Alan Tudge

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The Honourable
Alan Tudge
Minister for Human Services
Assumed office
18 February 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Stuart Robert
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Aston
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded by Chris Pearce
Personal details
Born (1971-02-24) 24 February 1971 (age 46)
Douglas, Isle of Man
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Teri Etchells
Children 3
Alma mater

Alan Tudge (born 24 February 1971), an Australian politician, is a member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Aston representing the Liberal Party of Australia.[1] He succeeded Liberal MP Chris Pearce, who retired from politics, at the 2010 federal election. 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.[2]

Early years and background[edit]

Tudge was educated at Haileybury, Melbourne before attending the University of Melbourne, where he completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts; he subsequently completed a Masters 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]

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 career[edit]

in 2016/17 as Human Services Minister Tudge has Overseen the implementing of the Cashless Welfare Card. Which is 80% of welfare payments goes into the Card.[6] [7]

In June 2017 Tudge, 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.[8][9] They avoided prosecution by, eventually, making an unconditional apology to the Victorian Court of Appeal.[10][11][12] 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.

Election results – Alan Tudge
Election Share of first-preference vote Share of two-party-preferred vote Notes
2010 federal election 46% 51% [13]
2013 federal election 51% 58% [13]
2016 federal election 50% 58% [13]


  1. ^ "Aston". Virtual Tally Room. Australian Electoral Commission. 24 August 2010. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ministerial Swearing-in Ceremony". Events. Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Green, Antony (2010). "Aston". 2010 Federal Election. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on August 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  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. 
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  8. ^ "Greg Hunt, Alan Tudge, Michael Sukkar face contempt charge". Financial Review. 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  9. ^ Hutchens, Gareth (2017-06-14). "Greg Hunt declines to say if he'll be in court for hearing over potential contempt charges". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  10. ^ Wahlquist, Calla (23 June 2017). "Coalition ministers will not face contempt charges after court accepts apology". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Bucci, Nino; Massola, James (23 June 2017). "Ministers escape contempt charges after 'unconditional apology' to Supreme Court". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "An Executive and Judicial tussle: Is this healthy for our democracy?". Constitution Education Fund Australia. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c "2010 Official Election Results". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Chris Pearce
Member for Aston
Political offices
Preceded by
Stuart Robert
Minister for Human Services