John Howard backs Abbott in calling for immigration discussion

John Howard backs Abbott in calling for immigration discussion, by Adam Creighton.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Australian, the former prime minister also backed nuc­lear power, warned against the growing dominance of apparat­chiks in the political system and cautiously endorsed US President Donald Trump — “if you look through the tweeting and some of the apparent tantrums”.

John Howard, 2014

“I can’t for the life of me see why we can’t have a sensible debate about the level of immigration,’’ he said. “I’d like to hear the debate. I really would. One of the problems with political discourse at moment is we’re losing power to discuss something.” …

“No country will accept what it apprehends to be unlimited immigration. That’s the lesson out of Europe,” Mr Howard said.