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Unfortunately NORPA has been forced to cancel their Big Think event featuring Peter Garrett In Conversation.

If you have already purchased tickets we will be refunding tickets bought to this event. NORPA is revealing its full 2017 Season program on Thursday 10 November, which sees our Big Think program rolled out throughout the year with more talks, provocations and ideas sessions.

All ticket holders will be contacted by the NORPA Box Office to confirm you have received this information and a full refund will be processed on credit card payments. All cash purchases will be refunded at the NORPA Box Office.

Should you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 066 772.

The most political band in Australian music history, Midnight Oil combined environmentalism, activism and driving, explosive hard rock. As their front-man, Peter Garrett provided a towering, electrifying intensity that spilled over into his subsequent political career. Join him in conversation as he explores his musical and environmental passions, from Midnight Oil to Big Blue Sky.


Adults $35
Under 25 $25
Allocated seating (numbered seats).
Please note there is a $3.30 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket) for all ticket purchases.

Patron advice

Recommended for ages 15 years+
75 minutes, including Q&A.
Peter will be signing his memoir Big Blue Sky (memoir) following the conversation. Copies will be on sale, thanks to Mary Ryan’s.

About Peter

Peter Garrett is a long-time advocate and campaigner on a range of local and global issues. A member of Midnight Oil, one of Australia’s most successful bands, he served as a cabinet minister in the Rudd/Gillard Labor governments from 2007-13.

The ‘Oils’ were renowned for their fierce independent stance and active support of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and protection of the environment. The band’s protest and benefit shows, most notably the anti-Exxon performance on the back of a truck in the streets of New York, and the ‘Sorry suits’ appearance at the closing of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, were hallmarks of a 13-album career leading to an ARIA lifetime achievement award in 2006.

Peter Garrett was appointed the youngest-ever President of the Australian Conservation Foundation (1989-96). Significant results were achieved in his first term for many threatened areas of Australia’s natural heritage including Queensland’s Wet Tropics and Jervis Bay in NSW. The second term saw ACF’s profile expand with the development of partnerships with non-government and business organisations and increased focus on marine issues and Northern Australia.

Peter entered federal parliament as the Member for Kingsford Smith in 2004. In 2007, Labor won government and he was appointed Minister for the Environment, Heritage & the Arts. This role saw substantial additions to Australia’s national reserve system, particularly to Indigenous Protected Areas, along with increased investment and new programs for conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

As Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett was instrumental in the campaign against so called “scientific whaling” in the Antarctic, culminating in Australia’s successful challenge to Japanese whaling in the International Court of Justice in 2014. He secured agreement to a national waste policy leading to Australia’s first ever e-waste recycling scheme, and delivered a long awaited resale royalty scheme for visual artists.
Following the 2010 election Peter was sworn in as Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth. In that role he secured a broad suite of education reforms. These included legislating, for the first time, a needs-based funding system for all Australian schools, as well as implementing a national curriculum and initiating indigenous ranger cadetships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

A member of the Order of Australia for contributions to the music industry and environment, and an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (France), in 2010 he received the ‘Leaders for a Living Planet’ award from WWF Australia & International.

Married with three daughters, Peter Garrett has recently released a memoir ‘Big Blue Sky’ and a debut solo album ‘A Version of Now’, and is touring nationally with his band the Alter Egos