The Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group (MASSG) aims to support people who have sought asylum in Australia and to defend and promote their right to do so. We do this by assisting individuals in our community, by contributing to organisations supporting asylum seekers (e.g ASRC), by working to raise awareness and compassion within our community, and by campaigning for change in government policies and practices.
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What we do
For a quick picture of what we do, go to this report on the 2018 work of MASSG. Our January 2019 newsletter details the ways our fundraising dollars are distributed, and gives reports from the major organisations we support.
Palm Sunday Rally in Melbourne
Yes, MASSG was there!
Jagajaga electorate Candidates’ Meeting
You can read here our vision for policy affecting asylum seekers and refugees
MASSG was one of nine local not-for-profit groups that joined to prepare their visions of good policy in four crucial areas, and to invite the major party candidates for Jagajaga to respond. The topics? Foreign Aid, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Indigenous Australians, Climate Change.
And the candidates? The candidate for the Labor Party, Kate Thwaites, and candidate for The Greens, Paul Kennedy, have accepted the invitation and thoughtfully responded to the very detailed and serious questioning from the groups and the audience. The Liberal Party refused the invitation.
We choose fairness and decency—and we vote!
At the coming federal election, SRC #Jagajaga Right Track is handing out “scorecards” for the parties to voters on election day- and we need your help! Volunteers are needed to give out these “scorecards” in Montmorency, Watsonia, St Helena and Diamond Creek on election day and during the pre-poll period. Our slogan will be “choose fairness and decency” More details here.
On election day – look for these tshirts!!
Then… come to the MASSG meeting
Monday 15th April, MASSG meeting—from 2pm at Montmorency Community Church, 24 Mayona Rd, Montmorency.
In 2001 the Tampa tragedy hit the headlines, and the Australian population learned, for the first time, about the plight of asylum seekers attempting to enter our country by boat. One morning in 2003 a small group of friends met for coffee and soon began discussing the latest news about asylum seekers. These kindly women were horrified that people could come here and go hungry in a land of plenty. They decided to meet monthly and collect non-perishable food which would be given to the Asylum Seekers’ Resource Centre. And so the Montmorency Asylum Seekers’ Support Group was born.
Fourteen years later it still exists……. think for a moment about that. Fourteen years! Over those 14 years, Australia built an indelible reputation for cruelty, selfish rejection of those in need and shameful defiance of international condemnation. And for 14 years the Montmorency Asylum Seekers’ Support Group has spoken out against those policies, lobbied those who make them and helped those hurt by them.