Three Hills MPs gain promotion

Ready for the challenge: "This is just another opportunity to serve my community and my state," Matt Kean, pictured right with David Elliott, said. Picture: Geoff Jones

Ready for the challenge: "This is just another opportunity to serve my community and my state," Matt Kean, pictured right with David Elliott, said. Picture: Geoff Jones

"THIS is The Hills' time to shine," Premier Mike Baird's new parliamentary secretary, Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott said.

He was making reference to promotions that also include Hornsby MP Matt Kean becoming a parliamentary secretary and Castle Hill MP Dominic Perrottet becoming the state's new Finance and Services Minister. All three are MPs in their first term.

"It's very unusual for people to be promoted in their first term," Mr Elliott said with reference to his "good mates".

"It's a credit to the Liberal Party in the north west that after 20 years [Wayne Merton was The Hills' last minister], the Liberal Party has produced a minister and three parliamentary secretaries [from 140 MPs].

"He [Mr Kean] is going to an economics portfolio; I'm going to a social policy one."

Hawkesbury MP Ray Williams is continuing in the duties of parliamentary secretary for transport and roads. The Premier is yet to officially re-appoint him to the position.

Mr Perrottet has been chosen to run for the seat of Hawkesbury in next year's state election — instead of Londonderry MP Bart Bassett. The seat is occupied by Mr Williams, who will run for Castle Hill. The Hills councillor Mark Taylor will run for the new seat of Seven Hills.

Mr Kean said he looked forward to the new challenges that lay ahead.

"I throw myself into everything I do with gusto," he said.

Gusto is what he will need, if Mr Elliott is right. He says the parliamentary secretaries will be working up to 80 hours a week. Mr Elliott has also started a doctorate in political communication.

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