Earlier in the day, John Barilaro faced grilling where he insisted no one raised concerns when he put his hand up for the overseas posting in the US. He described the saga surrounding the $500,000 as “personal hell” and insists he was not influenced by anyone else and was looking at career options post-politics.
Treasurer Matt Kean has been elected as the New South Wales Liberal Party’s new deputy leader.
The decision went to a party vote this morning and the appointment was announced just after 10 am.
Kean said he is “humbled” to have been endorsed by his colleagues to become the new deputy leader of the Liberal party.
Kean said he joined the party almost 20 years ago and is proud to serve it in this way.
“My role is to support the premier, to support the team, and make sure we collectively work to bring a strong and brighter future for all of NSW,” he said.
“I’m honoured and proud to serve in this role.”
Premier Dominic Perrottet has praised the “unanimous” appointment of Kean.
The premier said he believes “Matt has the drive, the determination, the energy and the passion” for the role, saying he has a “zeal for reform”.
Perrottet celebrated Kean’s record as treasurer and details of the recent state budget, in particular the reforms to childcare and cost of living pressures.
“Like me, Matt is a father of a young family, and he gets it,” Perrottet said.
“We know the biggest issue around dinner tables right around our state is the cost of living pressures.”
The previous deputy, Stuart Ayres, resigned last week over his involvement in the appointment of John Barilaro to a coveted trade posting in New York.
Yesterday afternoon David Elliott withdrew from the race for the position.
“I spoke to both David and Matt in relation to the importance of unity and they both understood that,” Perrottet said.
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