James Shaw on The Nation

James Shaw didn’t get Greens into a coalition deal as he said he wanted, and that leaves them outside Cabinet rather than ‘at the heart of a new progressive government’, but he is promoting the positives. Greens are in play in Government far more than they have been in the past.

He was interviewed on The Nation this morning.

“Obviously we’ll be talking to each other over the course of the coming days and weeks” says of his contact with Peters.

Shae, Julie Anne Genter, Eugenie Sage and Jan Logie will be the Green minister.

Actually Logie looks likely to be the under-secretary, Greens have three ministers.

“I think it’s a really significant step for us” says of the Greens holding the associate finance position.

Also significant that it looks like NZ First won’t have a Finance role.

Will the cannabis referendum be binding? “We haven’t worked through that yet”.

So a referendum in 3 years may be toothless?

Shaw says we can expect something that would satisfy the Greens on irrigation to be announced next week.

More when the interview and transcript is online.

 

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  1. David

     /  21st October 2017

    Its quite funny that Winston in his pinstripe suit and of socially conservative bent finds himself in government with a bunch of dope smoking hippys.
    Its fairly obvious Ardern lost in the negotiations on cannabis reform which she said in the debate she would do to Winston and the referendum is a face saving tactic that she can conveniently dump on the Greens. Shaw better get used to this because the next 3 years he is going to cop a lot of blame and get very little credit, Ardern is proving quite the player.

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