Sky News host Andrew Bolt has exclusively obtained a leaked recording of Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne saying the faction is in the ‘winners circle’ during a gathering of moderate Liberals before the party’s federal council meeting in Sydney last Friday night.
In the recording Mr Pyne says senior members of the moderate faction have risen to positions of power in the government.
‘Friends, we are in the winner’s circle,’ Mr Pyne said in the recording.
‘Two years ago when we came to a Federal Council in Melbourne at a lovely dinner Malcolm Turnbull was the minister for communications and now he is the prime minister.
‘So I would say our fortunes are pretty good at the moment and most of your cabinet ministers, George Brandis, Marise Payne and yours truly, quite a few of us are in very senior cabinet positions in a Turnbull government.’…”
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