Liberal factional row on gay marriage

Defence Industry minister Christopher Pyne has been recorded at a reception attended by Liberal Party colleagues declaring same-sex marriage will happen'sooner than everyone thinks

Peta Credlin's spray comes after senior Turnbull Government cabinet minister Christopher Pyne was caught on camera boasting about the dominance of the party's left faction and the inevitability of gay marriage.

'Friends, we are in the winner's circle - but we have to deliver a couple of things and one of those things we've got to deliver before too long is marriage equality in this country, ' Pyne is heard saying on the recording.

"We are not going to change our policy", the PM told 3AW radio on Tuesday morning.

They were reignited by cabinet colleague Christopher Pyne telling an after-party event following the Federal Liberal council gala-dinner on Friday the issue could be resolved sooner than everyone thinks.

"And your friends in Canberra are working on that outcome.it might even be sooner than everyone thinks".

Reportedly released to far-right commentator Andrew Bolt, the recording of the comments were taken in the company of some of the other left-leaning members of the Liberal Party.

But her brother, the former prime minister who devised the same-sex marriage plebiscite plan the coalition took to the 2016 election, was ropeable.

"We have a policy".

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"There is no move away from the plebiscite policy", Morrison told the Seven Network on Monday.

Marriage equality opponents appear increasingly concerned that efforts like "Make It Law" - a grassroots campaign targeting lawmakers that calls for a vote in Parliament - are gaining popular support.

"You've got to be fair dinkum with the Australian people and it looks like that's not been true of Christopher".

"The minister said that while marriage equality had failed to materialise over the last two years it would become a reality eventually".

The Senate rejected the proposal in November and, while same-sex marriage has not been in the spotlight since then, moderate forces are said to have been strategising behind the scenes.

Turnbull, a proponent of a costly public vote, or plebiscite on same-sex marriage, shot down rumours from within his own party that it may have changed its stance on allowing MPs to vote on the issue.

"What someone says late at night after a function is not really consequential to where our nation is going", he told ABC TV.

Mr Joyce denies the internal divisions resurfacing within the Liberal Party have the potential to threaten Malcolm Turnbull's leadership.

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