Peter Garrett AM, MP was elected as the Labor Member for Kingsford Smith in 2004 and in 2007 was appointed Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts following the election of a Rudd Labor Government. After restructuring of the Department of the Environment in 2010, Peter was sworn in as Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts.
He is a passionate advocate and campaigner on a range of Australian and global issues, former president of the Australian Conservation Foundation and former singer of legendary Australian band Midnight Oil, renowned for its driving hard rock, intense live performances and uncompromising political activism, particularly in aid of anti-nuclear, environmentalist and indigenous causes.
The band's protest and benefit shows, notably the anti-Exxon performance on a truck-top in the streets of New York and the 'sorry suits' performance at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games closing ceremony were hallmarks of a thirteen-album career, beginning in the mid-70s and culminating in 11 ARIA awards and induction into the Hall of Fame. ARIA chairperson Denis Handlin described the band's work as 'unique rock music that inspires, entertains and will last forever.'
Peter served two terms as president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, achieving significant results for many threatened areas of the Australian environment including the Queensland Wet Tropics rainforest and Jervis Bay in NSW, developing partnerships with non-government organisations and business, and expanding its campaigning into marine conservation and northern Australia. For five years Peter was on the International Board of Greenpeace.
He received the Australian Humanitarian Foundation Award (Environment) in 2000, and in 2003 received the Order of Australia (Member General Division) for services to both environmental advocacy and the music industry. In 2009, the French Government appointed Peter an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters and in 2010, WWF presented Peter with their Leaders for a Living Planet award.
Peter Garrett travels from New South Wales Australia