Bald, scary — and in charge

Australia's new government is looking up already. From the BBC:

Australia's prime minister-elect, Kevin Rudd, has announced the make-up of his new government.

He appointed his deputy leader, Julia Gillard, as
education minister, and a former rock star, Midnight Oil singer Peter
Garrett, as environment minister.

Methinks he'll be having Midnight Oil's 1984 album cover "Red Sails in the Sunset" in mind while in office:

Garrett isn't exactly a stranger to politics; it's not like Air Supply are going to be taking over the Ministry of Cheese or anything. But I'd love to see some of those press conferences, and I can't wait until he makes a trip up north (as he must, surely!) to meet whoever's running things up here in a few more months.

Come, Peter Garrett! Our beds are burning.


  1. LeendaDLL on 11/28/07 at 9:01 pm

    How can we sleep?

  2. gt on 11/29/07 at 5:22 am

    Such an amazing album jacket.
    I wonder who can be the American equivalent.

  3. Armchair News on 11/29/07 at 9:04 am

    OMG, I wish I could think of someone who would be that good from the US. Will put thinking cap on. So many politicians-who-were-once-entertainers here are kind of goofballs: Sonny Bono, Fred Grandy (Love Boat’s Gopher!), Jesse Ventura….

  4. Armchair News on 11/29/07 at 9:04 am


  5. Schomer on 11/30/07 at 7:32 pm

    Peter Garrett is huge in Australia, isn’t he? My first thought about an American comparison was someone like Bruce Springsteen, or Madonna – only because they seem like popular American artists. They don’t seem that political to me though, like Peter Garrett.  I don’t know… who is controversial or strange here? How about Prince? Ha!

  6. Armchair News on 12/01/07 at 1:08 pm

    Controversial, strange … and political, too. I can’t think of too many musicians we have (American) who are dedicated to a particular platform the way Garrett became … and who would naturally fit in that slot, frankly!