August 05, 2019
Greens not centrist, just sidelined
Greens' co-leader Marama Davidson is rejecting charges the party has become too centrist.
Three-time candidate Jack McDonald has stepped down as the party's policy co-convenor because of what he describes as a shift to the centre driven by co-leader James Shaw.
Ms Davidson says members know the Greens need to hold the most progressive politicial positions, and that was reinforced at the weekend conference.
She says with only eight MPs the Greens have limited power within the Government but they have still had major policy wins including more money for conservation and public transport, banning single use plastic bags and pushing for an overhaul of the social welfare system,.
She was also the first to speak out on the Ihumātao occupation, and the Greens have also stood up for Māori customary and kaitiaki rights to water.
"We are not centrist but there have been compromises and I agree with the valid critique that we need to be clear, yes there have been compromises but if we had more support we would be the party to push through the most progressive and bold changes," Ms Davidson says.
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