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.


The Hon Alan Tudge MP is the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister.

Sky News, Saturday Agenda Interview with David Lipson

I want to start with this letter that's been co-written by each of the Attorney's General throughout the states and territories- both Labor and Liberal and they are urging the Federal Attorney General to reverse the cuts to legal services that were made in last year's budget and guarantee that no further cuts will be made.

They've warned of a looming crisis in the legal sector, Alan Tudge.  Can you guarantee that there'll be no further cuts?

ABC Melbourne Interview with Jon Faine

JON FAINE: Alan Tudge is the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary. He’s the Member for- I think it’s Aston off the top of my head, is that right Alan Tudge according to you?

ALAN TUDGE: That is right Jon in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

JON FAINE: In the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne and he’s here to do what may well be a mopping up exercise I wonder, good morning to you Alan.

ALAN TUDGE: Good morning Jon.

Cut debt or face a Greek future

Chris Bowen has again sought to "inject some context into the budget debate" by comparing our relatively low debt levels with those of other countries, particularly European ones.

This is the constant argument from those who dismiss Australia's debt as a problem: debt levels in places such as Greece are well over 100 per cent of gross domestic product while in Australia they are 15 per cent.

ABC Melbourne Drive, Fight Club Interview with Rafael Epstein

Rafael Epstein: Alan Tudge I’ll start with you. A lot of the conversation is around the budget, the budget deficit. Do you accept responsibility for the fact that debt and deficit has increased while you’ve been in power?

Alan Tudge: The deficit hasn’t increased but the debt has. Now, the debt will continue to increase until we are back into a surplus. That’s just the basic mathematics…

Rafael Epstein: I thought the deficit got worse in the MYEFO statement by $10 billion to $40 billion. Isn’t that right?

Doorstop 4 Treasury Place, Melbourne

Alan Tudge: Last year Andrew Forrest delivered his "Creating Parity" report and one of the recommendations was to introduce a cashless debit card, to apply in certain high welfare communities which suffer from alcohol and drug abuse. We've been consulting on that recommendation for almost 12 months now, speaking to community leaders and speaking with financial institutions.

2UE Breakfast interview with John Stanley and Garry Linnell

John Stanley: Mr Tudge, good morning.

Alan Tudge: Good morning John.

Garry Linnell: Mr Tudge, why are you doing this?

Alan Tudge: We’re doing it because we know in many places that welfare is fuelling considerable harm, including violence and assaults against women and we think that there are better ways of delivering welfare and we want to trial that.

Garry Linnell: How are you going to apply it? Where are you going to trial it?

5AA Adelaide Interview with David, Mark and Jane

David Penberthy: If the federal government goes ahead with the trial, is it likely that it will be limited to Indigenous communities or would it be broader than that?

Alan Tudge: It would be broader than that. The proposal is not to limit it exclusively to Indigenous people but to cover communities where there is high welfare dependence and significant damage which is being done by alcohol fuelled violence and drugs.