[The Age] "Golden ticket" visas, with which wealthy investors can gain privileged access to Australian residency, could damage the character of the nation, according to Melbourne Anglican Bishop Philip Huggins.
Bishop Huggins contrasted efforts by the Federal Government to contain refugee numbers with the open-door policy for those who had $5 million to spend in Australia under the "Significant Investor" visa program.
"What tests are made on how applicants have made their money?" he asked. "Have 'Fair Trade' principles or the conventions of the International Labour Organisation been honoured? What character references are required in their application?"
Bishop Huggins, chairman of the Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee, said refugees who resettled in Australia invariably spoke with gratitude for the opportunity to find a new home after fleeing violence and trauma.
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