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Greens Get National on Side

12 June 2006

Greens Get National on Side

The fact the National Party have signalled their support for the Green Party's amendments on the microchipping of dogs indicates that support for the Greens' practical solutions is now emerging right across the political spectrum, Green Party MP Metiria Turei says.

The Local Government and Environment select committee has tabled the Local Government Reform Bill. which includes the Green Party amendments. United Future and Labour have, to date, opposed the amendments.

"I am so pleased that National has come to the party, and supported our changes to the proposed legislation. It just goes to show that Green solutions are extremely sensible and workable, and that other parties are willing to support them on their merits.

"It also shows that, despite the views of some political commentators, co-operation with National does not hinge on the Greens altering their stance, but on other parties embracing our solutions," Mrs Turei says.

"I sincerely hope that United Future will now listen to its community and lend their support to our amendments as being the best achievable outcome to this tortuous saga, and as a solution gaining wide public support."

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