaning! Some of their popular songs were 'Beds are burning', a challenging demanding song, which states 'the time has come, a facts a fact, the land is theirs, lets give it back', referring to the Australian colonial settlers taking the land from the Aboriginals, 'Black Fella, White Fella' which also examined the plight of the countries Indiginous people, 'Blue Sky Mine', 'Put down that weapon!','the dead heart', 'White belly, black heart' and their anthemic 'The power and the passion'. In 1987 they released their moat critically acclaimed album 'Diesel and Dust' which featured many political messages and pleas on the album. Garrett also collaborated with acclaimed indiginous songwriter Mandawuy Yunupingu for his controversial hit 'Treaty'. In 2000 Garrett performed with Midnight Oil at the sydney olympic games, performing a powerful rendition of 'Beds are Burning'. In a controversial move, all members of Midnight Oil wore shirts with 'sorry' impronted on them. Although Midnight Oil never recaptured their success from their album 'Diesel and dust' they continued to remain one of the countries most important bands right up until 2002, when Garrett announced he would be leaving to pursue his political and environmental goals. Peter Garrett is one of Australia's most powerful singers, and what made him even more powerful was the fact that his music carried a message, and listening to it made one think about what they could do to help make this world a better place.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: James Briggs

Spouse (1)

Doris Garrett (1986 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Songs often contain political messages
Bald head

Trivia (11)

Lead singer of an Australian modern synchronized pop-rock band Midnight Oil.
A strong political activist for environmental conservation.
Announced that he is leaving Midnight Oil to pursue other goals, particularly to do with Environmental conservation. [December 2002]
Sung at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic games.
In Politics. Garrett is running as Labour's Candidate for the Sydney Federal Seat of Kingsford Smith. [June 2004]
Grdauate 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.
Unsuccessfully stood for the Senate as a candidate for the Nuclear Disarmament Party of Australia [1984].
Elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Member for Kingsford Smith [October 2004].
Appointed Australian Government Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts on December 3, 2007.
He 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.
Mittagong, New South Wales, Australia [April 2010]

Personal Quotes (29)

Recently though, our State Governments have discussed instigating a carbon trading scheme - the details are still to be decided - and that's an encouraging sign.
At an everyday level I would reckon myself more than fortunate.
You don't want to spend your life explaining yourself.
And living in Australia I am relatively well off.
As far as performance, the roar of the crowd, the smell of the greasepaint no I don't feel that.
Climate change is also clearly a matter of huge interest and concern for the scientific community.
Climate change is such a huge issue that it requires strong, concerted, consistent and enduring action by governments.
I believe the divine is part of the world, not in a pantheistic way but by way of the movement of the Spirit.
I don't blame my own parents for the way I grew up, as quite often there is little choice in these issues.
I guess for me what is more significant than success is the nature of each of the songs and of the words.
I haven't chosen to make an issue of faith.
Our senses convey that all is not well with the natural world.
Some people are born with the necessary gift, and some work hard to build on the few gifts they have.
The fact is that we take music very seriously.
The place where the system and people's intentions meet is the political arena.
And 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.
I 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.
In 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.
In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected by climate variability than some other continents.
It'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.
Look, 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.
Once 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.
Our 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.
That 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.
The 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!
The 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.
There 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.
There 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.
What 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.

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