Six or seven out of 10. That’s what Tony Abbott gets for his conciliation session with the gay community on radio this morning, where he gave "in principle" support to anti-discrimination legislation and a same-sex relationships register.

After Abbott admitted to feeling "threatened" by gay people in his much-maligned 60 Minutes interview, Corey Irlam, from the Australian Coalition for Equality, has been holding the Opposition leader’s hand as he copes with being, as he told Melbourne's Joy 94.9 today, "a 52-year-old bloke with a fairly traditional background". Irlam gives the former Catholic scholar credit.