From the AFR of Wednesday the 19th:
Not wanting any distractions between now and the September 14 federal election – the same day the referendum will be held – Mr Abbott some weeks ago committed the Coaltion to back the yes case, but almost every liberal opposes the referendum proposal. [My bolding]
This is not a distraction. It is the most vivid possible reminder that everything that Labor does is poison. How this could lose the Coalition votes is beyond me. A no vote is a no vote for a Labor proposal that would harm our federal structures and undermine the states. If there is to be a disparity in funding for the two sides then all bets should be off and Coalition members free to make their views known to the rest of us before it’s too late.