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.
Mr Turnbull on Sunday stood by the comments, despite their lukewarm reception.
Getting jeered by Liberal members 'constructive feedback', says @TurnbullMalcolmOctober 11, 2015
"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.Suggest a correction