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GARRETT, the Hon. Peter Robert, AMBiography for GARRETT, the Hon. Peter Robert, AM

Member for Kingsford Smith (NSW)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Kingsford Smith, New South Wales, 2004. Re-elected 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts from 3.12.2007 to 8.3.2010.

Cabinet Minister from 3.12.2007 to 1.7.2013.

Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts from 8.3.2010 to 14.9.2010.

Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth from 14.9.2010 to 1.7.2013.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (Aboriginal Affairs before 4.5.1992) from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 7.12.2004 to 17.10.2007.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Official visits to Indonesia, December 2007.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, April 2008.

Official visits to Indonesia, UK, France, Belgium and Germany, April-May 2008.

Official visits to Chile and USA, June-July 2008.

Official visits to New Zealand, September 2008.

Official visits to Papua New Guinea, March 2009.

Official visits to USA, April 2009.

Official visits to Indonesia, May 2009.

Official visits to Portugal and France, June 2009.

Official visits to USA, September 2009.

Official visits to Solomon Islands, November 2009.

Official visits to New Zealand, January 2010.

Official visits to Morocco, June 2010.

Official visits to USA, France and Belgium, October 2011.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Reconciliation and the Arts from 24.6.2005 to 10.12.2006.

Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Heritage from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.

Shadow Minister for the Arts from 10.12.2006 to 3.12.2007.


Born 16.4.1953, Wahroonga, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Australian National University).

LLB (University of New South Wales).

Musician, Midnight Oil, from 1977 to 2002.

President of the Australian Conservation Foundation from 1989 to 1993.

President of the Australian Conservation Foundation from 1999 to 2004.


Appointed Member of the Order of Australia, 09.06.2003.


Political Blues, Hodder and Stoughton, Sydney: 1987.


Name: Kingsford Smith

Location: southern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Banksmeadow, Botany, Chifley, Coogee, Daceyville, Eastgardens, Eastlakes, Hillsdale, Kensington, Kingsford, La Perouse, Little Bay, Malabar, Maroubra, Maroubra Junction, Mascot, Matraville, Pagewood, Phillip Bay, Port Botany and South Coogee, and parts of Clovelly, Randwick and Rosebery.

Area: 127 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 97,747 (at 21.8.2010)

Industries: shipping, paper manufacturing, light manufacturing, commercial and retail businesses.

Includes: Kingsford Smith includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Maroubra, and parts of Coogee, Heffron and Sydney.