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 the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (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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Do Lunch… and Do Good!
Our Annual Luncheon is on Friday 6th October, and we are proud to announce that our Guest Speaker will be David Manne, Executive Director of Refugee Legal.
More details and book now here!
Please tell your friends about this lunch event. Click here for a printable Lunch flyer – send this round and post it on noticeboards. Book is on Trybooking.com, or if you prefer, email us to arrange payment. If you want a group table, email those names to us.
Join us to lunch, network, talk and be privileged to meet David Manne and hear his update on the current urgent legal situation for asylum seekers. All for $30 a head! It’s booking now and till September 25th – or when sold out.
Our current campaigns
As described in our newsletters, we submitted to the Senate enquiry into the Government’s proposed changes to citizenship law – our submissions joined 10,000 others opposed to the changes. Two (2!) were in favor. Read about it here.
We’re trying to talk with Labor
MASSG strongly believes the ‘bipartisan’ support for cruel policies to asylum seekers must end, and that Labor must confront the fact that its silence allows those policies to continue. We have written individually to every Labor Parliamentarian. We have received an answer from the Shadow Minister for all of them, and just three bothered to reply individually. Read those letters here.
This is what we do.
A new business for Mahdi – do you need Banyule Maintenance?
Almost two years ago we wrote about Mahdi, his wife Samaneh and their baby daughter, who are seeking asylum from persecution in Iran. Since MASSG introduced Mahdi to David and Julie, owners of a local Montmorency Home Maintenance business, life in Australia became much better for them. Mahdi started full-time employment with David’s Home Maintenance Service, a local business based in Montmorency. Since then Mahdi has formed a strong working relationship with David and has worked on a variety of maintenance and small building jobs in and around the northeastern suburbs. His customers have come to know Mahdi as energetic, resourceful and hard working and adept at a broad range of tasks….all done with a smile. Now, Mahdi has launched his own business, Banyule Maintenance. He has his own professionally signed van and is gradually building up a comprehensive set of tools. He is already well organised and able to take on new customers of his own. David has taken a step back and plays more of a mentoring role while Mahdi’s business develops.
Then and now
Mahdi does small maintenance and building projects using his carpentry, plumbing and painting skills. He has also done a number of landscaping jobs including retaining walls and paving. Mahdi would welcome your enquiries on 0469 592 941. Or go to his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/banyulemaintenance/.