GEIFN | Being Equalness | Sunday 20 September 2015 | 1-6pm

UN International Peace Day and A Sunday Family Dinner

What? Explore. An absent loved one is coming to dinner and we are excited. Excitement turns to shock as the partner is not like us. In this information-rich society it is easy to get the wrong idea and be fearful or angry at the unknown. Spend family time with some who have already tread the path, learn tips and tricks to reduce gaps between us and happiness.

Why: A Glen Eira commemoration of United Nations International Day of Peace annual aspiration, 21 September 2015. A personal exploration into individual identity, 'the other', perceptions of obstacles that drive us apart and invisible ties that bring us together.

Welcome: 1-2pm Choir, Welcome and Keynote Presentation
Gathering: 2-4pm Afternoon Tea, Workshops, Panel Discussion, Q&A
Dinner: 4-6pm Sit-down to Dinner. Enjoy a delicious vegetarian meal.

Cost: Full/Part $20/$10 pp. Funds raised donated to nominated charities. Seating limited.

Where: St John’s Uniting Church, 567 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick


Gathering Caretaker Carey 0438 371 488


ASRC | Asylum Seeker Resource Centre - August 2015

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When you donate to the ASRC, your donation goes directly into programs that change the lives of people seeking asylum. Here's what your donation helps achieve:

  • 40,000 daily meals provided daily to keep people healthy
  • 200 families assisted weekly by provision of basic grocery needs.
  • Secured employment for 110 asylum seeker members - assisting people find employment and enabling to stand on their own two feet

For those with a surplus, 
Foodbank is in need of:
-- Honey
-- Toothpaste
-- Shampoo & conditioner
Material Aid is in need of:
-- Large pots (suitable for families)
-- Single, double & queen sheet sets
-- Blankets

Did you know of benefits to your place from engaging socially enterprising ASRC Catering or ASRC Cleaning?


Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
214-218 Nicholson St
Melbourne, VIC 3011 Australia

PPLS | Listening Pathways; Music and Composition | Wednesday 5 August | 4-5pm

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What: How does a 21st century composer set their musical ideas to paper? How does a musician improvise in the Arabic tradition? What energy can a clap conjure?  Find out how some of Melbourne's diverse musical personalities create their work today, in an interactive event featuring short performances, a discussion, and your questions!

Who: The session will be hosted by Alexina Hawkins, a young Australian violist and a Fellow at the Australian National Academy of Music. She will be joined by composer Sam Smith and oud player Yuval Ashkar and the event will include performances of the violin, viola and oud.

Where: Emerald Hill Library (South Melbourne)

Cost: Free


Please book online through Eventbrite.
Port Phillip Library Service
Information: 9209 6655 or

ZBR | Dinner Fundraiser for Nepal Earthquakes | Sat 15 August 2015 | from 6.30pm to late

Local dinner fundraiser to assist Nepali country men, women and children aiding some rebuilding of Nepal

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Where: Ze Bar & Restaurant, 300 Beach Rd, Black Rock
Cost: Tickets: $60 per person including Nepalese style banquet, entertainment, music and chance to learn more about Sindhupalchowk. Gluten free and vegetarians catered for. Please note. Everything except wine and beer is being donated and all proceeds go to disaster relief efforts. (Wine and beer available separately at bar prices.)

Why: The small developing country of Nepal has recently been subject to two major Earthquakes; 25 April and 12 May 2015 plus numerous damaging aftershocks.

Both Earthquakes caused huge amounts of damage to an already impoverished nation; killing thousands, injuring tens of thousands, flattening villages and causing too many to become homeless and sleep in the open with no shelter.

To assist organisers and to maximize successful occasion, please book early to ensure all those wishing to take part in this mini cultural immersion have a place at the table.
Ph: 03 9589 3201


The Sandeep Karki, Ze Bar & Restaurant
Mobile 0432 587 071

On behalf of Nepal Rises, a Nepali NGO working on the ground in Nepal bringing emergency shelter, water harvesting and sanitation.

VGLSIC | Inquiry for End of Life choices

Community views sought on choices for end of life
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What: A Victorian parliamentary inquiry is seeking community views on the need for laws to allow people broader scope in their end of life choices.

Chair of the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee, Edward O’Donohue, said the inquiry is an opportunity for all Victorians to have their say on an issue that affects everyone.
“The Committee will be carefully examining all the issues around end of life care including palliative care, the practices of physicians assisting at this stage, practices in other jurisdictions and the current framework of legislation.” Mr O’Donohue said.
“Over the coming months we will be talking to medical and legal experts, and a broad range of groups and individuals for whom this is a crucial issue.
“The Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee is committed to investigating whether we are meeting community expectations.
The Committee has called for written submissions which focus on:
• How current medical practices and palliative care assist those managing their end of life
• How end of life is managed in other Australian and international jurisdictions
• Potential legislative changes that may be required and the impact of federal laws.

How: Details about how to make a submission or contribute at a public hearing can be found on the Committee’s website

When: Submissions closed on 31 July.


Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee
Enquiries: Lilian Topic, Committee Secretary - 03 8682 2928 or 0417 322 053.

VGEEJSC | Inquiry into portability of Long Service Leave Entitlements

Committee moves to investigate long service leave portability
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What: The Victorian Parliament’s Economic, Education, Jobs & Skills Committee has called for submissions to an inquiry into portability of long service leave entitlements for Victorian workers.

“Long service leave rewards workers who have worked long and hard for many years," said Committee Chair, Mr Nazih Elasmar. “It gives workers a well-deserved mid-career break, allowing them to return to work with renewed energy.”

“Victoria’s workforce is changing fast,” said Mr Elasmar. “Even though workers are spending more of their lives in the workforce, they are moving jobs more often, which means they are less likely to rack up long service leave.”

Research shows that three quarters of Australian workers remain with their employer for less than ten years, the usual qualifying period for long service leave. One in five workers has been with their current employer for less than one year. Working lives are also increasing: a male born in 2011 can expect to spend 36.8 years in the workforce, up from 35.1 years for those born in 2001.

“A lot of employees are missing out on long service leave, despite working in a single industry for many, many years,” said Mr Elasmar.
Portable long service leave arrangements already exist in some industry sectors, allowing an employee to take their long service leave entitlements with them as they move employers within a single industry. In Victoria, a portable long service scheme has operated in the building and construction industry since the 1970s. In other parts of Australia, schemes cover other industries such as contract cleaning, security and the community services sector.

“We will be looking at the portable long service schemes already in place both in Victoria and elsewhere in Australia to see what we can learn from them,” said Mr Elasmar. “In particular, the Committee will look at which industries may benefit from portable long service leave arrangements.”

The Committee’s terms of reference specifically ask the Committee to examine the community services sector.

The Committee will also consider possible models for portable long service leave schemes, and the financial and economic impacts of portable long service leave arrangements.

Who: Mr Elasmar urged all interested individuals and organisations to make a submission to the inquiry.

When: The closing date for submissions is 7 August 2015.

How: The inquiry’s terms of reference and information about how to make a submission to the Committee are available on the Committee’s website at:


Committee Executive Officer, Ms Kerryn Riseley (03) 8682 2822

Economic, Education, Jobs & Skills Committee

JC | The Australian Rule of Law and Human Rights in 2015

Professor Gillian Triggs made an impassioned call for the Rule of Law at the 2015 Human Rights Dinner

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I am honored to be a patron of Justice Connect that has so successfully aligned probono lawyers with clients to provide legal advice and services for migrants, the homeless and older Australians.

As an international lawyer, I am impressed by the work of the Human Rights Law Center that places human rights law at the heart of their advocacy. I congratulate both organizations for their work and am proud to be part of a profession that accepts its responsibility to promote a just Australia under the rule of law.

Tonight, I would like to speak to you about the vital role our parliaments play, whether State, Territory or Federal, in protecting our ancient democratic liberties and rights.

I believe that the question –“what are the proper limits on the power of Parliament?”- remains a live one for contemporary Australian democracy. Over the last 15 years or so, the major political parties have agreed with each other to pass laws that threaten some of the most fundamental rights and freedoms that we have inherited from our common law tradition. For, over the last decade, particularly since the attack in 2001 on the twin towers in America, Australian parliaments have passed scores of laws that infringe our democratic freedoms of speech, association and movement, the right to a fair trial and the prohibition on arbitrary detention. These new laws undermine a healthy, robust democracy, especially if they grant discretionary powers to the executive government that are not subject to judicial scrutiny.

What then are the safeguards of democratic liberties if parliament itself is compliant and complicit in expanding the powers of the executive to the detriment of the judiciary and ultimately of all Australian citizens?

What are the options for democracy when both major parties, in government and opposition, agree upon laws that violate fundamental freedoms?

Find out these and more answers from full article at website of Justice Connect

JC | Women's Homelessness Prevention Project

Free legal help for women facing eviction and homelessness.

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Who: Are you a woman facing eviction?

Have you received a notice from your landlord or do you have VCAT  hearing because:
  • you've fallen behind in rent 
  • complaints have been made?
  • or any other reason?
  • Have you missed a VCAT hearing?

How we can we help:

  • Legal representation 
  • Legal advice (by phone or in person)
  • Social work and case coordination
  • Referrals
  • Information


Justice Connect
Freecall from landlines 1800 606 313
Read report: Home Safe: Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

JMA | True Jews and Patriots | 30 June 2015 - 31 January 2016

Australian Jews and World War One

What: From photos and letters to Sir John Monash's boots, explore the intriguing untold stories of Jewish Australian contributions to World War One.

Check for altered timetable for Jewish public holidays
Tuesday–Thursday 10am–4pm
Friday 10am–3pm
Sunday 10am–5pm

Adults $10 (18+)
Children Free (5 and under)
Children $5 (6+)
Concession $5 (students, pension card holders, Health Care card)
Family $20 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children)
Member Free


Jewish Museum of Australia
26 Alma Rd, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Two-minute walk from tram stop 32 on St Kilda Rd (Routes 3 or 67)
Tel: +61 3 8534 3600
Fax: +61 3 9534 0844

MJMF | Shir Madness | Elsternwick | Sunday 6 September 2015

Jewish Music Beyond Belief

What: One day. 5 stages, 11 hours, 30 Acts
Where: Classic Cinemas, Kadimah Hall and Selwyn St, Elsternwick
Who: Musicians from USA, Israel, Australia



BMM | Bunjilaka Melbourne Museum

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Explore a vibrant living Koorie culture and learn, discover and celebrate our shared history. Stunning exhibitions, family activities and more!


Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton Vic
Tel 13 11 02