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PETER ROBERT GARRETT - A SHORT BIOG.

Although best known as the lead singer and lyricist for rock band Midnight Oil, Peter Garrett has a long history of involvement in political and social justice campaigns.

Garrett, 45, was bom in Sydney, studied Arts at the Australian National University, Law at the University of New South Wales and was recently included on the National Trust of Australia’s list of “Living Treasures’.

During a career spanning 21 years, 'the Oils’ have released 11 albums and numerous singles and HP’s to popular and critical acclaim both in Australia and internationally. Their 12lh album, “Redneck Wonderland” will be released on July 6.

As a public figure in his own right, Peter Garrett has been a prominent campaigner and spokesman on a range of issues, including civil liberties, disarmament and the environment. He took a leading role in the campaign against the Hawke Government’s proposed “Australia Card”.

As convenor of the National Save Jervis Bay Campaign, Garrett spearheaded the successful drive to create a National Park at Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast.

He was a foundation member of The Surfrider Foundation, has served previously as ACF president (1989 - 1993) and on the International Board of Greenpeace, and as mentor and patron for a number of community interest groups.

While with the ACF, Garrett played a prominent role in having Shark Bay (WA) declared a World Heritage area, stopping mining at Coronation Hill and saving large areas of Tasmanian forests.

He also ran for a NSW Senate spot for the Nuclear Disarmament Party and as ACF patron in recent years has assisted from time to time with political lobbying.

An occasional author and documentary film-maker, Garrett most recently co-wrote and narrated “Shoalwater Bay: Up for Grabs”.

As ACF president, Peter Garrett brings legal knowledge, political and campaign experience, passion, commitment, and the respect of a wide cross section of the Australian community, particularly the young.

Together with newly-installed Executive Director Don Henry, an internationally respected environmentalist with a science background, he forms part of the new leadership “dream team” at the ACF to ensure it can provide a strong voice for the strong commitment and concern Australians have for the environment.

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