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.