Peter Garrett

  1. Drama In Aussie Politics Sees Peter Garrett Quit, New Communications Minister Appointed

    July 01, 2013 1:21 AM EDT In a wild and dramatic five days of politics Down Under, Australia has a new minister for communications, its culture minister has added another portfolio and Peter Garrett – the former frontman of Midnight Oil who became a prominent Labor Party ...

  2. Mandawuy Yunupingu, Leader of Yothu Yindi, Dies at 56

    June 02, 2013 9:49 PM EDT Mandawuy Yunupingu, an artist, mentor and ambassador who galvanized Australia’s indigenous and non-indigenous people and brought contemporary Aboriginal music to the world through his group Yothu Yindi, has died at the age of 56. The former Aust ...

  3. Australia’s Arts Minister Simon Crean Out, ‘Creative Australia’ Faces Unknown Fate

    March 22, 2013 2:50 AM EDT Australia is without an arts minister less than two weeks after the incumbent Simon Crean presented the country’s first cultural policy in nearly 20 years. In an eventful day for Australian politics, Crean was dismissed on Thursday after he unsu ...

  4. Australian Govt Pledges To Back Songwriters

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists, get to work on your songs. Everything else is window-dressing. That was the overriding theme of the second bi-annual APRA Song Summit, held in Sydney. Peter Garrett , the rock star-turned politician, gave the three-day creative, business ...

  5. Artists Donate Memorabilia For Bushfire Benefit Auction

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Gudinski's Frontier Touring Company is throwing its support behind another music-led project to raises funds the Victorian bushfires, only this time it's in aid of animals harmed by the disaster. Frontier Touring has teamed with ...

  6. Midnight Oil Triumph At Wet Melbourne Bushfire Gig

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Unexpected rain and chilly temperatures were no deterrent for the 81,000 fans who turned out today for the Sound Relief bushfire benefit concert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Thousands of ticketholders in the open-air section sheltered un ...

  7. Smellie Moots Aussie Music Day

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian music industry suffers from "an appalling lack of leadership" and needs to work with government and the business sector to revive its fortunes, according to Aussie veteran record label executive Michael Smellie. Smellie� ...

  8. Garrett Adds Voice To Aussie Song Summit

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peter Garrett, Australia's federal minister for the environment, heritage and the arts, will deliver the keynote speech at the inaugural Song Summit Sydney on Thursday. The former Midnight Oil singer will discuss "the politics of art&quo ...

  9. Garrett Unveils New Aussie Arts Policy

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first arts policy drawn up by Australia's new Labor government includes initiatives for the contemporary music sector. The arts minister is Peter Garrett, former singer with the political Sony BMG-signed veteran rock band Midnight Oil. Th ...

  10. Midnight Oil's Garrett Named Aussie Arts Minister

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST The newly-elected Australian Labor government today appointed former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett as environment, heritage and arts minister. Garrett, who initially ran as a candidate for the Nuclear Disarmament Party in the 1980s, joined the ...