Defence industry minister Christopher Pyne has said same-sex marriage could be legalised in Australia “sooner than everyone thinks”.
His comments, made in a speech at an after-party following the federal Liberal Council dinner on Friday, were revealed in leaked audio obtained by News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt.
“There’s still a couple of things we’ve got to do to be able to prove that winning positions is all very well,” Pyne said.
“Friends, we are in the winner’s circle but we have to deliver a couple of things and one of those we’ve got to deliver before too long is marriage equality in this country.
“We’re going to get it. I think it might even be sooner than everyone thinks. And your friends in Canberra are working on that outcome.”
Following the leak, Pyne’s spokesman told The Australian there weren’t imminent plans to legalise same sex marriage, but “it would become a reality eventually”.
Pyne tweeted: “I support marriage equality and if Labor had supported the plebiscite, it would now be a reality. The govt has no plans to alter the policy.”
I support marriage equality and if Labor had supported the plebiscite, it would now be a reality. The govt has no plans to alter the policy.
— Christopher Pyne (@cpyne) June 25, 2017
In November, the Turnbull government’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage was killed off by the Senate amid fears it would delay progress for marriage equality.
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