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Greens: We want to stop 'embarrassing' patsy questions

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018, 8:00am
Labour disagrees with the Green Party that patsy questions are a waste of time. (Photo/ Getty)

Greens: We want to stop 'embarrassing' patsy questions

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Mon, 19 Mar 2018, 8:00am

The Green's co-leader says patsy questions are "embarrassing".

The party has announced it will give its question quota to the Opposition to better hold the Government to account.

Greens co-leader James Shaw told Mike Hosking says it's to improve the quality of democracy.

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He hopes National will use the questions on his party as well.

"Because we are part of the executive and we need to be held to higher account than simply scripting ourselves our own questions."

The move has re-ignited National's hopes that the Greens will continue to be open to working with them.

Simon Bridges told Kate Hawkesby Shaw is trying to make it clear he's leading an independent party.

"He's not tied up quite up as heavily, he's not formally part of the coalition, as it were, of the Jacinda Ardern-Winston Peters government. Certainly from my perspective - let's be really clear - I hope that approach continues."

LISTEN ABOVE AS JAMES SHAW SPEAKS WITH MIKE HOSKING