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Green Party members have voted to accept a deal with Labour after PM Jacinda Ardern announced a ‘cooperation agreement’ that’d give two ministerial portfolios outside of the cabinet — the agreement on the deal was blocked from favour and required 75 per cent of the party members to secure the agreement.
The Labour-led government offered two portfolios as part of the agreement where they and Greens will have a Cooperation Agreement that will see the Green Party Co-leaders hold ministerial portfolios outside of Cabinet, and specific areas of cooperation on climate change, environment and child poverty.
Labour would support the proposal of a Green MP to be the chair in a select board — this includes a Green MP in the deputy chair role of an additional select board.
Hon James Shaw will be the Minister of Climate Change and be an Associate Minister for the Environment (Biodiversity).
Marama Davidson will be the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence and be an associate Minister of Housing with a focus on homelessness.
84 per cent supported the vote, which allowed them to further progress with the cooperation agreement set by Labour.
114 voted, 17 voted against and 5 did not vote. The majority was 84 per cent.
The Leader of the Labour Party Jacinda Ardern and the Green Party Co-leaders will meet every six weeks to monitor progress against the areas of cooperation set out in this agreement.
“Last term Green MP Jan Logie lead the work on family and sexual violence as an undersecretary, and it is an important phase of implementation,” said PM Jacinda Ardern.
“It’s also my strong belief that this is an area that should be a ministerial portfolio in its own right and so that is what we are doing.”
In the week ahead, on Monday, PM Jacinda Ardern will name the new cabinet.
“I will do that regardless of the decision by green members on the cooperation on outline today. Ministers will be formally sworn in next Friday at government house, and the first cabinet meeting will occur that afternoon,” said PM Jacinda Ardern.
Ardern will be doing a speech next week to set the new governments priorities through to the end of this year, in particular, actions that the government will take to accelerate the economic recovery and continue to keep New Zealand and New Zealander’s safe from COVID-19.
Image: Marama Davidson MP/Facebook