Green Party members are thinking about the Party’s political positioning ahead of the November election.
A draft remit is making its way out to branches for feedback and potential revision. Ultimately, the remit will go to the Party’s June AGM for a vote where it may be confirmed, rejected or amended.
The draft remit – prepared by a volunteer committee and shaped by a round of meetings with members across the country — looks at options to advance a green agenda after the election.
Essentially, it says that if the Greens were to give confidence and supply to a government we’d need genuine progress on key Green policies and this is obviously more likely with Labour than National (– even though we have reservations about some Labour policy as well).
The draft remit expresses a preference for supporting a Labour-led Government and says of National:
“it is extremely unlikely that we could support a National-led government on confidence and supply.”
The proposal also says the Greens could work with a National-led government through a Memorandum of Understanding as it does currently.
The full text is included below.
It is worth stressing that there is no decision yet. It’s a collective decision that’ll be finalised in June after every member has had a chance to have a say.
In the meantime, discuss among yourselves…
The full text of the draft remit:
“That this AGM:
Pre-election political positioning
1. Agrees that the Greens will campaign on the basis of the following political positioning in 2011:
(i) The Greens are an independent party which, in order to urgently advance green policy goals, will attempt to work constructively with, and challenge, whichever party leads the government after the 2011 election;
(ii) To support any government, we would need significant progress on key Green environmental, economic and social policies such as cutting greenhouse gas emissions, reducing poverty and inequality, cleaning up waterways and retaining public assets for future generations;
(iii) Based on current Labour Party policy positions, the Greens have a preference to consider supporting a Labour-led government in the right circumstances, ahead of a National-led government;
(iv) The Greens could work with a National-led government to progress particular Green policies as we have over the last three years; but based on current National Party policy positions it is extremely unlikely that we could support a National-led government on confidence and supply.
2. Agrees that the following process will apply to post-election negotiations by the Green Party after a general election:
(i) a Negotiating Team, jointly chosen by the Parliamentary Caucus and the National Executive, may enter into post-election negotiations with a view to reaching an agreement on policies and processes that will advance the Green agenda;
(ii) in addition to the negotiating team there will be a Negotiating Consultation Group consisting of five members nominated by Caucus and five members nominated by National Executive. The Negotiation Consultation Group does not directly participate in the negotiations but is to receive daily briefings from the Negotiating Team during the course of the negotiations;
(iii) all decisions concerning the negotiations (including what agreement, if any, would potentially be taken to a Special General Meeting (SGM)) are taken by the combined Negotiating Team and Negotiation Consultation Group;
(iv) any agreement with one or more political parties that includes confidence and supply votes will be referred to an SGM, unless in the opinion of the National Executive an SGM is not warranted;
(v) the National Executive will start the process of forming the Negotiating Team and Negotiating Consultation group following the AGM in election year and will tentatively schedule an SGM once the election date is known.”