Coming next – Gillian Triggs is Speaking Up in Eltham!


Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group (MASSG) &

Social Justice Group, St Francis Xavier Parish, Montmorency

warmly invite you to hear

Gillian Triggs


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When: Monday, November 19th ,  6.30pm – 8.00pm

Where: The Clarke Auditorium, Eltham College of Education, 1660 Main Road, Eltham.

Entry: $55/Single; $65/couple – includes one signed copy of the book (RRP$45.00) OR one $40.00 gift voucher & refreshments.  Teenagers 12-18 year old free entry

10%of the sales will be donated to a MASSG project.

Prepaid early bookings essential: ph 9439 8700, visit ELTHAMbookshop, 970 Main Road Eltham or go to the Bookshop Events page.

Gillian will be in conversation with historian Clare Wright, author of  the Stella Prize winner, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka Street.

The Chocolate Lilies will sing Gillian’s book in on the night.

Professor Gillian Triggs served as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012 to 2017, advocating for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalised. She withstood relentless political pressure and media scrutiny as she defended the defenceless for five tumultuous years.  Her new book, Speaking Up, shares with readers the values that have guided her convictions and the causes she has championed.

— And she will not rest until Australia has a Bill of Rights.


… and about that lunch!

Our annual fundraising lunch Friday 7th September was booked out weeks in advance, and raised over $4,000 for RACS (Refugee Advice and Casework Service), and for the ASRC.  Our thanks to our generous sponsors who donated raffle prizes. . Click here to see the list of those donors. –   please support their businesses and thank them for supporting us.

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Our speaker, Gillian Triggs, with the flowers presented to her, provided by The Wilde Bunch, fine florists of Hurstbridge.


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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