Defence industry minister Christopher Pyne has apologised for his speech on same-sex marriage.
Earlier this week leaked audio revealed Pyne saying that legalising marriage equality would happen “sooner than everyone thinks”.
He called his comments “unhelpful and damaging” as he sought to appease those calling for his dismissal.
“I’m very sorry that my comments at an event last Friday have caused such a distraction for the government,” he said in a speech to his local constituents.
“I apologise to anyone they have offended. My remarks were ill chosen and unwise, and I can see how unhelpful and damaging they have been.”
He also made a point of highlighting that prime minister Malcolm Turnbull ran an inclusive cabinet.
Since the audio was leaked factional groups within the party have begun to fragment and turn on each other.
The Sydney Morning Herald has more.
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