Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean has announced Malcolm Turnbull AC will no longer be appointed as Chair of the NSW Government's Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board.
It comes after speculation surrounding the appointment of the former Prime Minister particularly after comments on ABC last week saying he would support calls for a moratorium on new coal approvals in NSW and that mining in NSW was out of control particularly in the Upper Hunter.
Matt Kean has released a statement to say the purpose of the new board is to create jobs in low carbon industries and see the State reduce it's emissions, not be a focus on personality.
"It is important that the focus is on achieving these outcomes, based on facts, technology, science, and economics."
"The focus should not be on personality."
"Malcolm Turnbull AC has contributed much to our country and I know will contribute more into the future."
":However, no person’s role on the Board should distract from achieving results for the NSW people or from the Government’s work in delivering jobs and opportunities for the people of NSW."
"For this reason, I have decided not to proceed with his appointment as chair."
"A new chair of the Board will be announced in due course. Until then, the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer will act in the role."
"I want to thank Mr Turnbull for his willingness to serve and look forward to his continued contribution to public life."
Deputy Premier John Barilaro has jumped on 2GB this morning to say he's off the board.
"I gave the benefit of the doubt to the Liberals."
"He pulled my pants down within 48 hours of his appointment in an area I take seriously,"
"For someone to be appointed in a government role and not to understand the passion and the policy position of the government, then in itself shows they're thick headed and they're not interested in what id good and right for the economy," said the Deputy Premier.
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