Apparently the rules do not apply to Turnbull, or any other politician wishing to speak out on their favourite left wing pet issue.
“If Malcolm Turnbull wants to talk about fringe issues outside party policy, he should resign from the frontbench,” Senator Bernardi told the ABC on Monday.
“Our longstanding party policy is that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Senator Bernardi said.
”Our principle has always been that frontbenchers argue for changes in party policy through cabinet whilst backbenchers are free to discuss any policy ideas they like. You can’t have it both ways.”
“I think Malcolm sees himself as a little bit above the frontbench when he speaks about some sociological issues if you will,” Dr Jensen told Fairfax Media.
“It’s unhelpful. [Gay marriage] is something we decided on not long ago … even if you had a conscience vote, it still would not have got up.”
Dr Jensen said cabinet ministers should “stick to their knitting” and not veer outside their portfolios unless the Prime Minister directed them to do so.
You’d think with all the problems with the NBN that Turnbull would be too busy to be talking on Sunday news programmes about issues that have nothing to do with his portfolio. However, it is positive that Cory is speaking out against the forces of evil within his own party. Some background here.
When is Tony Abbott going to stand up for main stream Australia…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has backed Cabinet colleague Malcolm Turnbull in an internal Liberal Party dispute over same-sex marriage.
…or will he continue to be cowered by the ABC and their fellow supporters?