New Australian Senator Jim Molan calls for cutbacks to immigration

New Australian Senator Jim Molan calls for cutbacks to immigration, by Rosie Lewis.

Retired army general Jim Molan has used his first speech to warn Australia’s cities are struggling to deal both culturally and physically with the “excess” number of legal migrants, and told colleagues he will not be beholden to a faction.

The new NSW Liberal senator, who replaced former Nationals deputy leader Fiona Nash after she was caught in the dual citizenship saga, did not go as far as echoing Tony Abbott’s calls to “scale back immigration” but said the number of migrants may be too large.

“Control of our borders and immigration are important to me, as they are to most Australians,” Senator Molan told the chamber.

“We now effectively control our borders in a way that few now trust the opposition to do. However, I am concerned that the level of legal migration, now that we control our borders, is in excess of the capacity for our cities to absorb, both culturally or in terms of infrastructure. We are approaching limits on this, if we have not already exceeded them. I don’t have the answer, but I certainly have the concern.”