Senior Policy Advisor on Equality

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Azucena Carrasco-Toronjo

Senior Policy Advisor on Equality

Born in Spain where I worked as a journalist for over fifteen years, I arrived in Australia in 2005 and became a citizen in 2010. Always interested in social justice and politics, I completed a degree in Sociology and Political Science by the UNED in Spain while raising my children here in Australia. Soon after graduation, I had my first opportunity to work as a political staffer – I remember being in awe and thinking “Australia really is the land of opportunities for everyone”. After five years’ experience in government, my curiosity and commitment to learn more took me back to study. In 2017 I completed a Masters in Development Practice majoring in Politics of Global Development at the University of Queensland. During what I describe as “the best time of my life”, I honed my skills in analysing the political, economic and social structure impacting both endemic and new forms of inequality. Unconscious bias towards diversity and women’s struggles are also well-known to me, including being a single parent. It greatly motivates me working towards equality with integrity and empathy. I believe that Australia is an honest country, and so it should be with our leaders.