Australia's National Prison Newspaper

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JULY 2024


JULY 2024




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JULY 2024

Our Team

To produce compelling stories and invaluable information, and to publish creative and emotive contributions from people inside, we need a passionate and brilliant team. About Time is represented by writers, lawyers and creative designers; healthcare professionals, activists and community organisers; and a significant number of formerly incarcerated individuals.

Joseph Friedman

Managing Director

Joseph Friedman is a Managing Director at About Time.

He was most recently an Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria, and previously worked as a solicitor at Allens. Joseph has volunteered for the Wisconsin Innocence Project in the United States, the Capital Punishment Justice Project and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. He is also a freelance journalist.

Rosie Heselev

Managing Director

Rosie Heselev is a Managing Director at About Time.

She was most recently a senior lawyer in the Wirraway Police and Prison Accountability team at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. Rosie previously ran the Prison Advocacy Program at the Fitzroy Legal Service. She has been a social justice advocate for many years.

Marietta Martinovic

RMIT University

Dr Marietta Martinovic is an Associate Professor in Criminology and Justice studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She started the first Australian Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program in Australia, and has established, and is leading five prison-based and one community-based Think Tank. Think Tanks are composed of people with lived experience of the Criminal Justice System (CJS), university students, researchers and CJS practitioners. We are consulted by a range of stakeholders about improving justice-related policies and practices. Marietta is internationally recognised for transformative learning in prisons and developing opportunities for the inclusion of lived criminal justice experience in policy making.

Brett Collins

Justice Action

Brett Collins is the coordinator of Justice Action, an advocacy organisation committed to protecting the rights of people in prison. He was the previous editor of JUST US, a pre-election newsletter for people in detention. Brett served 10 years in prison from 1970-1980 and has worked in criminal justice since. Brett also manages a halfway house and is the CEO of the social enterprise Breakout Media Communications.

Martina Hazelbane

Indigenous Road Safety Academy

Martina Hazelbane is a respected Larrakia/Warai traditional owner from the Northern Territory. She is the founder and CEO of the Indigenous Road Safety Academy, which aims to lower First Nations incarceration, reduce road trauma and increase employment by enabling more First Nations people to obtain their driver licence. Martina sits on several boards of organisations dedicated to social and criminal justice reform. In 2019, she received the prestigious Trevor Christian Memorial Award for her decades of work improving the lives of First Nations people.

Helen Blaber


Helen Blaber is the Director and Principal Solicitor of Prisoners’ Legal Service in Queensland. She has provided legal services to incarcerated people in Queensland for over a decade and leads strategic litigation aimed at promoting human rights.

Daniel Vansetten

South Australia

Daniel Vansetten spent around 12 years in prison and has since gone on to study a Bachelor of Laws at university. He uses his lived experience and study to advocate for prison reform, providing volunteer services to prison reform advocates across Australia.

Ranuka Tandan

Meg Tait

Alyssia Tennant

Carla Mazzoni

Catherine Fletcher

Rebecca Emder

Natasha Grant

Emily Brill

Eve Dickinson

Abha Haval

Charlee Hawkes

Declan Dempster

Erin Hee

Hugh Phillips

Matt Presutto

Selin Kaya

Fiona Spitzkowsky

Jenna Allen

Cassandra Martin

Ethan Cassidy

Design Director

Ethan is an independent Art Director, Designer, Photographer and Photojournalist, currently based in Melbourne (Naarm), Australia. He specialises in art direction, creative consultancy, the design of printed and physical objects, brand identities, websites and black and white photography. Ethan is particularly interested in work with a genuine or social impact and operates frequently in the intersection between design and music.

Seeking Further Representation

About Time is looking for further representation across the country. If you are interested in becoming involved as a representative from a state or territory, or becoming part of the executive team, please email the below address.

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