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Arts & Public Life Breakfast ‘Key performance: power, passion and public life’
Peter Garrett, AM, Federal MP for Kingsford Smith, now Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth
‘For me, music is still the food of life,’ says Peter Garrett AM MP. Lead singer of Midnight Oil for 27 years, peace activist, long-time conservationist and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation 1989–93, 1998–2002, now Labor Member for Kingsford Smith, Garrett has been in politics all his life. A man who has sung his music from Arnhem Land to Madison Square Garden, and who wrote the word ‘Sorry’ across the 2000 Olympics closing ceremony. While the success of the band in later years led to some creature comforts, he is familiar with the hard knocks and hard beds in the life of the independent artist. After a year in the job he is able to reveal how these experiences have equipped him to be both advocate and party member.