A good tidings December event

The Power of Good People

 The Power of Good People , out this month, is a story of survival against all odds. Para was a child born into a very poor Tamil family when one of the modern world’s longest civil conflicts erupted. He was thirty-one when he was rescued from the Indian Ocean while sailing to Australia to seek asylum.  While in Christmas Island Detention Centre, Para became penfriends with Alison Corke, a member of the Apollo Bay branch of Rural Australians for Refugees. On his release from detention in 2011, Para moved in with the Corke family.  Alison and Para collaborated in writing     The Power of Good People.
Introduced by Professor Gillian Triggs, Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

When:  Sunday, December 10th, 2.30pm until 4.00pm

Venue: Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham


Entry: $30.00 per couple, includes copy of the book or  $20.00 gift voucher, the story from Para and Alison and Tamil afternoon tea .

10% of sales will go to a collection of books for Tamil children-in-need.

Prepaid bookings are essential with  ELTHAMbookshop (03) 9439 8700 , 970 Main Road, Eltham, 3095.  Email

and in our recent past…

November – Life on Manus from Anne Moon

We had a welcome and timely opportunity to hear directly from refugee advocate Anne Moon, who’s in constant touch with men on Manus, and recently returned from a third visit. In photos and passionate descriptions she told the stories of these men and their last-ditch stand against being moved to another prison after more than 4 years in the conditions UN as described as a concentration camp.  $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.  

Anne Moon


Check out Anne’s Facebook page here for current updates. And to view the confronting images from her visits, and facebook posts, Life on Manus

October: our annual lunch

It rapidly booked out – get in early next 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

David address

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:   If you missed the lunch, but want to donate to the MASSG fund, email

Our thanks to our speaker, to Bridges, and to our very generous donors of raffle prizes. Click here to see – and support –  those Raffle prize donors.

Our thanks to our speakers, to our audience, to ELTHAMbookshop for support with 10% of sales to our fund and to everyone who brought supper.


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.

Our  July event was also booked out, with over 400 people attending – and inspired by speakers Julian Burnside Omar 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 we 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.

By unanimous vote, the meeting determined a letter should be sent to local and national politicians and the press condemning current policies towards asylum seekers. This has been done – but very disappointingly, we have had no response from a delegation and a letter to Jenny Macklin.  Read our letter to Jenny Macklin.


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