PETER VAN ONSELEN: Let me just ask you first up. Yesterday the Prime Minister said that he had read the riot act to the Cabinet and that everyone was to stay on script. What is the script? Is the script a plebiscite or a referendum on same-sex marriage?
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.
Topics: Centrelink Cashless Debit Card, Cabinet, Government program, China Free Trade Agreement E&OE…
This morning I'll be introducing legislation for the trial of the Centrelink Cashless Debit Card. This trial will authorise up to 10,000 people to be covered.
Topics: Centrelink Cashless Debit Card trial, constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, Cabinet, Government program, Canning by-election
The concept is remarkably simple. Instead of placing all of a welfare recipient's payments into their cash account, instead we will place 80% of their payments into an account which is only accessible via a VISA or mastercard debit card.
That card will work everywhere, you can purchase anything but it will exclude the purchasing of alcohol and gambling.
Topics: Indigenous constitutional recognition, same-sex marriage, Government priorities, Government's achievements, Canning by-election, Victorian Liberal Party.
Alan Tudge, good afternoon.
Firstly the indigenous leaders meeting with the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, they seem a lot happier. Do you think it's back on track?
ALAN TUDGE: This is an election commitment of his Tracey which he is honouring. It’s important also for the Prime Minister, myself, the other ministers to be out in the remote areas so that we can learn about that area, understand some of the issues better and speak to local people.
I think that’s a good thing. Through us, of course, it puts the nation’s focus on these areas for a few days as well which I also think is a good thing.
KIERAN GILBERT: Mr Tudge thanks very much for your time. I know that you’ve been travelling with the Prime Minister. You’re heading back to one of the more remote islands in the Torres Strait later today. Can you give us a sense of the state of the Indigenous culture on the Torres Strait islands and the living conditions? Give us a sense of what you’ve seen over the last few days.
Topics: cashless debit card
BEN FORDHAM: Alan Tudge, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister is helping roll out this card, he’s on the line, good afternoon Alan.
ALAN TUDGE: Good afternoon Ben.
BEN FORDHAM: So pornography and smokes are OK to buy on the Healthy Welfare Card?
ALAN TUDGE: Yes. The ambition of the card is to reduce the welfare fuelled alcohol and drug abuse which causes so much havoc in some welfare communities. That’s our sole focus of this card.
Topics: Dyson Heydon, Royal Commission, Cabinet, Prime Minister’s trip to the Torres Strait
RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Alan Tudge, good afternoon.
ALAN TUDGE: G'day Raf.
RAFAEL EPSTEIN: I presume you’re happy. Dyson Heydon issue over, charge on?
Topics: Labor’s bank deposit tax
PETER VAN ONSELEN: Thanks very much for being there.
ALAN TUDGE: G’day Peter.
PETER VAN ONSELEN: Appreciate your patience. Let me get your reaction to this. Why call it "Labor’s bank deposit tax" where Joe Hockey, alongside the Labor Party as a follow up to the Labor Party in April this year, said that he was looking at including the bank deposit tax in the May Budget?
The overwhelming feeling from the Prime Minister’s visit to indigenous communities late last month was optimism. That the tide may be turning and conditions slowly but steadily improving. In the seemingly intractable area of remote indigenous disadvantage, have we turned the corner?