Wed July 11:  fundraising Theatre Night – “Private Lives”!

You can now make a booking for the MASSG theatre night to see Private Lives by Noel Coward on Wed 11th July at Heidelberg Theatre Company.

Private Lives


When? Wed 11th July.  Collect seating tickets at the theatre from 7.30pm. Play starts 8pm.
Venue? 36 Turnham Ave, Rosanna.
Entry:  $25 per ticket. Supper will be available for a donation. Online booking is available through Trybooking.    Or you can book and pay with Pam at a MASSG meeting.

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Wed Aug 8: Eltham launch of book by Kon Karapanagiotidis

Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. His book, due out in June, will be launched by Eltham Bookshop, supported by MASSG and St Margaret’s Anglican Church Do Justice Group..Power of Hope
When? August 8th 6.30pm – 8pm
Venue? Multipurpose Room, Eltham Library,
Panther Place, Eltham
Entry:  $35.00 includes a copy of the book or a $25.00 gift voucher, and refreshments
Prepaid bookings are essential : Tel 94398700 or visit Eltham Bookshop, 970 Main Road Eltham.

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

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Keynote 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.

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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 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. 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 – 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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