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Citizens for climate action | Peter Garrett & Jean Hinchliffe

26 April 2022
6.30pm – 7.30pm AEST
Roundhouse, UNSW Sydney
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Peter Garrett and Jean Hinchliffe

Peter Garrett | Jean Hinchliffe

As the reality of climate change and extreme weather bite globally, and our politicians continue to dither and delay, many ordinary Australians are taking matters into their own hands.  Australians are installing rooftop solar at a phenomenal rate, eating less meat and using environmental metrics to decide who to bank and invest their super with. But without strong political leadership, individual actions can seem futile and collective action a far-off dream.  

In separate keynote addresses, and reflecting the voices and perspectives of different generations, Peter Garrett – musician, activist and former Federal Environment Minister, and Jean Hinchliffe – a 18-year-old climate justice activist and organiser within School Strike 4 Climate, will remind us that throughout history, momentous change has always relied on people coming together to take action.  

Join these activists as they argue that a citizens’ movement, bringing Australians of all stripes together, could be the phenomenon that breaks our political polarisation and results in genuine action.  


Since 2012, UNSW Sydney has hosted the annual Gandhi Oration celebrating the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi as a champion of human rights. The Oration features discussions on the significant human rights issues of our time. Past speakers have included Senator Pat Dodson, Peter Greste, Pat Anderson, Shoma Chaudhury, Reverend Tim Costello, Rosie Batty and Shen Narayanasamy. 


The Roundhouse is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus (highlighted red on this map). Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream.  


The health and safety of our patrons is our top priority, and this event will abide by the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry, and check back here for updated information prior to the event.  

  • Do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

  • Face masks are encouraged.






Wheelchair Access
The closest accessible drop off point to the Roundhouse is the north entrance (D5 on map). Vehicles need to arrive via High Street, Gate 2, follow the road to Third Avenue and turn onto 1st Avenue West. The closest accessible parking is available in the Western Campus Car Park on Anzac Parade (G2 on map). 

Assisted Listening
The Roundhouse has a hearing loop. Patrons wishing to utilise this need to simply switch their hearing aid to the T (Telecoil) setting to pick up on the wireless signal.

Auslan & Captioning 
Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request. This event will be live captioned. To access live captions, head to when the event begins.

To discuss access requirements and book selected services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email


The Roundhouse is easily accessible via public transport. Call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’. For more information head here


For all enquiries, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9065 0485. 

Peter Garrett

Peter Garrett

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 – 2013. Peter Garrett was appointed the youngest-ever President of the Australian Conservation Foundation (1989 – 1996), and 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 and the Arts. Garrett is a member of the Order of Australia for contributions to the music industry and environment, an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (France), and in 2010 he received the ‘Leaders for a Living Planet’ award from WWF Australia and International.

Jean Hinchliffe

Jean Hinchliffe

Jean Hinchliffe is an 18-year-old climate activist and a lead organiser within the School Strike 4 Climate campaign. She campaigns for legislative action against the sourcing and usage of fossil fuels, along with pushing for Australia to become fully carbon neutral. Jean is passionate about social, political, and environmental issues and began her activism at age 13, when she volunteered with the Vote Yes campaign for marriage equality. Since then, she has also volunteered with organisations such as GetUp and Stop Adani. Jean’s first book, Lead the Way: How to change the world from a teen activist and school striker was published by Pantera Press in 2021.

Ann Mossop

Ann Mossop | Host

Ann Mossop is the Director of the Centre for Ideas at UNSW Sydney, a program designed to contribute to public conversations about important ideas and issues. Previously, as Head of Talks and Ideas at the Sydney Opera House from 2010 – 2017, she established the Opera House’s extensive talks and ideas program and lead key projects like the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and All About Women. Throughout her career she has been involved with important initiatives to bring the work of writers and thinkers to broader audiences, from the pioneering series Writers in the Park to the re-establishment of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. 

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