"My idea is to build on the strength of our society and I support, by and large, evolutionary change," he said.
"I'm not someone who wants to see radical change based on the fashion of the moment."
"There were many a few years ago who kept telling us a republic is inevitable," he said.Yes, a Republic is exactly like two consenting adults in love being denied the right to have their relationship and commitment legally recognised.
"If this country lasts for a thousand years quite possibly at some point we might be a republic but I don't think a republic is inevitable any time soon and similarly I don't see same sex marriage as inevitable."
UPDATE: Boxing gloves signed by Tony Abbott up for auction at Liberals fund-rasing do in Tamworth. Image via @LisaHerbert