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Greens pitch Labour alliance

Published: 2:41PM Sunday August 14, 2005 Source: RNZ

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons has made a clear pitch for a Labour-Greens coalition at the party's campaign launch in Auckland.  

The call follows a warming between the two parties in recent weeks. 

Fitzsimons says a Labour-Greens coalition would enable Labour to avoid working with New Zealand First, a party she describes as divisive and erratic. 

She says there are policy areas the Greens and Labour can agree to disagree on,  such as free trade agreements. 

In a new policy announced at the launch, the Greens are suggesting annual health checks for all New Zealanders should be free.