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.

Additional appointment as Assistant Minister for Social Services

I am honoured to be appointed as the Assistant Minister for Social Services in the Turnbull Government. This afternoon I was sworn in by the Governor General to this position.

This appointment to the Social Services portfolio is in addition to my ongoing responsibilities as Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister.

The Department of Social Services manages approximately one-third of the federal budget.

I look forward to working with the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, in reforming our welfare system.

3AW Drive - Interview with Nick McCallum

NICK MCCALLUM: So Mr Tudge, you were speaking to Tom on Friday and you didn't know what your fate would be. When did you get the call and how relieved were you when you got it?

ALAN TUDGE: Nick, I got a phone call from Prime Minister Turnbull on Sunday and he asked me to continue to serve in his Government as his Assistant Minister directly reporting to him. Of course I accepted that role.

Sky News AM Agenda - Interview with Kieran Gilbert

KIERAN GILBERT: Alan Tudge, thanks for your time. Your reaction to these latest raids in Sydney?

ALAN TUDGE: Good morning Kieran. Yes it’s an incredible development what has occurred this morning. I understand there are about 200 police who have been involved and there’s been very good cooperation between state and federal agencies as there often is.

I have great confidence in the police forces and they will be undertaking these raids for very good reasons and I hope that it leads to ultimately a safer community.

Towards a Better Federation - Speech at the Centre for Independent Studies

Federation reform is not yet a ‘barbeque stopper’ and perhaps never will be.

However the way we distribute responsibilities between various levels of government makes a profound difference to productivity, service quality and the overall well-being of our nation.

While we have a good federation that has served us well since 1901, the opportunity is to have a great one.

A great federation could underpin an economy aiming for growth, productivity, adaptability and innovation.

ABC774 Drive ‘Fight Club’ Interview with Rafael Epstein

RAFAEL EPSTEIN:  Alan Tudge joins us. He was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. He now is the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister. He is also the Assistant Minister for Social Services and the Member for Aston in Melbourne. Is that right Alan? You were Parliamentary Secretary and you’re now Assistant Minister?

ALAN TUDGE:  That’s exactly right Raf.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN:  Same rank, different title?

ALAN TUDGE:  Basically.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN:  Same pay grade?

Additional services for Ceduna as part of welfare card trial

An extra million dollars of funding will be invested to build on existing Australian Government services in and around Ceduna as the community prepares to trial a cashless debit card for welfare payments.

The support package announced today complements existing services and together represents a comprehensive response to address addiction, help people reduce their dependence on alcohol or drugs, and have better financial management practices.

The package has been designed in conjunction with the community leadership group and includes:

Raising the status of teaching - Speech at the Teach for Australia TransformED conference

INTRODUCTION

Acknowledgements

It’s a pleasure to join you today for your TransformEd Conference on behalf of the new Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham.

I am so pleased to be here for two reasons.

First, because the organisation hosting it is one with which I have a strong affinity, and is making an important contribution to improving the quality of education in Australia.

Labor must support welfare debit card legislation in Senate

Last Friday, the Labor Party asked for six issues to be addressed to secure their support in the Senate on Monday for the welfare debit card legislation.

Today, I have responded to each issue in a detailed 26 page document.

The Bill authorising the debit card trial in up to three locations passed through the House of Representatives earlier this year without dissent.

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