Turnbull backs Laming for frontbench

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull answers questions on the rollout of the NBN while Bowman MP Andrew Laming listens at Raby Bay Harbour. PHOTO: Chris McCormack
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull answers questions on the rollout of the NBN while Bowman MP Andrew Laming listens at Raby Bay Harbour. PHOTO: Chris McCormack

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he believed Bowman MP Andrew Laming would "find his way to the front bench in due course on merit" regardless of the party's leader.

"He's a really capable member of Parliament and brings all of that diverse experience in medicine to the parliament," he said.

VIDEO: Malcolm Turnbull . Andrew Laming will "find his way to the front bench in due course on merit" regardless of the party's leader.

"He's not a cookie-cutter MP; he's not a political apparatchik; he's a really unique, talented individual."

The pair started working closely before the recent spill motion challenging Tony Abbott's leadership.

Mr Laming sparked the leadership motion last month when he called for a Bill to abolish knights and dames, directly challenging Mr Abbott's "captain's call" to award Prince Philip a knighthood.

Mr Laming said his proposed Bill was not a defacto way to gauge support for Mr Turnbull or sentiment against the first-term prime minister.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks with some of Redland City's young IT entrepreneurs at Fiction Bar, Raby Bay. PHOTO: Chris McCormack

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks with some of Redland City's young IT entrepreneurs at Fiction Bar, Raby Bay. PHOTO: Chris McCormack

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