Liberals toe party line on wheat bill

A CRACKDOWN on divisions within the Federal Liberal Party over a wheat market deregulation bill has forced several MPs and Senators to toe the party line opposing the Labor Government's bill.

The divisions within the party were largely along geographical lines, with several West Australian party members voicing their public support for the bill to deregulate the industry, while those in other states and territories were largely happier to oppose the bill.

But a rare insight into the Liberal party room meeting was given by a senior party figure on Tuesday, revealing 14 party members spoke in a closed door debate on the bill.

While the party figure, who would not be identified, would not detail how many voiced their opposition to the party stance, he said several spoke against it, but the majority spoke in support of the party line.

Topics:  australian government bill labor legislation liberal party politics

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