The Hon Alan Tudge MP

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Alan Tudge was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010, representing the seat of Aston. Following the 2013 Federal election he was appointed to the role of Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with a primary focus on Indigenous affairs.

He has been a member of the House of Representatives Employment and Education Committee and was Chairman of the Coalition’s Taskforce into Online Higher Education.

Prior to entering parliament, Alan spent most of his career in business, including several years with the Boston Consulting Group in Australia, Malaysia and New York, and running his own advisory business. He was also Senior Adviser to former Education Minister Brendan Nelson and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.

He also spent several years as the Deputy Director of Noel Pearson’s Cape York Institute where he oversaw the design of the Welfare Reform program as well as a number of other initiatives. 

His experience with Cape York began in 2000 where he was the first corporate secondee into remote Indigenous Australia. Jawon which has now sent over 1000 secondees from Australia’s leading companies.

Alan has had a long term commitment to improving our education systems. As well as his work in parliament, Alan is a co-founder of Teach for Australia, a national non-profit which supports top graduates into disadvantaged schools.

He was born and educated in the eastern outskirts of Melbourne where his parents were new immigrants to Australia. His first jobs included apple and potato picking, factory laboring, bar work and sales assistant at Myer Dandenong.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University (where he was Student President) and an MBA from Harvard University.

He is a keen sportsman and proud North Melbourne supporter.

He lives in Wantirna South with his wife, Teri, and their two daughters.

Responsibilities: 

The Hon Alan Tudge MP is the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister.

Indigenous Employment Gap Widening

The employment gap between non-indigenous and indigenous Australians is higher than initially thought, growing by over three percentage points since 2008.

Preliminary data from the 2012-13 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey in relation to the indigenous employment rate has been revised downwards.

The initial survey published in February 2014, showed an indigenous mainstream employment rate of 45.9 per cent for people of workforce age, which has been now revised to 45.6 per cent based on the full survey sample.

Transcript Sky News Lunchtime Agenda Interview With Laura Jayes 22 September 2014

Topics: Arnhem Land visit, constitutional recognition, school attendance, Forrest Review

LAURA JAYES: It is a week on since the Prime Minister went to Arnhem Land as promised at the election. Do you think, Alan Tudge, there were problems the Prime Minister recognised in trying to keep that promise every year and running the country from Arnhem Land. Do you think he'll be able to do it in the future?

Welfare flaws clear in Arnhem Land insight, The Australian

Last week history was made when Tony Abbott took the seat of government to Yolngu country in East Arnhem Land.

To spend time in an indigenous community is an enriching experience: theory becomes practice; statistics become people of flesh and blood; gallery pieces become living culture.

We saw the inspiring as well as the heartbreaking. Discussions were held with indigenous people over their strengths and gifts to our country, as well as the problems we have to solve together.

Transcript 2GB Sydney with Chris Smith

Topics: Forrest Review, Healthy Welfare Card

CHRIS SMITH: [introduction]

CHRIS SMITH: Alan, where did the idea for this review come from?

ALAN TUDGE: This was an election commitment of ours, to engage Andrew Forrest to provide us some advice as to how to get more Aboriginal people into work. Andrew was engaged because he’s had a terrific track record himself in his business, as well as has a great track record of engaging with Indigenous business.

Sky News lunchtime agenda, interview with Tom Connell

Topics: Legal action following counter-terrorism raids, Healthy Welfare Card, Stolen Generations compensation, budget.

TOM CONNELL: I’d like to start talking about the terror threat, but a bit of a different aspect. A family is taking legal action, we’ve seen today, after claiming they were brutally and unfairly targeted during the counter-terrorism raids we saw in Sydney last week.

Transcript 3AW Melbourne With Tom Elliott

TOM ELLIOTT: Andrew Forrest, good afternoon.

ANDREW FORREST: G'day sir.

TOM ELLIOTT: Now what have you done? You've done a report for the Government, you've got some radical ideas I believe. What are they? Tell us about them.

ANDREW FORREST: Look I don't think they're radical.  Let's just kick off with that.  New ideas become the accepted dogma because they make good and rational sense. They are ideas which are out to help every vulnerable Australian and in particular Indigenous Australians.

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