NSW Treasurer Matt Kean has said the T-shirt of a Teal candidate running in a Liberal stronghold seat should be “smeared in black oil” due to her former role as a Caltex executive.
His comments were directed at Helen Conway, who is running in the Liberal safe seat of North Shore. It is currently held by Felicity Ward and will be contested on March 25 in a seven-way race.
On Friday, Mr Kean was asked if Ms Conway had “misled” by profiting off fossil fuel companies, and accused her of being “a fraud”.
“Helen Conway is running around trying to pretend she’s a climate warrior,” he said.
“She’s built her entire career on the back of big oil. Today Helen Conway’s teal T-shirt should be smeared in black oil.”
Ms Conway will be fronting media on Friday afternoon in response to Mr Kean’s comments.
Teal independent Helen Conway is running in the Liberal safe seat of North Shore. Picture: Facebook.
Ms Conway previously worked at the fossil fuel giant for over a decade, before pursuing high-executives roles at NRMA and board executive positions at Westpac Insurance, Endeavour Energy, Sydney Ferries and Catholic Healthcare.
She is now contesting the March state election on a platform demanding climate action, and reducing development.
In a statement shared with NCA NewsWire, Mr Kean later clarified his comments and said: “Helen and her volunteers are misleading voters with their teal-coloured T-shirts, and should be wearing a brown or black, oil-coloured shade T-shirt that better reflects her longstanding links to fossil fuels”.
Shortly after Mr Kean’s comments, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was also asked whether Mr Kean’s comments were.
He said he wasn’t aware of Mr Kean’s comments and took the question “on notice”.
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