Coming up

Monday 12th February

We’re passing on news of a free event in February – Zoe Holman on Human Rights issues in Palestine.  Check out Zoe’s formal cv here and her interests here.  Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Economist, The Sydney Morning Herald, VICE News and Al Jazeera.

Zoe talk flyer image

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Sunday 25th March

Palm Sunday walk for JUSTICE FOR REFUGEES

Palm Sunday 2018

Friday 7th September

Our Annual lunch will be held in Hurstbridge,  and our speaker will be Professor Gillian Triggs


Looking back

December – Gillian Triggs launched  The Power of Good People   at an event with Eltham bookshop. It’s available there –  (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 – get in early this year! 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

David at lunch table  Barb  lunch tables

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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