John Howard praised by PM af­ter re­port­edly in­ter­ven­ing in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent

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Scott Mor­ri­son has lauded the for­mer prime min­is­ter John Howard for in­ter­ven­ing in a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent.

Howard, 79, who was prime min­is­ter be­tween 1996 and 2007, was on his daily walk near his Syd­ney home on Wed­nes­day when he saw a cou­ple fight­ing, News Corp re­ported. Af­ter break­ing up the row, Howard waited with the woman un­til po­lice ar­rived.

“How good is John Howard,” Mor­ri­son told re­porters in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory. “He’s ob­vi­ously been a men­tor to me and oth­ers, par­tic­u­larly on our side of pol­i­tics. It shows the char­ac­ter of the bloke.”

Mor­ri­son used the in­ci­dent to point out Aus­tralians’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to help stop do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“John Howard gave us a re­minder that we’ve all got a re­spon­si­bil­ity when it comes to this,” he said. “If you see this stuff go­ing on, call it out like John did.”

The for­mer La­bor prime min­is­ter Kevin Rudd, who de­feated Howard at the 2007 elec­tion, also pub­licly con­grat­u­lated his for­mer op­po­nent.

“Well done John Howard. Any vi­o­lence against women is un­ac­cept­able,” Rudd tweeted.

As a re­sult of the in­ci­dent, a 44-yearold woman was charged with breach­ing an ap­pre­hended do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der and granted con­di­tional bail to ap­pear at Manly lo­cal court on Tues­day.

The man, 47, was taken to hospi­tal as a men­tal health pre­cau­tion.

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