Peter Garrett

Peter Garrett is one of our most prominent living Australians.  A renowned activist, former politician, and lead singer of Midnight Oil is a long-time campaigner on a range of local and global issues.

He served as president of the Australian Conservation Foundation for two terms, which saw significant additions to natural protected areas,
and the ACF grow into Australia’s leading national environment organisation.

As Minister for the Environment he instigated the successful historic International Court of Justice case against Japanese whaling.

As Minister for School Education he was responsible for introducing the national curriculum, and for legislating a new needs-based funding system for all Australian schools.

He is the only Australian politician to receive the ‘Leaders for a Living Planet’ award from the World Wildlife Fund and is a member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to the music industry and environment.

Following the release of Peter’s 2015 memoir “Big Blue Sky”, he returned to making music with his acclaimed debut solo album, “A Version Of Now”. In 2017 he and Midnight Oil regrouped after a 15 year absence for “The Great Circle” tour, playing 77 shows in 16 countries around the world. The band then recorded two new albums – “The Makarrata Project” (with First Nations Collaborators), and “Resist” – which each reached #1 on the ARIA charts. Across 2022 the Oils performed their final concert tour, calling for social justice and environmental sustainability.

Peter remains a prominent advocate for causes including ending the climate crisis, opposition to the AUKUS agreement, and the campaign for constitutional recognition and a Voice to parliament for First Nations people. He continues to make new music and will return to live performance later this year with a handful of special live appearances.