, New South Wales , Australia
|| April 16, 1953
Sep 12, 2019 11:55am
Very Liberal - Pro Environment -
|Info||Peter Garrett is widely known as a passionate advocate and essayist on a range of contemporary Australian and global issues. |
He was vocalist, co-lyricist and dynamic frontman for Midnight Oil for 26 groundbreaking years. The band was known for protest and benefit shows, notably at Jabiluka in the Northern Territory's Kakadu National Park, Sao Paulo Brazil, Clayquot in Canada, the anti Exxon Valdez performance on a truck top in the streets of New York, and of course the 'sorry suits performance' at the Sydney 2000 Olympics closing ceremony. Of Midnight Oil's 16 albums,"10-1", "Diesel and Dust", "Blue Sky Mining" and "Redneck Wonderland" were amongst the most provocative and successful, whilst songs like "Beds are Burning", "Power and the Passion" and "US Forces" have become FM radio standards.
Named by US Rolling Stone magazine as "One of the most significant bands ever to emerge from Australia". The 'Oils' were renowned for a fierce independent stance and active support of a range of contemporary concerns including the plight of homeless youth, indigenous people's rights and protection of the environment.
Peter served two terms as President of the Australian Conservation Foundation. From 1989 to 1993 significant results for many threatened areas of the Australian environment including Coronation Hill in Kakadu, Shoalwater Bay in Queensland, the Queensland Wet Tropics rainforest and Jervis Bay in NSW were achieved during this time.
In his second term the Australian Conservation Foundation grew strongly, developed partnerships with Non Government Organisations, progressive business groups, and expanded its campaigning into marine conservation and northern Australia.
He received the Australian Humanitarian Foundation Award in the Environment category in 2000 and in 2003 the Order of Australia (Member General Division), for his contribution to environment and the music industry.