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Matt Kean

Minister for Energy and Environment
Assumed office
2 April 2019
PremierGladys Berejiklian
Preceded byDon Harwin (as the Minister for Energy and Utilities)
Gabrielle Upton (as the Minister for the Environment)
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
In office
30 January 2017 – 23 March 2019
PremierGladys Berejiklian
Preceded byVictor Dominello
Succeeded byKevin Anderson (as the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation)
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Hornsby
Assumed office
26 March 2011
Preceded byJudy Hopwood
Personal details
Born (1981-09-16) 16 September 1981 (age 39)
Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party
ResidencePennant Hills
Alma materUniversity of Technology Sydney

Matthew John Kean (born 16 September 1981) is an Australian politician who has served as the New South Wales Minister for Energy and Environment in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019.[1][2][3] He is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Hornsby for the Liberal Party since 2011.[4]

Kean has previously served as the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation from January 2017 until March 2019 in the first Berejiklian ministry.[5]

Early years and background

Kean grew up in the Wahroonga area and was educated at Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview before attaining a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney. He later completed a graduate diploma at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. While at university, he was elected to the UTS Student Representative Council and as the SRC Executive Member for the Haymarket Campus. Kean has been a member of the Liberal Party since 2001, and in 2008, he was elected vice-president of the NSW Young Liberals.[4] During the 2003 State election campaign, Kean worked as an adviser for the Leader of the Opposition, John Brogden. He subsequently worked for the Hon. Catherine Cusack MLC as an adviser while she was shadow minister for Juvenile Justice and Women.

Prior to entering Parliament, Kean was a manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers.[6][7][8]

He is also an avid cricketer, and long-time member of the Berowra Cricket Club.[citation needed]

Political career

Following announcement of the retirement of the sitting member, Judy Hopwood, Kean contested pre-selection for the safe Liberal seat against Hornsby Mayor, Nick Berman, and Hornsby Councillor, Steve Russell.[9] Kean won endorsement[10] and Berman announced his decision to resign from the Liberal Party and run against Kean as an independent candidate at the 2011 State election.[11][12] At the election, Kean was elected; however, the party suffered a swing of 3.5 points.[4] Kean won the seat with 62.1 per cent of the two-party vote,[13] with Berman being his main rival.

Matt Kean used his inaugural speech to call on the government to spend as much money on suicide prevention campaigns as it does on road safety campaigns.[14][15] His call for the $10 million campaign received support from Professor Ian Hickey and the Minister for Mental Health Kevin Humphries.[16] He has hosted an annual Youth Forum in conjunction with Black Dog institute that aimed at educating students and teachers about issues relating to mental health;[17] and has successfully campaigned for the construction of a new mental health inpatient facility in Hornsby.[18][self-published source?][19]

Following the resignation of Mike Baird as Premier,[20] Gladys Berejiklian was elected as Liberal leader and sworn in as Premier.[21][22][23] The Berejiklian ministry was subsequently formed, with Kean sworn in as the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, with effect from 30 January 2017.[5] Following the 2019 state election, Kean was appointed as the Minister for Energy and Environment in the second Berejiklian ministry, with effect from 2 April 2019.[24]

See also


  1. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Premier announces new Cabinet" (Press release). Premier of New South Wales. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ Han, Sophie (2 April 2019). "Berejiklian's new massive cabinet sworn in amid peals of laughter". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Mr (Matt) Matthew John Kean, MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Australia: Sky News. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Matt Kean". NSW Candidates 2011. Liberal Party. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  7. ^[non-primary source needed]
  8. ^ "Biography". Matt Kean MP.
  9. ^ Murray, Oliver (1 October 2010). "Three candidates seeking Liberal endorsement for vacant Hornsby seat". Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  10. ^ Murray, Oliver (15 November 2010). "Matthew Kean wins Liberal preselection battle for Hornsby". Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  11. ^ Murray, Oliver (11 November 2010). "Hornsby Mayor Nick Berman quits Liberals to stand as independent at state election". Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  12. ^ Murray, Oliver (17 November 2010). "Hornsby Mayor Nick Berman does not rule out rejoining Liberals". Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  13. ^ Green, Antony (5 April 2011). "Hornsby". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  14. ^ "Matt Kean MP Inaugural Speech" (PDF). Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  15. ^ Nicholls, Sean (16 June 2011). "New MP Spotlights Suicide Prevention". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  16. ^ Jensen, Erik; Smith, Alexander (17 June 2011). "Plea for suicide campaign prompts federal support". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  17. ^ Karlovsky, Brian (12 April 2012). "Mental Health on bbotsleigh Agenda". Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate.
  18. ^ "Mental Health Services in Hornsby Boosted". Matt Kean MP.
  19. ^ Murray, Oliver (8 September 2011). "BUDGET 2011: Mental Health Unit to Receive Major Upgrade". Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate.
  20. ^ Jacques, Owen (19 January 2017). "Baird resigns: NSW Premier to quit top job and Parliament". The Satellite. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Swearing-In of The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, the 45th Premier of New South Wales, and The Honourable John Barilaro MP, Deputy Premier". Vice Regal Program. Governor of New South Wales. 23 January 2017. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Ministers". Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  23. ^ Clennell, Andrew (26 January 2017). "Premier Gladys Berejiklian plans major reshuffle for cabinet". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  24. ^ Sas, Nick (31 March 2019). "Gladys Berejiklian says Liberal Party has no women problem as re-elected NSW Premier shuffles Cabinet". Australia: ABC News. Retrieved 3 April 2019.


New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Judy Hopwood
Member for Hornsby
Political offices
Preceded by
Don Harwin
as Minister for Energy and Utilities
Minister for Energy and Environment
Preceded by
Gabrielle Upton
as Minister for the Environment
Preceded by
Victor Dominello
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
Succeeded by
Kevin Anderson
as Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation
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