Greens want to be govt ministers
Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:00a.m.
Greens co-leader Russel Norman is open to a formal coalition in a future government and is interested in senior economic portfolios for himself or Green MPs.
The party won 11 percent, giving it a record 14 MPs in parliament, at the last election.
"I think we can increase that over time," Dr Norman told TV3's The Nation programme today.
He said the Greens could become the largest centre-left party in Parliament over time.
They were "very much open to a formal coalition" after the next election, he said.
"I think the Greens are ready to take on that kind of formal ministerial role," he said.
"The Green team would want ministerial positions," he said.
Dr Norman raised the idea of quantitative easing in the area of monetary policy in a recent speech.
He said the role of finance minister would have to be discussed in a post-election negotiation.
"Obviously we are interested in positions like that but in terms of the detail you couldn't really sort it out until you know what the votes are.
"It is up to the voters to decide how much influence the Green Party has," he said.
As well as economic and finance portfolios the Greens would be interested in social and environmental portfolios.
He said the Greens would work with other parties, including NZ First, when there was common ground.
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6/11/2012 10:38:35 p.m.
the greens answer, more tax, and who pays for the tax, the average kiwi, what a clown, how can anyone take this fool seriously
31/10/2012 10:57:14 a.m.
God help NZ if this ever happened. It really would be last one out, turn out the lights !
29/10/2012 4:20:46 p.m.
The Plan wrote:
Neo-Liberalism is wonderful, if you are unemployed and want a job, all have to do if find someone already doing a job that suits you, bag 'em drop them in a river and take their place. Problem solved.
29/10/2012 4:20:32 p.m.
good interview... very rational and well presented.. shame these guys aren't running the country now...much more aligned with New Zealand's Image Im definitely voting green from now on
29/10/2012 4:50:36 a.m.
It really surprises me that business owners on here are actually scared of greens getting their party into power. Is it the vast aqmounts of businesses that shut down when a left leaning party is in power? I dont think so as they actually do quite well. Spending is up each time. So Im guessing its accountability for these businesses. Suck it up and pay your way. Those that reap more should be paying more. Any partys better than the current one. They couldnt run this beautiful country and ran outa ideas. Let the lefts back in thanks. They have the experience and have bought this country outa recession each time before. No need to be scared business owners. People will have money to buy things.
28/10/2012 11:08:49 p.m.
"rejects and...incompetent hippies."
Did we watch the same interview? Here is a man who actually sounds as if he understands how the economy should operate and can lead us to a better future. The hippie stuff is so cliched, over used and just a little bit silly now.
Three more years of what we've got doesn't bear thinking about...roll on a Green led Government!
28/10/2012 10:25:14 p.m.
Jacob Lister wrote:
Not impressed 'The Nation' - I normally really like the show, and think you do a good job of pressing your guests on issues that matter. But that was just 20 minutes of Green party butt kissing. This is a party which is supposedly wanting to be a major part of a future government, it's time to stop giving them a free ride
28/10/2012 5:16:52 p.m.
Daniel Lang wrote:
"Largest centre-left party in Parliament over time"
How about far left?
28/10/2012 1:51:11 p.m.
Maybe if these clowns were elected through electorate seats they could maybe demand things, but getting elected through the back door using a whacky electoral system makes them look exactly what they are, Wannabe's.
28/10/2012 1:35:12 p.m.
Send him back to Australia. We don't want their rejects and their incompetent hippies.
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