About Toni

Toni Hassan has spent most of her adult life observing and reporting on the world around her but also imagining how different the world could be and working towards it. She has enjoyed a diverse career which includes journalism, public health and community development. She is a writer, artist, parent with husband Peter Martin, and member of a parish community in the north of Canberra.

With an interest in what the digital age is doing to us, Toni is an Associate Fellow with The Centre for Responsible Technology at The Australia Institute. She is the author of Families in the Digital Age published by Hybrid. She is also an adjunct research fellow at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture attached to Charles Sturt University, with research interests in spiritual literacy and ritual, social justice, democracy and civics (well, just about most things, and seeing the connections between things).

She has worked for a wide range of media from ABC Radio and TV in Australia to Reuters in South Africa and The Asahi Shimbun daily newspaper in Japan. She has been a media advisor to members of Australia's federal parliament, Dr Andrew Leigh and Senator Claire Moore. She has managed public affairs for Anglicare Canberra & Goulburn and, motivated to forward reconciliation has worked for the national community development organisation, Indigenous Community Volunteers.

Toni has received a Human Rights Award and a Walkley Award for her coverage of refugee health issues.

Toni has completed tertiary study in visual arts, communications, international development and community development. She is an alumni of the outstanding Diplomacy Training Program, aimed at advancing human rights in the Asia-Pacific region, run by the University of New South Wales Law School.

Her current volunteer focus is as a Director with Be Slavery Free (formerly Stop the Traffik), a charity committed to preventing modern slavery. Previously, she was a pro-bono adviser for the Public Education Foundation and a volunteer guide at the National Gallery of Australia.

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