Alan Tudge

Alan Tudge (born 24 February 1971) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2010, representing the Division of Aston for the Liberal Party. He has been a government minister since 2016, serving as Minister for Human Services (2016–2017), Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs (2017–2018), and Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure (2018–present). He was promoted to Cabinet after the 2019 federal election. On 13 December 2019, Tudge was appointed the acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs.[1]


Alan Tudge

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Tudge in 2018
Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure
Assumed office
28 August 2018
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byPaul Fletcher
Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
In office
20 December 2017 – 28 August 2018
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Scott Morrison
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byDavid Coleman
Minister for Human Services
In office
18 February 2016 – 20 December 2017
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded byStuart Robert
Succeeded byMichael Keenan
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Aston
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded byChris Pearce
Personal details
Born (1971-02-24) 24 February 1971 (age 49)
Pakenham, Victoria, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Teri Etchells
Children3
Alma mater

Early years and backgroundEdit

Tudge was born in Pakenham, Victoria, an outer suburb of Melbourne. 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.[2] Tudge was educated at Haileybury before attending the University of Melbourne, where he completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts; he subsequently completed a Master of Business Administration at Harvard University. Following a period as a consultant with Boston Consulting Group, he became an adviser on Education and Foreign Affairs to the Howard Government; he subsequently ran his own policy advisory firm.[3]

He supports North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL team. In 2001, during his time at Boston Consulting Group, Tudge was a secondee in an organisation in Cape York, placed through Jawun.[4][5]

Political careerEdit

Tudge succeeded Liberal MP Chris Pearce as Member for Aston, who retired from politics, at the 2010 federal election.[6] Following the 2013 federal election and the formation of the Abbott Ministry, Tudge was appointed as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. In February 2016 Tudge was sworn in as the Minister for Human Services in the Turnbull Government.[7]

As Human Services Minister, in 2016–17 Tudge oversaw the implementing of the Cashless Welfare Card, a scheme by which is 80% of welfare payments goes into the Card.[8][9]

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.[10][11] They avoided prosecution by, eventually, making an unconditional apology to the Victorian Court of Appeal.[12][13][14] 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.

As Minister for Population Tudge has said he supports a "Bigger Australia.[15]

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,[1] 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.[16][17][18]

Election resultsEdit

Election results – Alan Tudge
Election Share of first-preference vote Share of two-party-preferred vote Notes
2010 federal election 46% 51% [19]
2013 federal election 51% 58% [19]
2016 federal election 50% 58% [19]
2019 federal election 55% 60%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Our Ministers". Department of Home Affairs. 10 July 2020. Archived from the original on 10 July 2020. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  2. ^ Citizenship Register – 45th Parliament
  3. ^ Green, Antony (2010). "Aston". 2010 Federal Election. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  4. ^ Martin, Sarah (16 June 2015). "Noel Pearson says government has work to do with indigenous". The Australian. News Corp.
  5. ^ Tudge, Alan (16 June 2015). Jawun 15th Anniversary Celebration Dinner (Speech). Jawun's 15th anniversary celebration. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Archived from the original on 23 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Aston". Virtual Tally Room. Australian Electoral Commission. 24 August 2010. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Ministerial Swearing-in Ceremony". Events. Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 18 February 2016. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  8. ^ Laschon, Eliza (1 September 2018). "Goldfields to get cashless welfare card after report finds drinking, drug use down". Australia: ABC News. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  9. ^ Remeikis, Amy (1 September 2017). "Government claims cashless welfare card a success, names WA Goldfields as third trial site". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Greg Hunt, Alan Tudge, Michael Sukkar face contempt charge". Financial Review. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  11. ^ Hutchens, Gareth (14 June 2017). "Greg Hunt declines to say if he'll be in court for hearing over potential contempt charges". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  12. ^ Wahlquist, Calla (23 June 2017). "Coalition ministers will not face contempt charges after court accepts apology". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  13. ^ Bucci, Nino; Massola, James (23 June 2017). "Ministers escape contempt charges after 'unconditional apology' to Supreme Court". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  14. ^ "An Executive and Judicial tussle: Is this healthy for our democracy?". Constitution Education Fund Australia. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  15. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/alan-tudge-backs-a-bigger-australia-as-he-eyes-the-demon-of-population-policy-20180901-p5015x.html
  16. ^ Doran, Matthew (23 September 2020). "Judge accuses Immigration Minister Alan Tudge of criminal conduct in immigration case". ABC News. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  17. ^ Stayner, Tom (23 September 2020). "Judge says Alan Tudge engaged in 'criminal' conduct while preventing aslyum seeker's release". SBS News. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  18. ^ Maiden, Samantha (23 September 2020). "Scott Morrison faces pressure to sack Alan Tudge after scathing Federal Court decision". news.com.au. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  19. ^ a b c "2010 Official Election Results". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 November 2011.

External linksEdit

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Chris Pearce
Member for Aston
2010–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Stuart Robert
Minister for Human Services
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Michael Keenan
New ministerial post Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
2017–present
Incumbent