Hi, I'm Alex
WHERE I COME FROM
I am born and bred in South West Victoria. I attended Warrnambool Primary School then Warrnambool College and threw myself into whatever activity I could. Football, Debating, Basketball, Acting, Fun Runs. No matter where you looked in our community there was a passionate group of people doing something together, and that's something that has stuck with me no matter where I travelled in life.
At 18, like many regional young people looking for a career in arts/entertainment, I moved to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Melbourne University. In 2010, I was plucked by radio station triple j to co-anchor the national breakfast show, where I remained for the next 7 years. Speaking live, 5 days a week to 1.1 million listeners was an eye opening experience, not only from the insights you get from interviewing people like Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott on the eve of the election, but as a litmus test of the nation, talking to regular Australians every morning about their hopes, dreams, lives, and occasionally the weirdest place they've found an apple sticker.
From there, I've plied my trade at many things, from writing a novel 'When It Drops' which managed to make the CBCA Notables list, to opening a brand new Comedy Club - Comedy Republic - which opened in 2020 under the most challenging circumstances possible. It has certainly given me invaluable insight into the joys and challenges of operating your own small business, as well as the role government plays in supporting Australians to create jobs. Amongst this, I've worked with brands like Nike and Coles, DJ-ed at countless Australian clubs and Festivals, and watched far too much AFL to mention. Also, in 2019, I got the inspiration to run for parliament.
THE FIRST CAMPAIGN
I was watching the TV in a Perth hotel room when I saw the news that, after another spill had been called, Scott Morrison was replacing Malcolm Turnbull as the Prime Minister of Australia. He was to be the 7th Prime Minister in 11 years. In fact, in my entire adult life, no Prime Minister to that point had lasted their full term. The political in-fighting from both parties was infuriating enough for me to put up my hand at the last minute and run as an independent candidate. To try and provide an alternative for the people of my home region. Someone who wasn't interested in personal ambition, focusing instead on positivity and policy. Things that would actually help the people of the electorate. I also wanted to show young people that politics didn't have to be this way. That you could get involved, and be yourself a part of the process. I achieved my goals, and the incredible experience I had meeting and talking to you, the people of Wannon, has encouraged me to throw my hat in the ring again. This time, with an even loftier goal - To win, and finally give Wannon a representative who doesn't take this part of the world for granted.
To Give Power back to the People
Give South-West Victoria a friendly, accessible federal candidate who will work in the best interest of the people of Wannon, not the interests of their own political party.