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.

ABC Perth Interview With John McGlue

JOHN MCGLUE: When does it start and what does it mean for the people of Kununurra and Wyndham who receive welfare payments right now?

ALAN TUDGE: This is due to start next March or April and what it will mean is that instead of those people receiving all of their welfare payments into their ordinary bank account with which you can access cash, instead 80 per cent will only be accessible via an ordinary visa debit card.

Doorstop, Kununurra WA

Topics: Welfare Debit Cardtrial in East Kimberley

ALAN TUDGE:
I'm very pleased to be here joined by my federal colleague Melissa Price as well as Terry Redman, the State Minister and some of the Indigenous leaders including Jean here from Wyndham.

Today we're announcing that Kununurra and Wyndham will be the second trial site for the Welfare Debit Card. It won't just be the card, but it will also be a package of reforms which will be introduced from March to April from next year.

SKY News, The Dalley Edition Interview with Helen Dalley

HELEN DALLEY:
Another tranche of the anti-terror legislation, the national security legislation, which strips dual nationals of their Australian citizenship. Will that be passed this week with Labor’s support?

ALAN TUDGE:
It will be. This is a very important piece of legislation because what it will do is cancel the citizenship of dual nationals who engage in terrorist activities or support terrorists.

ABC Melbourne, Fight Club Interview with Rafael Epstein

Topics: Leadership, Mal Brough, growth figures, climate change

RAF EPSTEIN: Leader of the party and the country for six years and what do you get remembered for? A terrible rendition of Suspicious Minds. That is Tony Abbott, the former Prime Minister at the National’s Christmas drinks this week, covering Suspicious Minds. On Fight Club today, your karaoke-ists gearing up their vocal chords, microphones in hand, they are flipping through the rolodex of songs, Alan Tudge, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Member for Aston with the John Travolta suit. Alan, welcome.

Speech at the Victorian Traditional Owner Procurement Conference

Earlier this year, back in May, leaders of the corporate and indigenous community gathered at Darling Harbour for the Supply Nation Gala dinner which recognises indigenous entrepreneurship across the nation.

I wish the night could be attended by all Australians because it shows the extraordinary, but typically unheralded, work that indigenous business people have done in building businesses, creating wealth and employing others. The glamorous black-tie evening is the opposite of the negative images that are so frequently associated with indigenous people.

Opinion Piece - The Herald Sun - Like smoking, We can stamp out ice addiction

It is a little known fact that Australia has one of the lowest smoking rates in the world, but one of the highest rates of illicit drug use.

Worse, among men in their 20s, one in 30 took the destructive drug ice last year — and the numbers continue to grow.

I believe drug-taking is a cultural issue more than anything else. It is now almost socially unacceptable to smoke, but taking illicit drugs has become an ordinary part of the social lives of many young people.

More funding for Mental Health services to help children and young people

The Australian Government is putting an additional $17 million towards Family Mental Health Support Services (FMHSS) to assist families with children and young people who are at risk of, or affected by, mental illness.

The new funding includes $8.4 million to provide a 12-month extension to the contracts of 22 FMHSS providers who work with families across Australia to 30 June 2017.

An additional $9 million over two years will also be provided to boost services to support humanitarian refugees.

PVO Newshour - interview with Peter Van Onselen

PETER VAN ONSELEN:
Thanks very much for your company.
ALAN TUDGE:
G’day Peter.
PETER VAN ONSELEN:
Let me ask you off the top about MYEFO if I can. My argument is that you guys are as bad as each other. Labor blew the budget, we were all horrified when they were in government. You would have been horrified, I was, Peter Costello certainly was. I reckon Peter Costello would be as horrified with you lot now because more than two years on, it doesn’t really look like anything has really changed.

Joint Doorstop with Rick Wilson MP Leonora, Western Australia

Topics: Welfare debit card

JOURNALIST:

Mr Tudge, can you just tell us what you are doing here in Leonora today?

ALAN TUDGE:

I came here at the invitation of Rick, to speak with some of the community leaders here from Leonora and Laverton about a potential reform which we might introduce. That is, the introduction of what would be a visa debit card which would apply to welfare recipients.

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