Alan Tudge Biography, Career And Early Life
Alan Tudge is an Australian politician who was born on February 24, 1971 in Pakeham, Victoria in Australia.
His parents, who met at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and immigrated to Australia as Ten Pound Poms, were veterinarians. While his maternal grandfather was born in Canada, his mother was born in Scotland whiles his father was born in England.
When Tudge’s parents divorced when he was about six years old, his mother took on the responsibility of raising him on a tiny farm close to Pakenham. Despite being of British origin and having been born in the country, he gave up his dual citizenship before running for office in 2010.
He attended a neighborhood elementary school before completing his senior education at Haileybury, Melbourne, where he received his diploma in 1988. Tudge attended the University of Melbourne and earned bachelor’s degrees in both arts and law there (Hons.).
In what he characterized as the first time a non-Left president had won in many, many years, he took over as president of the Melbourne University Student Union, succeeding Andrew Landeryou.
Tudge was one of seven Liberal MPs who earned degrees from Oxbridge or Ivy League schools during the 46th Australian Parliament, the others being Josh Frydenberg, Angus Taylor, Andrew Laming, Dave Sharma, Greg Hunt, and Paul Fletcher. Tudge graduated from Harvard University with an MBA.
Alan Tudge Nationality
Tudge was born in Pakeman, Victoria in Australia. Even though his mother was born in Scotland and his father in England, Tudge has been identified as an Australian.
Alan Tudge Age
Tudge was born on February 24th, 1971, hence he is currently 52 years of age.
Alan Tudge Education
Tudge attended a local primary school, then completed his secondary education at Haileybury, Melbourne, graduating in 1988. He also enrolled in the University of Melbourne where he completed the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons.). He also obtained an MBA at Harvard University.
Alan Tudge Career
Tudge became a member of the Liberal Party in 2002 and served as the forum’s convener for education policy. He defeated Neil Angus on the final ballot to win preselection for the Division of Aston in September 2009 out of a field of 11 candidates.
At the 2010 federal election, he succeeded retiring MP Chris Pearce and kept Aston for the Liberals. Tudge is a part of the Liberal Party’s National Right wing.
Tudge was chosen to serve as Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s parliamentary secretary following the 2013 federal election and the establishment of the Abbott Ministry. He publicly identified himself as “a very strong supporter of the prime minister” on the day of the 2015 leadership change that saw Abbott replaced by Malcolm Turnbull.
Nevertheless, he was kept on as Christian Porter’s assistant minister for social services and Turnbull’s assistant minister.
Tudge joined the Turnbull administration as the minister of human services in February 2016. He led the rollout of the Cashless Assistance Card, a program that transfers 80% of welfare payments to debit cards.
He was one of several ministers who submitted their resignation to Turnbull during the 2018 Liberal leadership contests; however, his was not accepted right away.
Tudge continued to serve as Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure, and Population in the First Morrison Ministry. He declared that he was in favor of a “Bigger Australia.” He received a promotion to the government following the 2019 election.
Due to David Coleman taking an indefinite leave of absence, he was also named as acting minister for immigration, citizenship, migrant services, and multicultural affairs in December 2019.
In December 2020, Tudge was named Minister for Education and Youth, succeeding Dan Tehan as part of a cabinet move brought on by Mathias Cormann’s retirement.
Scott Morrison, the prime minister, and the LNP lost the 2022 Australian federal election. Tudge lost the election by a 7-point margin, but he was still able to retain the seat by 5 points.
The Liberals stood in opposition following the election for the second time since Tudge’s election. Tudge was appointed as the Shadow Minister of Education in the Shadow Cabinet after the election under Peter Dutton’s leadership, however, he is presently in exile because of the ongoing investigation into the Robodebt program.
Is Alan Tudge Still An MP
The Victorian MP and former cabinet minister Alan Tudge confirmed on February 9, 2023 he will resign from federal parliament next week.
He told parliament Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has been aware of his intention to resign since the death of his father last month.
“It’s not been an easy decision for me, but it is necessary for my health and for my family, amongst other reasons. I certainly have not taken this decision lightly,” he said.
Alan Tudge Family & Siblings
His parents, who met at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and immigrated to Australia as Ten Pound Poms, were veterinarians. While his maternal grandfather was born in Canada, his mother was born in Scotland whiles his father was born in England. We have no details about his siblings.
Alan Tudge Wife
Tudge was married to Teri Etchells. They were married to 20 years until they separated in 2017 due to Tudge’s extramarital affairs.
Alan Tudge Children
Tudge has three children with his wife.
Alan Tudge Net Worth
Alan Tudge net worth is estimated to be around $5million as of February 2023.
Is Alan Tudge Married
Alan Tudge is currently not married but he married Teri Etchells in 2003 and divorced in 2017.