Peter Garrett says music is the key to making Australia ‘planet friendly’

Former Midnight Oil frontman reflects on his time as Labor minister and frustration at inability to make changes to benefit Australian music industry

Peter Garrett has argued that putting music at the centre of national life would accelerate Australia’s transformation from a polluting, “planet destroying” society to a “planet friendly” one.

The former Midnight Oil singer turned federal minister also described his frustration at being unable to bring about a change in the US dominance of Australian commercial radio because his own musical past created a conflict of interest when he was in government.

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