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Peter Garrett: A Live of Environmental Activism

‘We want to imagine “the best” but even trying to get “good” to happen is a lot of hard work. There’s the compromises, the back and forward, you know, the gritty business. You know how you never want to see how sausages are made, well, same goes with politics really.’ – Peter Garrett.

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From the lead singer of Midnight Oil, one of Australia’s most successful and politically engaged bands, to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage & the Arts in the Rudd/Gillard Labor governments, Peter Garrett has been a long-time campaigner on a range of local and global issues.

Through all his work, Garrett has exemplified the power of arts and activism in fighting for positive environmental change; whether performing in protest and benefit shows globally or steering the Australian Conservation Foundation as its youngest ever president.

During Spring Fling, the Wheeler Centre went to Macedon for a thought-provoking conversation between Garrett and award-winning author and journalist Anna Krien presented in partnership with the inaugural Mountain Writers Festival. Together they reflect on Garrett’s incredible life of environmental activism, and the role art, politics and campaigning can play in creating positive, lasting change.



Presented in partnership with Mountain Writers Festival.

This audio recording of this event was produced by motion media students from Alice Miller School in Macedon.

Featured music is Golden Hour by Sarah, The Illstrumentalist

This event was part of the Wheeler Centre’s Spring Fling: A Short Series of Big Ideas program – supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.

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