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.

Transcript - Doors, Canberra

ALAN TUDGE: This morning the Senate will be tabling its report into the Welfare Debit Card legislation. And the debate on that legislation in the Senate will occur shortly afterwards.

Last Friday, the Labor Party sent a letter to me outlining a series of concerns in relation to the legislation and they asked for those concerns to be addressed before they could support it.

Yesterday I sent them this 26 page document which goes through in intricate detail the response to each of their concerns.

Senate Inquiry recommends Welfare Debit card be passed

The Senate Community Affairs Committee has recommended that the Welfare Debit Card legislation be passed.

I welcome this recommendation and ask that Labor now support the legislation.

The Committee also noted that the Government has consulted 'widely' to ensure the trial has significant support and that the Government will develop a tailored support package to ensure services are provided to meet community needs.

Welfare Debit Card Legislation Passes Senate

Today the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015, passed the Senate.

This is a watershed moment in how we deliver welfare.

The Government was joined by the crossbenchers and the Labor Party in passing the legislation.

Passage of the legislation means that in up to three communities, 80 per cent of a person’s social security payments will be placed into a recipient's Welfare Debit Card account. The remaining 20 per cent cash will be placed into a recipient's existing bank account.

ABC Perth Interview with John McGlue

JOHN MCGLUE:   Your legislation is being debated in the Senate today and even if it gets through, you have this hitch with Halls Creek which is one of your target trial sites. Why do you think it is you haven’t been able to convince the people there of the merits of your scheme?

ALAN TUDGE:   John you’re right, the legislation is being debated in the Senate as we speak and we are hopeful that it will pass in the next hour or so. From there we’ll be making decisions as to where we do trial it.

Transcript - 2GB Sydney Interview with Steve Price and Andrew Bolt

STEVE PRICE: Evening to you Minister.

ALAN TUDGE: G’day Steve.

ANDREW BOLT: Alan, this is a really interesting proposal. You get your welfare card if you’re on benefits. You’re not going to get your benefits paid out in cash, it’s got to be on a card and we can programme that card so you can’t go and blow it on smokes and booze when you’ve got a crying child hungry in the cot.

ALAN TUDGE: Correct.

ANDREW BOLT: Can you tell me who this would apply to now?

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