Published in The Age Newspaper, September 20, 2014

From fronting Australia’s most popular pub band to fronting the Labor government’s environment, heritage and arts portfolios, Peter Garrett has impressed himself on the national consciousness, writes Ricky French.

An early-morning flight from Melbourne has delivered me to a strange land, where a middle-aged man stands next to me wearing a hoodie advertising something called the St George Illawarra Dragons. He’s transfixed by a wall.

“When I was at primary school,” he says, “we were allowed to bring in one record to play. Everyone brought in Pink Floyd The Wall. I brought in bird noises.”

Cartoon by Andrew Weldon

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