Mr TUDGE (Aston—Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister): The Social Security Legislation Amendment (Increased Employment Participation) Bill 2014 is an important bill because it is about one of the most important things that we can do as a parliament and as a government, and that is to help people get into work. I want to speak today specifically from the perspective of the portfolio that I am helping the Prime Minister with, and that is from an Indigenous employment perspective.
The Hon Alan Tudge MP
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.
In the indigenous employment figures released last month, one statistic stands out: only 30 per cent of working-age people in remote communities have a job. Among 17 to 24-year-olds, only 18 per cent are fully engaged in work or study. The government wants the people in remote communities to retain their attachment to country. But more need jobs for such communities to have greater independence and viability.
Mr Lee Webb – representing David McLachlan, President of the Victoria RSL
Mr Seyit M. Apak – Consul General of the Republic of Turkey
Members of state and federal parliaments, particularly former Premier Ted Baillieu and Robin Scott representing the Victorian Opposition Leader.
Other distinguished guests
I would like to begin by thanking Ramazan Altintas and the Turkish Sub-Branch of the Victorian RSL for hosting this dinner.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten last week outlined his vision for a modernised Labor Party in which trade unions would have diminished influence. Missing, however, was any mention of policy.
There was discussion about tweaking preselection rules and eligibility for membership. But the real tests are not the internal rules, but the daily positions the party takes. Labour could demonstrate its independence from militant trade unions today by announcing policy changes in three areas concerning union power that are currently before the Parliament.
- Mr Zhang Yun, Vice Chairman, Executive Director, President, Agricultural Bank of China
- His Excellency Ma Zhaoxu, China’s Ambassador to Australia
- The Hon Andrew Stoner, Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment, NSW
- Dr John Laker, Chairman, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
It is a pleasure to be here at the grand opening of the Sydney branch of the Agricultural Bank of China – one of the largest banks in the world.
Business and Indigenous leaders today gathered in Sydney to launch Spearhead Careers, a new recruitment organisation specialising in placing Indigenous people into managerial and professional roles.
Speaking at the launch in Sydney today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Alan Tudge, congratulated the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) on their initiative to establish Spearhead Careers, wholly owned by AES.
“Spearhead Careers will take Aboriginal people into professional, management and leadership positions,” Mr Tudge said.
Topics: Commission of Audit
RICHARD PERNO: With his short hand note pad and his pen ready is Alan Tudge, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, good morning.
ALAN TUDGE: Good morning Richard.
RICHARD PERNO: What do you do, 40 words per minute or what?
ALAN TUDGE: (Laughs) I’m pretty quick Richard.
RICHARD PERNO: This Commission of Audit is a heavy document isn’t it Alan?
Topics: Indigenous Employment, Racial Discrimination Act, Commission of Audit
Topics: Polling, budget, carbon tax, Indigenous Jobs and Training Review, political donations
LAURA JAYES: [introduction]
LAURA JAYES: Alan Tudge, this is a five-point drop in the primary vote, the worst polling numbers since 2011. This is before the budget is handed down, so with the warnings of a tough budget ahead, do you expect polling to get worse after Tuesday?
FRANCIS LEACH: Alan welcome.
ALAN TUDGE: G’day Francis.
FRANCIS LEACH: David Feeney is also here with us. He’s the Labor Member for Batman. David Feeney, welcome.
DAVID FEENEY: Thank you very much Francis.