36 Facts About Alan Tudge


Alan Tudge was born on 24 February 1971 and is an Australian former politician.


Alan Tudge was a Liberal Party member of the House of Representatives between 2010 and 2023.


Alan Tudge was a cabinet minister in the Morrison government from 2019 to 2022.


Alan Tudge was elected to federal parliament in 2010, representing the Victorian seat of Aston.


Alan Tudge was a government minister from 2016 to 2022 under Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison, serving as Minister for Human Services, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, and Education and Youth.


Alan Tudge took leave from the ministry in 2021 following allegations of bullying from a former staffer with whom he had an extramarital affair.


Alan Tudge's parents were veterinarians who met at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and arrived in Australia as Ten Pound Poms.


Alan Tudge was born a British citizen by descent, but renounced his dual citizenship before standing for parliament in 2010.


Alan Tudge's mother was born in Scotland and his father in England, while his maternal grandfather was born in Canada.


Alan 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.


Alan Tudge attended a local primary school, then completed his secondary education at Haileybury, Melbourne, graduating in 1988.


Alan Tudge served as president of the Melbourne University Student Union, replacing Andrew Landeryou, in what he described as "the first time a non-Left president had won for many, many years".


Alan Tudge was one of seven Liberal MPs in the 46th Parliament of Australia who have obtained degrees at an Oxbridge or Ivy League university, the others being Josh Frydenberg, Angus Taylor, Andrew Laming, Dave Sharma, Greg Hunt and Paul Fletcher.


Alan Tudge worked as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group from 1996 to 2001.


Alan Tudge was initially based in Melbourne and later in New York, and during this time completed a Master of Business Administration at Harvard University.


Alan Tudge was seconded to indigenous leader Noel Pearson's Cape York Institute through Jawun, as the organisation's first corporate secondee.


In 2002, Alan Tudge became a senior adviser to federal education minister Brendan Nelson.


Alan Tudge later rejoined the Cape York Institute as deputy director from 2006 to 2009.


Alan Tudge was a founding board member of Teach For Australia, established in 2009 by his former BCG colleague Melodie Potts Rosevear.


Alan Tudge subsequently ran his own policy advisory firm from 2009 until his election to parliament.


Alan Tudge joined the Liberal Party in 2002 and was the convenor of its Education Policy Forum.


Alan Tudge retained Aston for the Liberals at the 2010 federal election, succeeding the retiring MP Chris Pearce.


Alan Tudge is a member of the National Right faction of the Liberal Party.


Alan Tudge was nonetheless retained as assistant minister to Turnbull and made an assistant minister to social services minister Christian Porter.


In February 2016 Alan Tudge was appointed Minister for Human Services in the Turnbull government.


Alan Tudge reportedly voted for Peter Dutton against Scott Morrison in the second vote.


Alan Tudge was retained in the First Morrison Ministry as Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population.


Alan 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.


The election marked the second time since Alan Tudge was elected that the Liberals sat in opposition.


Alan Tudge announced his forthcoming resignation in parliament on 9 February 2023, and submitted his resignation on 17 February 2023.


Alan Tudge, who was Acting Immigration Minister at the time, instantly appealed against the AAT's decision in the Federal Court, which failed.


Six months later, the Federal Court found that Alan Tudge had "engaged in conduct which can only be described as criminal" and had deprived the asylum seeker of his liberty, which prompted calls for Alan Tudge's resignation.


Alan Tudge subsequently released a statement on Facebook confirming the affair and that it led to the end of his marriage.


In March 2022, the review cleared Alan Tudge of breaking any rules.


Alan Tudge claimed that the decision was "in the interests of his family and his own well-being and in order to focus on his re-election as the Member for Aston".


However, it was confirmed in April 2022 that Alan Tudge had retained his ministerial title, but was officially "on leave".