Mr Kean greeted the activists with a COVID-safe elbow bump before stopping for a chat.
One protester was holding a placard emblazoned with “Bla Bla Bla … Act Now!”, in reference to climate activist Greta Thunberg’s speech at the Youth4Climate conference in Milan.
The other donned a poster that read “shame on you if you don’t acknowledge your duty of care” and a hat that said “climate emergency”.
Newly appointed NSW Treasurer Matt Kean chats to climate change protesters outside state Parliament days after urging the Prime Minister to improve targets. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard
The climate activist group are well known for their extreme protests, which often see protesters arrested by police.
Mr Kean told his spontaneous meeting with the climate activists and hearing “all perspectives” was part of his job as a politician.
“I think it’s important for politicians to hear all perspectives and I often speak to people who are expressing their views outside the parliament as I enter the building,” he said.
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Despite the chat with the pair of Extinction Rebellion activists, the Treasurer said he did not necessarily agree with the group.
“I don’t generally agree with the extinction rebellion’s views but I think peaceful protest is an important part of our democracy,” Mr Kean said.
The pictures have emerged just days after he urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to improve the nation’s climate targets ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.
Treasurer Matt Kean elbow bumps protesters outside NSW Parliament on Tuesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard
“My message to those in Canberra is at the very least they should take the average target of all the states and territories and set that as their interim plan… I would imagine at a minimum it’s 35 per cent,” Mr Kean told Sky News political editor Andrew Clennell.
“I think we should all be aiming to do better when it comes to protecting our planet and handing it to our kids better than we found it and there’s an economic reason to do so.”
Mr Kean was also pictured alongside climate activists last year when he posed with students holding signs saying “fund our future not gas” in his office.
Matt Kean last year posed with students holding climate activist signs in his office. Picture: Facebook/School Strike 4 Climate

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