Liberal Jeers 'Constructive Feedback', said PM

11/10/2015 1:53 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:50 PM AEST
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 file photo, Malcolm Turnbull comments after an Australian Liberal Party meeting where he has been elected at the new party leader at Parliament House in Canberra. The honeymoon did not last long for Turnbull. Just days after he took over as prime minister of Australia the attacks have started, with opponents accusing him of selling his ideological soul on issues from climate change to gay marriage in order to snatch the nation’s top job. So far, opinion polls suggest the new leader is popular but there are questions about how his public image might evolve in office. (AP Photo/Andrew Taylor, File)

Malcolm Turnbull has played down jeers and laughs from his party faithful during a speech on Saturday as "constructive feedback" while making his first trip to Queensland as Prime Minister.

Mr Turnbull was on the Gold Coast on Sunday to announce a $95 million federal grant for the second stage of region's light rail project.

Once finished, the project, targeted for completion in time for 2018 Commonwealth Games, will mean passengers can travel from Brisbane all the way down to the Gold Coast without changing trains.

The PM's trip to Queensland comes a day after Mr Turnbull was jeered at while addressing NSW Liberals in Sydney after saying the party was not ruled by factions.

Mr Turnbull on Sunday stood by the comments, despite their lukewarm reception.

"It's important for all of us to get constructive feedback," he told reporters.

"The point I was making was that the parliamentary Liberal Party, there are factions in all political parties, but the parliamentary Liberal Party itself is a much more independent group of independent group of individuals and that was really the point I was making."

Senior Liberal MP Andrew Robb supported the Prime Minister in an interview on Sky News on Sunday, saying factions are "part of everyday life".

"We have got factions, always have in the Liberal Party, but they don't control us and that's a big difference," he said.

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