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.


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

Launch of the Australia Post Reconciliation Action Plan, Australia Post Head Office, Melbourne


It is a pleasure to join you today, as part of National Reconciliation Week, for the launch of the third Australia Post Reconciliation Action Plan.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated between 27 May and 3 June.

For a long time I didn’t reflect on the fact that reconciliation week commemorates two important dates in Australian history.

Launch of the federation of victorian traditional owner corporation, Queens Hall, Parliament House Melbourne

Thank you so much Janine for that warm welcome. And to Aunty Di, thank you so much for your warm welcome. This is the second time I’ve seen you today, as we were both at the Richmond Football Club for lunch. To the traditional owners who are here, I pay my respects to you and the elders of the past, present and the future.

Sky News AM agenda transcript

Topics: drug testing, D-Day, carbon tax, higher education, Senate negotiation, GP co- payment.


KIERAN GILBERT: [introduction]

KIERAN GILBERT: First of all, Andrew Leigh, you’ve heard what the Minister had to say on drug testing and that’s not going to happen for dole recipients. He was pretty clear about that.

ABC Triple J hack program interview with tom tilley

Topics: Climate change, carbon tax, direct action; ski season.

TOM TILLEY: [introduction]


TOM TILLEY: Alan, I’ll go to you first. What do you make of the statement from the academic there, David Schlosberg from Sydney Uni, that Tony Abbott is plain wrong about other countries discarding ETS’ rather than adopting them.

ALAN TUDGE: You can look to at least three of the top ten countries. The United States, which is not proceeding with an ETS. Barack Obama…

The Australian, Welfare benefits a broad church

THE Australian Council of ­Social Services’ critique of the Abbott government’s “earn or learn” policy may be well-­intentioned, but it is misguided.

ACOSS fails to acknowledge that while the present system supports the vulnerable it also creates welfare dependence, just as destructive as income poverty, among thousands of capable people.

Noel Pearson has been the most articulate critic of passive welfare, in part because remote indigenous communities have suffered its consequences to the greatest extent. His argument is a moral one.

ABC Lateline program Friday forum with Emma Alberici and Jim Chalmers transcript

EMMA  ALBERICI, PRESENTER: Tony Abbott will be meeting with Clive Palmer next week in what's expected to be the beginning of budget negotiations.

So far the Government is holding firm on some of its most deeply unpopular measures including the paid parental leave scheme which is gathering opposition from within the Coalition's own ranks.

The Prime Minister is facing calls that his first budget sends conflicting messages about budget emergencies on the one hand while protecting his expensive pet projects on the other.