A leaked audio recording of defence industry minister Christopher Pyne reveals the government is gearing up to legalise same-sex marriage “sooner than everyone thinks”.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Sky News host Andres Bolt obtained the secret recording in which Pyne also boasts that the Liberal Party is now run by its Left-leaning faction.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Later in the recording, Pyne reportedly boasts about prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s rise from communication minister to the top job and brags about the number of Left-leaning ministers in the Cabinet — a stark contrast to Tony Abbott’s Conservative-heavy Cabinet.
However, Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and treasurer Scott Morrison have disputed claims the government is preparing to make a move on same-sex-marriage, saying it has “no real consequence” and they had not “moved away” from their plan for a plebiscite.
The Liberal party went into the election with a plan for a plebiscite on the issue, but was voted down in the Senate.
Past surveys have shown that the majority of Australians support same-sex marriage.
With Newspoll figures showing the government’s approval ratings are sliding, any political move to get voters on side would be helpful.