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Liberal conference jeers Turnbull for "no factions" comment

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gestures as he speaks Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Mr Turnbull was addressing delegates during the NSW liberal Party State Council in Sydney, Australia.
Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gestures as he speaks Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Mr Turnbull was addressing delegates during the NSW liberal Party State Council in Sydney, Australia. AAP Image - David Moir

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been met with laughter and jeers from Liberal Party members at the New South Wales state council, after claiming the party is not ruled by factions.

Mr Turnbull took the opportunity to express his thanks to his predecessor Tony Abbott, saying he took the Liberals out of the wilderness of opposition.

Those remarks were met by applause, but not all of the Prime Minister's comments were met with support from the party faithful, particularly when he turned to what he believes makes the Liberal Party great.

Mr Turnbull said the Liberal Party was a broad church, with members from a wide variety of backgrounds.

"We are not run by factions," Mr Turnbull said, a statement met with laughter and groans from the audience.

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