As always, it’s best to hear what the Greens have to say in their own words. This press conference from James Shaw is one of excitement at the prospect of the Greens having Ministerial roles and of being in a position to act and have influence on the issues that they campaigned strongly on. Shaw covers a lot of ground in the 15 minutes. On the Greens gaining Ministerial positions via a Confidence and Supply agreement,
This is an historic moment for the Green Party and for our movement. Because for the first time we are going to be probably in a position to have Ministerial control in the areas that are important to us and the areas that we campaigned on.
He’s talking about climate, rivers and ending poverty. Shaw also explains how and why a Confidence and Supply agreement works well for the Greens.
This is one of the things I think is fantastic about this particular arrangement. This government […] will be the first truly MMP government. And it actually has an enforced consensus because it requires all three of the parties to it to agree, to actually have consensus in order to be able to pass legislation. So one of the things I actually like about this agreement is that it forces us to work together more than has been the case in previous arrangements.
Got to love the Greens ability to make things work well.
For analysis of how a Confidence and Supply agreement can work and what’s in it for the Greens see Matthew Whitehead’s post here.
Press conference (starts at 3 mins):
Green Party to get ministers for the first time – Leader James Shaw
— RNZ News (@rnz_news) October 19, 2017
James Shaw says Confidence and Supply allows Greens to retain their distinctive voice pic.twitter.com/f55D9Csfa2
— Chris Bramwell (@ChrisBramwell) October 19, 2017
For the 1st in NZ's history, we are going to have @NZGreens Ministers
This just can't be understated
— paul le comte (@five15design) October 19, 2017
Peter's questioning economic status quo in such a public way is opportunity for Greens to articulate their challenge to economics-as-usual. https://t.co/ssrwTSGeTr
— Geoff Ford (@aGeoffFord) October 19, 2017
The Green Party members have endorsed the deal. They went through a lengthy debate on the deal, the policies and positions involved, the risks and benefits.
We’re all in.
We now know that we have the full support and backing of our party to go into government. They’ve got our back.
Details, including Ministerial portfolios, will be announced by Jacinda Ardern once Labour have worked through their process. The Green caucus also has to meet and make decisions about which MPs will have which roles. Shaw expects these to happen in the next few days.
More explanation from James Shaw on Morning Report on how the various deals will work,