PYNE IN THE NECK

The revelation of a tape of senior frontbencher Christopher Pyne assuring a moderate Liberal Party audience that the Coalition was near to securing marriage equality has set off yet another round of backbiting and infighting, led as usual by Tony "No Sniping, No Undermining" Abbott. The ex-prime minister used his usual Monday 2GB radio slot to slam his former cabinet colleague, saying:

"Responses like that are among the reasons that the public turn off politicians -- because we don't tell them what we think. And it looks like one of our number has been caught out. My point is you have got to be fair dinkum with the Australian people and it looks like that has not been true of Christopher."