How generous of him, he knows the likely hood such a referendum passing in favour of equal marriage is nil. He trying to kill it dead, his religious leanings over ride common sense. Something he told us he would never let happen on his watch.(Is this yet another broken promise)
That sparked a caustic response from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
"One thing I did learn as leader is that it's probably best to keep the team together," Mr Turnbull said.(Inferring that under Abbott this is not happening)
"We are eight points behind in Newspoll, 14 points behind in Morgan. Are you seriously saying that having ministers resign would be good for us?"
It is understood Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg then quoted the party’s founder Robert Menzies in a passionate speech supporting a free vote.