John Howard says it’s not ‘racist’ to cut Australia’s migrant intake

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Speaking ahead of the release of sealed cabinet papers, the former prime minister told SBS News that Australia should be “mature” enough to debate the issue of migration.

  • James Elton-Pym
  • SBS

Former prime minister John Howard says Australian governments should be able to cut the country’s annual intake of migrants “without being accused of racism.”

Speaking to SBS News on Tuesday he said long-term migration was good for Australia but defended his cuts to the migration program when he came to power in 1996, as well as…

“You should be able to vary the…

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