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Peter Garrett

The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Personal data
Date of birth16 April 1953(age 58)
Place of birthWahroonga, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party
SpouseDoris Ricono-Garrett (m.1986)
ChildrenEmily, May, Grace
ResidenceRandwick, New South Wales
Alma materAustralian National University, University of New South Wales
OccupationPolitician, Activist, Musician
Australian House of Representatives Member for Kingsford Smith
Assumed office9 October 2004
ConstituencyKingsford Smith
Preceded byLaurie Brereton
Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth
Assumed office14 September 2010
Preceded bySimon Crean (Minister for Education)
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts
In office3 December 2007 - 8 March 2010
Succeeded byPeter Garrett
Preceded byMalcolm Turnbull
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts
In office8 March 2010 - 14 September 2010
Succeeded byTony Burke (Environment, Heritage), Simon Crean (Arts)
Preceded byPeter Garrett
Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment, Heritage and the Arts
In officeDecember 2006 - 5 December 2007
Preceded byAnthony Albanese

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Peter Robert Garrett, AM, MP (born 16 April 1953), is an Australian musician, environmentalist, activist and politician.

Garrett was lead singer of the Australian rock band Midnight Oil from 1973 until its disbanding in 2002. He served as President of the Australian Conservation Foundation for a total of ten years, and in 2003 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the environment and music industry.

He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the House of Representatives for the seat of Kingsford Smith, New South Wales, since October 2004. After the Labor Party won in the November 2007 election, Garrett was appointed Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. On 8 March 2010, his portfolio title was changed to Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts. He continued in this role in Julia Gillard's first Ministry. He was re-elected at the 2010 election and was appointed Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He was sworn into this portfolio on 14 September 2010 as a member of the Second Gillard Ministry. In 2009, the French Government appointed Garrett an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2010, WWF Australia and International presented him with their Leaders for a Living Planet award.

Peter Garrett Video

"Biggest wave" Mavericks big wave surfing goes off 1.19.2001 at Half Moon Bay California - Viral Video - Extreme surfing - Tow-in Tashnick, Brock Little, Danilo Couto, Darryl Virostko, Evan Slater, Garrett McNamara, Grant Baker, Grant Washburn, Greg Long, Ion Banner, Jamie Sterling, John Whittle, Josh Loya, Kenny Collins, Matt Ambrose, Peter Mel, Randy Cone, Ross Clarke-Jones, Russell Smith, Ryan Seelbach, Shane Desmond, Shawn Rhodes, Tyler Smith
3.23 min. | 4.41 user rating
Filmed in Verdun Military Cemetery (France). The singer, Peter Garrett, is now australian Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts in Kevin Rudd's government. Lyrics : Few of the sins of the father, are visited upon the son Hearts have been hard, our hands have been clenched in a fist too long Our sons will never be soldiers, our daughters will never need guns These are the years between These are the years that were hard fought and won Contracts torn at the edges, old signatures stained with tears Seasons of war and peace, these should not be forgotten years Still it aches like tetanus, it reeks of politics How many dreams remain? This is a feeling too strong to contain The hardest years, the darkest years, the roarin' years, the fallen years These should not be forgotten yrs The hardest yrs, the wildest yrs, the desperate and divided yrs We will remember, these should not be forgotten yrs Our shoreline was never invaded, our country was never in flames This is the calm we breathe, this is a feeling too strong to contain Still it aches like tetanus, it reeks of politics Signatures stained with tears, who can remember We've got to remember The hardest... Forsaking aching breaking yrs, the time and tested heartbreak yrs These should not be forgotten yrs The blinded yrs, the binded yrs, the desperate and divided yrs These should not be forgotten yrs, remember (Hirst/Moginie)
4.25 min. | 4.91 user rating
10/18/2007 Mavericks Surfing and Garrett McNamara Standup Paddleboard XXL contenders by Greg Long, Peter Mel and Carlos Burle Thanks to Tim West and Jenny Useldinger!
3.87 min. | 4.38 user rating
This is a parody of US Bases, by Midnight Oil
1.57 min. | 4.74 user rating
Loose ladies Jackie Brambles, Sherrie Hewson, Lesley Garrett & Lynda Bellingham. PS Let me know what you think about the border (:
7.52 min. | 4.23 user rating
Peter Garret describes his "short and jocular" conversation. Episode 23
0.88 min. | 4.64 user rating
The Chaser Team parodies Peter Garrett and Midnight Oil
1.55 min. | 4.60 user rating
Midnight Oil with electric front man Peter Garrett smashing out Blue Sky Mining at the Sound Relief concert at the MCG in Melbourne. What a show. Bushfire victims - we will not forget you. Check for more Oil videos!
3.25 min. | 4.30 user rating
This is a parody of US Forces by midnight Oil, whose ex-front man Peter Garrett (The guy with a shaved head) is now a member of the Australian Labor Party whose left-wing policies are now becoming more right wing..more like the Liberals who are currently in power.
1.65 min. | 4.54 user rating
Unedited, the interview with Peter Garrett and John Foreman on The Big Night In.
9.93 min. | 4.38 user rating

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Garrett marriage support back on the record - Sydney Star Observer Tweet this news
Sydney Star Observer--The Labor Member for Kingsford-Smith, -Peter Garrett-, is back on the record as a supporter of same-sex marriage after a five years hiatus. Garrett told ABC TV earlier today, “I don't see what the major impediments to [same-se - Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2011 01:57:53 GMT+00:00
Garrett honours grandfather he never knew - Ninemsn Tweet this news
Ninemsn--Rock star turned federal minister -Peter Garrett's- 1993 single In the Valley paid tribute to the grandfather he never knew. "My grandfather went down with the Montevideo. The rising sun sent him floating to his rest," he s - Date : Sat, 02 Jul 2011 07:13:13 GMT+00:00
Carbon tax: Clean energy rally at Coogee on Sunday - Southern Courier Tweet this news
Southern Courier--He is better known for singing and dancing but this week -Peter Garrett- is drumming up support for climate change through a Clean Energy Future rally at Coogee this Sunday. The rally will start at the southern end of the beach and will - Date : Mon, 18 Jul 2011 11:11:21 GMT+00:00
Garrett backs controversial school chaplaincy - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online---Peter Garrett- says chaplains do vital work but some changes to the program may be needed. (ABC TV News - file image) Education Minister -Peter Garrett- says the Federal Government intends to expand its school chaplaincy program ... - Date : Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:12:01 GMT+00:00
My School data 'inaccurate' - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--INDEPENDENT schools have told School Education Minister -Peter Garrett- that the next version of the My School website will include inaccurate financial data unless changes are made to how the information is collected and reported. - Date : Mon, 04 Jul 2011 13:57:45 GMT+00:00
Midnight Oil: an appreciation - (blog) Tweet this news (blog)--That could be because -Peter Garrett- is now a politician. He was, arguably, a politician - or practising at least - by the time of Diesel and Dust, if not before. And for all the acclaim that album gathered it put a lot of people off - Date : Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:05:02 GMT+00:00
$47 million tick for NSW effort in English and maths - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--The Federal Minister for School Education, -Peter Garrett-, will announce the payment today. NSW earned it by meeting 11 of its 12 targets under the $540 million national partnership agreement. It partially met its remaining target. - Date : Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:10:42 GMT+00:00
NSW schools to pay $200m more for power - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--Federal School Education Minister -Peter Garrett- responded by calling the claim a coalition scare campaign. He said the government's contribution to school funding was indexed, so as costs rose, funding to schools would increa - Date : Sun, 17 Jul 2011 21:55:58 GMT+00:00
Government creates advisory group on IT in education - iTWire Tweet this news
iTWire--School education minister, -Peter Garrett-, announced the move at the 2011 Australasian Association of Distance Education Schools National Conference in Hobart, saying: "The group will be chaired by the highly respected eLearning expert a - Date : Mon, 18 Jul 2011 05:07:06 GMT+00:00
Schools campaign puts body image issues on the line - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--Youth Minister -Peter Garrett- yesterday launched the Respect Every Body classroom resources package, which will be sent to every school in Australia. Mr Garrett said the new information packs, which included a poster and online discussion - Date : Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:06:04 GMT+00:00

Political offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Turnbull
as Minister for Lands, Parks and Wildlife
as Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts (from March 2010 Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts)
Succeeded by
Tony Burke
as Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Succeeded by
Simon Crean
as Minister for the Arts
Preceded by
Simon Crean
as Minister for Education
Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth
Preceded by
Kate Ellis
as Minister for Early Childhood Education, Child Care and Youth
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Laurie Brereton
Member for Kingsford Smith
2004 - present

Current members of the Cabinet of Australia

Gillard * Swan * Evans * Faulkner * Crean * Smith * Roxon * Macklin * Tanner * Albanese * Conroy * Carr * Wong * Garrett * McClelland * Ludwig * Burke * Ferguson * Bowen |

Current Members of the Australian House of Representatives from New South Wales

LaborAnthony Albanese * Sharon Bird * Chris Bowen * David Bradbury * Tony Burke * Jason Clare * Greg Combet * Bob Debus * Justine Elliot * Laurie Ferguson * Joel Fitzgibbon * Peter Garrett * Jennie George * Sharon Grierson * Jill Hall * Chris Hayes * Julia Irwin * Mike Kelly * Robert McClelland * Maxine McKew * Daryl Melham * John Murphy * Belinda Neal * Julie Owens * Tanya Plibersek * Roger Price * Janelle Saffin * Craig Thomson
LiberalTony Abbott * Bob Baldwin * Bronwyn Bishop * Pat Farmer * Paul Fletcher * Joanna Gash * Alex Hawke * Joe Hockey * Sussan Ley * Louise Markus * Scott Morrison * Philip Ruddock * Alby Schultz * Malcolm Turnbull * Danna Vale
NationalsJohn Cobb * Mark Coulton * Luke Hartsuyker * Kay Hull
IndependentRob Oakeshott * Tony Windsor

Midnight Oil

Studio albumsMidnight Oil * Head Injuries * Place without a Postcard * 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 * Red Sails in the Sunset * Diesel and Dust * Blue Sky Mining * Earth and Sun and Moon * Breathe * Redneck Wonderland * Capricornia
Charting singles1978: "Run by Night" * 1981: "Don't Wanna Be the One" * "Armistice Day" * 1982: "Power and the Passion" * "Read About It" * "US Forces" * 1986: "The Dead Heart" * 1987: "Beds Are Burning" * "Put Down that Weapon" * 1988: "Dreamworld" * 1990: "Blue Sky Mine" * "Forgotten Years" * "King of the Mountain" * "Bedlam Bridge" * "One Country" * 1992: "Sometimes" * 1993: "Truganini" * "My Country" * "In the Valley" * "Drums of Heaven" * "Outbreak of Love" * 1996: "Underwater" * "Surf's Up Tonight" * 1998: "Redneck Wonderland" * "White Skin Black Heart" * "Cemetery In My Mind" * 2000: "The Real Thing" 2002: "Golden Age"
Compilations and EPsBird Noises * Species Deceases * 20,000 Watt R.S.L. * Flat Chat
Live and other albumsThe Green Disc * Scream in Blue * The Real Thing * Best of Both Worlds
Videos and filmsBlack Fella White Fella * Black Rain Falls * 20,000 Watt R.S.L. The Midnight Oil Collection * Best of Both Worlds
Additional personnelGlyn Johns * Nick Launay * Magoo * Gary Morris
Related articlesDiscography * Ghostwriters

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