NSW Breakfast with the Minister - Postponed
The NSW Branch of the Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) is proud to be hosting the Minister for Energy and Environment, the Hon Matt Kean, for an industry breakfast on Monday, 18 May 2020 in Sydney.
MATT KEAN MP
NSW Minister for Energy and Environment
Matt Kean is the NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, a portfolio that was first combined after the Berejiklian Government’s re-election in March 2019.
Minister Kean was elected as the member for Hornsby in 2011 at the age of 29.
Prior to entering politics, the Minister, a chartered accountant, worked as a senior manager for Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Shortly after entering politics, he was elected to chair the NSW Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the Office of the Valuer General where he led a major review of the valuation system used for land tax, council rates and compulsory acquisitions.
In January 2017, Mr Kean was elevated to cabinet as the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, giving him the opportunity to continue to be a champion for the little guy. In the two years he held this role, he:
- delivered the biggest shake-up to consumer law in 30 years, saving consumers and businesses more than half a billion dollars over 10 years;
- overhauled renting laws to improve tenant rights, and made it easier for victims of domestic violence to break a lease and escape a dangerous home;
- commissioned Kathryn Greiner to conduct an extensive review into retirement villages to improve the quality of life for their residents, and legislated a number of changes to increase transparency in the industry;
- launched NSW’s first mentally healthy workplaces strategy, supporting those with mental illness at work;
- reformed the laws around gift cards to ensure a minimum three-year expiry date;
- attacked ticket scalpers with new laws to smash their dodgy business models;
- initiated the Bergin Report into charitable fundraising, to ensure people can have confidence about their donations; andtackled quad bike safety issues with a raft of reforms to reduce deaths and injuries.
Mr Kean sees mental health as a major concern, and is proud of the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy he implemented in 2018. His first speech in Parliament back in 2011 was dedicated to a young friend who had recently taken his own life.
In his new role as Energy and Environment Minister, the Minister wants to ensure the community has access to energy that is affordable and reliable. He’s also determined to tackle climate change and eager to leave the planet in a better state than the one we inherited.
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