Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has crossed the floor for a second time in a fortnight and fired a warning shot to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to better consult the party room, after a midnight deal was struck with the Greens to overturn Liberal policy on private companies disclosing their tax affairs.
The Liberals opposed the former Gillard government's policy of forcing private companies and entities that turn over $100 million or more a year to disclose their tax affairs, saying it would lead to simplistic naming and shaming of companies and individuals over the value of their tax bills.
The Coalition repealed the measure when it won office in 2013.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said the Coalition had secured the best outcome possible. But on Wednesday night, Treasurer Scott Morrison agreed with the Greens to reintroduce the policy with a higher threshold of $200 million in exchange for their support of the broader multinational tax avoidance bill.
The legislation was passed on Thursday after Senator Bernardi crossed the floor,
complaining that the major U-turn in government policy had not been put to cabinet or the party room.
"That policy decision has never been revisited in the party room. It has never been discussed at any level that I am aware of, and I first became aware of it this morning when I asked what the price of the deal was with the Greens party for the passage of this amendment," he said.
"To have sprung this on us at the last minute, I think is not in the best interest of my party and the procedures and policies we work with."
Failing to consult was cited as one of the main reasons for Mr Turnbull losing the leadership in 2009 when the Coalition split on the issue of carbon trading.
On Friday, Senator Bernardi, a critic of Mr Turnbull, told Fairfax Media he was "disappointed" with the lack of proper process.
"The party room was promised that proper process would be followed in regard to policy initiatives.
That promise now rings hollow and I hope it's not an indication of what we can expect in the future," he said.
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