Midnight Oils’ Peter Garrett Quits Politics


From Tone Deaf:

Rockstar turned politician Peter Garrett has announced that he will quit politics at the next election, following an incredible evening that saw Julia Gillard lose the prime ministership to Kevin Rudd after a leadership spill of the federal Labor Party.

The Midnight Oil frontman has also decided to quit cabinet, leaving behind the school education, early childhood and youth portfolio, following a number of other cabinet colleagues who also quit the ministry.

“I am proud to have committed our government to a world class system of marine parks, placed the Kimberley region on our National Heritage list, introduced the first e-waste recycling scheme and ensured resale royalties for Australian artists, including Indigenous artists,” Garrett said.

Garrett’s enthusiasm and passion for music was largely evident in his political career, with the 59-year-old regularly speaking out about the importance of music in the school curriculumincluding a 2011 speech to a NSW high school on the subject, as well as the importance of the live music scene – and especially the Sydney venues he and his band started their early career in.

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