Founder of the Hillsong Church Pastor Brian Houston.
Founder of the Hillsong Church Pastor Brian Houston. (Image: AAP/Paul Miller)

Last Friday evening at 6.20pm, I received an extraordinary email from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).

It was a long-overdue response to a freedom of information request I had submitted two months earlier, asking for correspondence about the possible attendance of Hillsong Church pastor Brian Houston at events during the prime minister’s recent US state visit.