Greens tout policy areas including on climate change, welfare, cannabis reform, drug and alcohol addiction and mental health

James Shaw

The Green Party has indicated the areas where it will be involved in government policy, in an email sent to its delegates Thursday night.

Policies relating to climate change, welfare, cannabis reform, water quality, mental health, conservation, the gender pay gap, student allowances and drug and addiction services are all set to be included in the Labour-led government’s work programme.

Many – like a net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 – match up with Labour’s agenda. However, during the campaign the two parties did reveal some different policy prescriptions for the same goal, including on clean rivers and student allowances. The full agreement between Labour and the Greens is set to be released next week, including on what three Ministerial posts outside Cabinet (and an undersecretary role) the Greens will get.

See an interview with Greens’ leader James Shaw before the election here. Interestingly, he said at the time that the Climate Change Minister often doesn’t have direct influence on emissions. He referenced Building & Construction, Agriculture, Transport and Waste as areas where the Greens could have a greater impact on climate policy.

See the ten policy areas below – in their own words:

  • Significant climate action, with a shift towards a net zero carbon emissions economy by 2050. The specific focusses will be on transport, energy, primary industries. The establishment of an Independent Climate Commission. Support for a shift in farming to more sustainable land use.
  • Overhaul the welfare system, ensure access to entitlements, remove excessive sanctions and review Working for Families so that everyone has a standard of living and income that enables them to live in dignity
  • Significant increase in the Conservation budget
  • Improve water quality and prioritise achieving healthy rivers, lakes and aquifers with stronger regulatory instruments, funding for freshwater enhancement and winding down Government support for irrigation
  • Free counselling for under-25s and access to mental health services and support for everyone
  • Access to education for children with special needs and learning difficulties
  • Substantial progress in this Parliamentary term to eliminating the gender pay gap in the public service
  • Reduction in the number of students living in hardship
  • Review, and adequately fund and support, the family re-unification scheme for refugees.
  • Increase funding for alcohol and drug addiction services and ensure drug-use is treated as a health issue, and have a referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis at, or by, the 2020 general election.