Thursday August 16th: celebrate Behrouz Boochani’s book, No Friend but the Mountains.

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Speakers Julian Burnside QC and author Arnold Zable.

Eltham Bookshop and Eltham College and Picador partner with MASSG, St Margaret’s Anglican Church Do Justice Group and Diamond Valley Oxfam.

Click to download the flyer and send it to friends

“Writing from Manus prison: a scathing critique of domination and oppression” – read the Guardian story about this book with extracts – here.

When? 16th August 6.30 PM – 8.30 PM
Venue? The Clark Auditorium, Eltham College, 1660 Main Rd Research1660 Main Rd Research
Entry  : $45.00 per couple/single includes one copy of the  book or a $30.00  gift voucher and light refreshments. Eltham College students free.
Please call  ELTHAMbookshop on 9439 8700 or visit  at 970 Main Road, Eltham 3095


Friday 7th September: lunch with Gillian Triggs.

Our annual fundraising lunch Friday 7th September is booked out

We are honoured to welcome as our Guest Speaker Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and passionate advocate of the rights of asylum seekers.

Funds raised by this event will support legal assistance to asylum seekers by RACS (Refugee Advice and Casework Service), and help to local people seeking asylum.

 Click here if you wish to add your name to the waitlist in case of cancellations.

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Cost: $40 (includes a two course meal).



Wednesday 19th September, 8pm

By popular demand, another Theatre Night with Heidelberg Theatre Company!

BLUE STOCKINGS by Jessica Swale

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About the play

1896 – Girton College, Cambridge, Britain’s first college to admit women.  This story of four young women during one tumultuous academic year, fighting for the right to graduate alongside their male peers, is set against the larger backdrop of women’s suffrage. Little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way; love, class division or the strength of the opposition.

“Swale’s debut play is an energetic, polemical gallop… tremendous fun, friendly in its feminism and deserves to be popular.” Manuel Harlan,

Read glowing reviews here and here.


Book online here or in person at a MASSG meeting.

All proceeds will be used by MASSG to support people who have come to Australia seeking safety for themselves and their families.


Looking back -2017

December – Gillian Triggs launched  The Power of Good People   at an event with Eltham bookshop. The book is available in Eltham bookshop –  (03) 9439 8700 , 970 Main Road, Eltham, 3095.  Email

November – Life on Manus from Anne Moon, who’s in constant touch with men on Manus, and recently returned from a third visit.  $1100 in donations was given to the fund to support legal aid or the men negatively assessed for refugee status in processes UN has described as flawed. To contribute to this fund, click here.   

October: our annual lunch rapidly booked out ! At this time of increasing crisis for asylum seekers needing visas, and those in detention, we were privileged to have as our speaker David Manne, executive director of Refugee Legal

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From the lunch tickets and donations, over $3,000 was raised for Refugee Legal for visa assistance to asylum seekers. Find out about Refugee Legal and the current visa crises for asylum seekers here:  

In September, our Theatre Night was yes, booked out! An enjoyable night, a good laugh (important in a bleak world) and a fine supper were shared by attendees. Proceeds to legal aid for asylum seekers. Our thanks to Heidelberg Theatre Company for their welcoming assistance and excellent play. More theatre nights to come…

At our  July event, Stand Up for Justice over 400 people booked out the hall kindly provided by St Francis Xavier Social Justice Group. Speakers were Julian Burnside QCOmar and Saad Al-Kassab, and Kobra Moradi. Follow-ups? To share what we heard and contribute to what we did, click hereAnd  here you can read the answers to questions left by audience members, the letter sent by MASSG to all Labor parliamentarians, following up on the concern from the meeting about the current bipartisan policies – and the Labor Party’s response.

And in June, we held the free open forum,  Voices from Detention, with St Francis Xavier Social Justice Group. It featured the prizewinning journalism of Behind the Wire.


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