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PM has unfinished business in reckoning with church abuse

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20.10.2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has two questions to answer after failing to respond to a US news report that he sought to have Hillsong church leader Brian Houston invited to a White House dinner with Donald Trump in September.

Hillsong leader and friend of the Prime Minister, Brian Houston. Credit:Janie Barrett

First, is it true? Second, why won't Morrison give us a simple yes or no answer? And if it keeps going we'll soon be asking a third and a fourth question: Does Morrison have a conflict of interest here, and is he blind to it?

These questions need answers as we mark the first anniversary of the national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse on Tuesday, an apology delivered by Scott Morrison.

It's been more than four weeks since The Wall Street Journal reported the PM was "determined" to bring Brian Houston "as part of his delegation" but "the White House vetoed the idea, telling his office that Mr Houston was not invited".

"After several rounds of discussions across the 14 time zones between Washington and Canberra, Mr Morrison........

© The Sydney Morning Herald