Peter Garret was a rockstar with his hard rock punk band, Midnight Oil. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the House of Representatives for the seat of Kingsford Smith, New South Wales, since October 2004. After the Labor Party win in the November 2007 election, Garrett was appointed as Minister for Environment, Heritage and Arts by Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd.
Midnight Oil was an Australian hard rock-punk band who were active from the early 1970s until 2002. The band was known for its driving hard rock sound, intense live performances, and its political activism, particularly in aid of environmentalist and indigenous causes.