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.

6PR Perth, interview with Gary Adshead

Gary Adshead: Thanks very much for your time Alan.

Alan Tudge: Good morning Gary.

Gary Adshead: How have you gone about choosing which communities, which people will be part of this trial?

Alan Tudge: We haven’t chosen the locations yet. We’ve been speaking to several community leaders across Australia but we’re going to be having further consultations over the weeks and months ahead before we determine the small handful of communities where we might trial it.

4BC Brisbane Interview with Ben Davis

Topics: cashless debit card trial E&OE…

Alan, how will this work, a cashless welfare card?

G'day Ben. In essence, the proposal is to have a visa debit card much like what's maybe in many of your listeners' pocket now, which you can use to spend on anything, anywhere but you simply will be blocked from purchasing alcohol or gambling with it. And because your cash will be limited, you of course will not be able to use your welfare to purchase drugs.

Give states revenue responsibility to improve efficiency

Sitting alongside the tax white paper is the development of the federation white paper. It may not get people as excited as tax changes, but federation reform could be equally far-reaching. This will be on the agenda for the Council of Australian Governments leaders meeting today.

There is a general recognition our federation isn't working as well as it could. More than 80 per cent have a negative view of its operation, according to the Australian Constitutional Values Survey.

3AW Drive Interview with Sally Cockburn

Topics: East West Link E&OE…

Alan, thank you for joining us.

G'day Sally.

I'm trying to get my head around this. $3 billion that we've got. We've taken over a company in Victoria and that's got a $3 billion asset which is actually a loan so it's a liability. And we've got $3 billion on the table from your federal government that we could use but we're not allowed to use for railway. We're only allowed to use it for roads.

Dalley Edition with Helen Dalley

Helen Dalley:
Alan Tudge hopefully you can hear me.

Alan Tudge:
I can just hear you now. Hi Helen.

Helen Dalley:
Oh hi there, I've just introduced you and given you a big wrap, but anyway we'll get straight into it!

The Government has moved seemingly 180 degrees away from the budget repair, repair the deficit stance of last year's budget to now be repeating the mantra of fairness and now spending. That's a giant about-face isn't it?

Transcript - Sky News AM Agenda - Interview with Kieran Gilbert


In the context of the Prime Minister’s comments this morning, I want to ask you about those focus groups that Fairfax is reporting. Mark Kenny in the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald today saying that essentially the focus groups came up with a response that they feel the Prime Minister and Treasurer had learnt their lesson from last year to this.

Is that a fair way to characterise it, do you think?