Biography

Alan Tudge was elected to the Federal Parliament in the seat of Aston in Melbourne’s outer east in 2010 and re-elected in 2013 and 2016. Since August 2018, he has been the Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population.

He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister following the 2013 election under the Abbott government and entered the full ministry in early 2016 as the Minister for Human Services. In that role he was responsible for introducing the “cashless welfare card”, recouping billions of dollars in welfare over-payments, and assisted with getting welfare expenditure growth back to a sustainable rate. He also oversaw important reforms to the online gambling sector.

In December 2017, he was appointed Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. In this role, he led the case for improved English language capabilities of newly arrived migrants, adoption of Australian values, and greater distribution of migration patterns. He also introduced the Global Talent Scheme visa to better attract global talent.

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 development of a large welfare reform agenda which included the introduction of conditional welfare payments and a sharper focus on home ownership and improved education.

He has been involved with multiple community organisations, including being one of the co-founders of “Teach for Australia”, a national non-profit which targets top graduates from non-teacher faculties and fast-tracks them into teaching in disadvantaged schools.

Alan and his family are actively involved in their local community of Knox, including as Patron for the Knox Cancer Council Relay for Life, local church, and honorary Rotarian. He is a proud supporter and sponsor of numerous local sporting clubs and other non-profits. (As well as a proud North Melbourne supporter!)

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 labouring, and bar work.

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.

From Alan

Today we have lost one of Australia’s finest with the passing of Tim Fischer AC. Tim was a giant of The National Party, he was a giant of Australia, but more than that, he was a champion for regional and rural communities. Regional Australia had no better friend than Tim. He was a proud Australian who embodied the very best qualities of loyalty, kindness, empathy, courage and humility. He loved Australia as much as Australians loved him and that passion for his country was evident throughout his life and career. There are few people who have had the impact on The National Party and indeed this great nation as Tim Fischer AC. His presence was felt in every room he entered and his name and legacy will continue to benefit those who choose regional and rural Australia as their home. My heartfelt thoughts are with Tim’s wife Judy, sons Harrison and Dominic and his many friends across Australia. The man from Boree Creek will be sorely missed. Vale Tim Fischer AC.

Aug 22

Vale the Hon Tim Fischer AC The Nationals family and our nation have today lost a truly great Australian with the very sad passing of the Hon Tim Fischer AC. Tim Fischer was a soldier, a farmer, a politician, a leader, an ambassador, an author, a husband, a father and above all a person of great dignity and honour. He personified the true Australian spirit. A spirit he espoused right to the end. We pay great tribute and honour to Tim Fischer’s life of service to our nation – from battlefields on foreign lands to the halls of the Commonwealth Parliament – he was an outstanding, dedicated and remarkable Australian. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Tim’s wife Judy and two children Harrison and Dominic at this very sad time.

Aug 22

Tim Fischer was a dear friend. Jenny and I are deeply saddened by Tim’s passing. Tim Fischer was a big Australian in every sense of the word. Big in stature, big in his belief, big in his passion, big in his vision for what Australians could achieve and big in his view of Australia’s place in the world. As a result, Tim Fischer will forever cast a big shadow on our nation. Jenny and my thoughts and those of our entire nation are with Tim’s wife Judy, their sons Harrison and Dominic and his extended family and many friends. Thank you Tim, we loved you very much.

Aug 22

Great to catch up with Kochie at Sunrise to chat about Australia’s future - I want Australians to have as much control over their future as possible; to be free to be who they are and make their own way. + My take on balancing work and precious family time, our plan for a cleaner world and a recycling system that actually works, and some of the issues that keep me up at night.

Aug 21