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Alan Tudge is an Australian politician who has been Minister for Education and Youth in the Morrison Government since 2020. He is a member of the Liberal Party and has been a member of the House of Representatives since the 2010 federal election.
Alan Tudge was born on February 24, 1971 (age 51 years) in Pakenham, Victoria. His parents were veterinarians who met at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and arrived in Australia as Ten Pound Poms. He was born a British citizen by descent but renounced his dual citizenship before standing for parliament in 2010. His mother was born in Scotland and his father in England, while his maternal grandfather was born in Canada.
Tudge’s parents separated when he was around six years old, after which he was raised by his mother on a small farm near Pakenham. He attended a local primary school, then completed his secondary education at Haileybury, Melbourne, graduating in 1988. Tudge attended the University of Melbourne, completing the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons.). He served as president of the Melbourne University Student Union, replacing future left-wing activist Andrew Landeryou, in what he described as “the first time a non-Left president had won for many, many years”.
Prior to entering politics, Alan Tudge
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He was initially based in Melbourne and later in New York, and during this time completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Harvard University. He was also seconded to indigenous leader Noel Pearson’s Cape York Institute through Jawun, as the organisation’s first corporate secondee.
In 2002, Tudge became a senior adviser to federal education minister Brendan Nelson. He later worked for foreign minister Alexander Downer. Tudge later rejoined the Cape York Institute as deputy director from 2006 to 2009. He was a founding board member of Teach For Australia, established in 2009 by his former BCG colleague Melodie Potts Rosevear. He subsequently ran his own policy advisory firm from 2009 until his election to parliament.
Tudge joined the Liberal Party in 2002 and was the convenor of its Education Policy Forum. In September 2009, he won preselection for the Division of Aston as one of 11 candidates, defeating Neil Angus on the final ballot. He retained Aston for the Liberals at the 2010 federal election, succeeding the retiring MP Chris Pearce.
Following the 2013 federal election and the formation of the Abbott Ministry, Tudge was appointed as parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. On the day of the 2015 leadership spill which saw Abbott replaced by Malcolm Turnbull, he publicly described himself as “a very strong supporter of the prime minister”. He was nonetheless retained as assistant minister to Turnbull and also made an assistant minister to social services minister Christian Porter.
In February 2016 Tudge was appointed Minister for Human Services in the Turnbull Government. He oversaw the implementation of the Cashless Welfare Card, a scheme by which 80% of welfare payments are placed on a debit card. Following a cabinet reshuffle, Tudge was appointed Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs in December 2017.
During the 2018 Liberal leadership spills, he was one of a number of ministers to tender their resignation to Turnbull, however, his was not immediately accepted. He reportedly voted for Peter Dutton against Scott Morrison in the second vote.
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Tudge was retained in the First Morrison Ministry as Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population. He stated his support for a “Bigger Australia”. After the 2019 election, he was elevated to the cabinet. In December 2019 he was additionally appointed as the acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, due to David Coleman taking an indefinite leave.
In June 2017 Tudge, and Liberal Party colleagues Greg Hunt and Michael Sukkar, faced the possibility of being prosecuted for contempt of court after they made public statements criticising the sentencing decisions of two senior judges while the government was awaiting their ruling on a related appeal. They avoided prosecution by, eventually, making an unconditional apology to the Victorian Court of Appeal. A conviction could have resulted in their expulsion from the parliament under Constitution s 44(ii) and, as a result, the government losing its one-seat majority in the House of Representatives.
In March 2020, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ordered that an Afghan asylum seeker who had previously been a part of the Afghan National Army be granted a temporary protection visa. Tudge, who was Acting Immigration Minister at the time, instantly appealed the judgement of the AAT to federal court, which failed.
However, during the 6-day appeal process, the asylum seeker had been kept in the detention centre. Six months later, the Federal Court found that Tudge “engaged in conduct which can only be described as criminal,” and that Tudge had deprived the asylum seeker of his liberty, which has prompted calls for his resignation.
Affair and bullying allegations
In November 2020, Tudge’s former press secretary Rachelle Miller revealed on a broadcast of Four Corners that they had engaged in an affair. Tudge subsequently released a statement on Facebook confirming the affair and that it led to the end of his marriage.
In the same broadcast, Miller described Tudge’s opposition to same-sex marriage, based on his support for “traditional” marriage, as hypocritical. She later also accused him of bullying and intimidation, saying in a complaint “He would often ask me to go to dinner or drinks at the end of a long day on the road. I often felt like I didn’t have much choice or couldn’t say no because he was my boss”.
Alan Tudge is currently single. However, he was married to longtime partner Teri Etchells with he has three children. Tudge fathered three children with his ex-wife Teri Etchells. Their 20-year relationship ended in 2017, a year after the birth of their third child, as a result of Tudge’s extramarital affair.
Alan Tudge net worth
How much is Alan Tudge worth? Alan Tudge net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His salary is around $405,000. He is one of the influential politcians in Australia. However, Tudge was appointed Minister for Education and Youth in December 2020, replacing Dan Tehan as part of a cabinet reshuffle caused by the retirement of Mathias Cormann.