Former Labor minister and front-man for Midnight Oil, Peter Garrett, will explores his musical and environmental passion at special event in Lismore next month.
Garrett, currently on a national tour with his new band, will take part in NORPA’s in-conversation series at the Lismore City Hall on Friday, 18 November, at 7pm.
Garrett will talk about his musical and environmental career, from Midnight Oil to his memoir Big Blue Sky.
The ‘Oils’ were renowned for their fierce independent stance and active support of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and protection of the environment.
The band’s protest and benefit shows, most notably the anti-Exxon performance on the back of a truck in the streets of New York, and the ‘Sorry suits’ appearance at the closing of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, were hallmarks of a 13-album career leading to an ARIA lifetime achievement award in 2006.
Garrett was appointed the youngest-ever president of the Australian Conservation Foundation (1989-96).
He entered federal parliament as the Member for Kingsford Smith in 2004.
In 2007, Labor won government and he was appointed Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.
A member of the Order of Australia for contributions to the music industry and environment, and an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (France), in 2010 he received the ‘Leaders for a Living Planet’ award from WWF Australia and International.
Married with three daughters, Garrett has recently released his memoir Big Blue Sky and a debut solo album A Version of Now, and is touring nationally with his band the Alter Egos.
The cost for the NORPA show is $35 or, for those 25 and under, $25.