In the media
Awaken on NITV, 11 Jan 2016
Big Ideas on ABC RN, 2 Nov 2015
Listen to my interview with Paul Barclay
“Peter Garrett is a long-time advocate and campaigner on a range of local and global issues. A member of Midnight Oil, one of Australia’s most successful bands, he served as a cabinet minister in the Rudd/Gillard Labor governments from 2007-13.
“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.” [click here for full profile]
It’s a credit to the former singer’s skill as a storyteller that he makes the banality of suburban childhood seem not just compelling but somehow magical, without ever being so ham-fisted and gauche as to claim any special status for an upbringing that was entirely unremarkable.John Birmingham