Unethical for Greens to team up with National - Green MP

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Publish Date
Monday, 2 October 2017, 7:09AM
She told Andrew Dickens it's especially true for a partner like National, which they disagree with on virtually all issues. (Photo \ Gia Garrick)

An outgoing Green Party MP says the party would be a pack of hypocrites if it teamed up with National.

Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger thinks the Greens should talk to the National Party about being a coalition partner, not just Labour.

But Catherine Delahunty said the Greens are in no position at the moment to have a powerful influence over a government.

She told Andrew Dickens it's especially true for a partner like National, which they disagree with on virtually all issues.

"My personal view is we would be betraying the voters and that would be electoral suicide as well as very unprincipled."

Delahunty said commentators don't have much to do until the votes are counted, so are whipping up a scenario.

However, she said it would be an unacceptable U-turn if the Greens did such a thing.

"When you go to the voters, as we have just done and campaign strongly that we want to change the government and have a progressive government, you don't turn around three minutes later and say oh no we were just faking."

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