Former PM backtracks on previous statement that party MPs would not be bound on marriage equality beyond the last parliament

Tony Abbott has backtracked on a previous statement that Liberal MPs would not be bound on same-sex marriage beyond the last parliament, and he says the government must stick with the plebiscite policy until the next election.

Abbott used a radio interview on Wednesday to insist the Liberal party was “honour bound, by pledge of the Australian people, not to try and change this matter in the parliament”.

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