This week Reuben and james talk about the government putting a stop to offshore oil exploration permits which was originally a Green Party policy that the government has now adopted.
Reuben also asks James about the US, UK and France attacking Syria over the weekend in response to alleged chemical attacks. Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman also wrote an interesting piece about it on the Spinoff which is worth a read.
Joel talks to James Shaw for the first time this year. They discussed his trip to Waitangi and how the Labour Party had not yet admitted that Māori sovereignty was never ceded to the crown. They also discussed the inclusion of questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2023 census and the importance of gathering statistics on rainbow communities.
Chlöe came in studio to have a chat about spending her summer in Spain, reading Bernie Sanders book, upcoming politics in 2018, and what her thoughts are on The National Party's bill which would enforce compulsory second language teaching in school.
Though there are boxes still unpacked, the Green Party is settling into their parliamentary roles. During the past few months in power, they have received criticism for being less vocal and less critical of the Government as they learn to change their mindset from one that's an oppositional unit to one that's more part of a team. For their last chat of the year, Joel talked to James Shaw about what he's learned as he's come into power, why the party is being less vocal than usual, and what he's up to over summer.
Recently the Government has announced a housing stocktake report with the intention of collecting data on housing issues such as the rental market and homelessness. Joel talked to James about this, as well his views on whether we should be selling the state-owned television station TVNZ.
Joel had a conversation with James Shaw about his experience at the COP23 talks and what he thinks New Zealand needs to do to reach carbon neutral goals. They also talked about why The Green Party is currently refusing to comment on the situation on Manus Island, despite being extremely vocal about it in the past.
The high court has decided the previous Government had not done enough to meet its obligations on climate change. Joel talked to Green MP Marama Davidson about this as well as Te Rā o Parihaka Billl. This bill, which was in the name of former Maori party MP Marama Fox, is calling for a national day of commemoration to recognise the Crown invasion of Parihaka on the November 5 1881.
Green Party leader James Shaw has made a call for donations after a costly campaign. Joel talked to him about this and the need for more transparency surrounding party donations.
Green Party member Golriz Gharahman has also called out for New Zealand to take more action on Manus Island. New Zealand’s current refugee population sits at around .030% per capita. This is around thirty to forty times lower than world leaders. Joel talked to James about why this is, and what needs to change.
NZ First is refusing to release the board members who are helping them decide their coalition partners. This is on top of negotiations being hidden away from the public which is raising issues about transparency in the democratic process. Joel to James Shaw about this.
They also spoke about Bill English accusations that the Green Party care more about getting National out of Government than they care about the environment.