Tony Alessi runs his own race in bid to make seat ‘relevant’

Tony Alessi (right) watches on as upper house Labor MP Mark Gepp announces partial funding for the Mildura South indoor sports complex last month. Picture: Ben Gross

Tony Alessi (right) watches on as upper house Labor MP Mark Gepp announces partial funding for the Mildura South indoor sports complex last month. Picture: Ben Gross

WIN or lose, Tony Alessi will emerge from his maiden state election campaign a more battle-hardened man.

Alessi was already well-connected within government circles when he made the decision to stand as Labor’s candidate for Mildura several weeks ago but didn’t realise the extent to which politics can be a brutal game.

Already, he’s faced questions from angry Mallee farmers about the red shirts affair that hangs over Labor’s campaign like a dark cloud, defended Andrews Government policy he has his own misgivings about, and engaged in an internal battle within the party to secure a better deal for a country electorate that, by his own admission, hasn’t been at the front and centre of Labor’s radar for a long time.

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