Alan Tudge is LICENSED for abusing Rachelle Miller

Minister who had a consensual affair with his aide is PERMITTED to abuse him – but quits until next election

  • Alan Tudge had an affair with his publicist Rachelle Miller in 2017
  • Ms Miller alleged that Mr Tudge was violent towards her, allegations he denied
  • Independent report said there was no evidence he breached standards










Education Minister Alan Tudge has resigned from the federal cabinet after stepping down as minister amid an investigation into allegations of abuse.

Mr Tudge’s former media adviser, Rachelle Miller, has alleged he was emotionally and, in one case, physically abusive towards her during the couple’s consensual affair.

Mr Tudge has denied any wrongdoing but told the Prime Minister he would not seek to return to the front bench ‘in the interest of his family and his own well-being and in order to focus on his re-election as MP for Aston”.

Mr Tudge is pictured with Rachelle Miller at the Parliament Winter Ball during their affair

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Dr Vivienne Thom, who investigated the allegations, found that the evidence from the investigation ‘does not support the conclusion that Mr Tudge’s conduct breached ministerial standards’.

Ms Miller did not participate in the inquiry, saying the process was flawed and the government ignored her concerns about the mandate.

Ms Miller said the minister repeatedly berated, bullied and belittled her, describing methods of coercive control.

On one occasion, she alleges Mr Tudge kicked her out of bed after her phone rang early one morning and he became frustrated that it woke him up, allegations which Mr. Tudge denied.

Both parties received a copy of the report.

Alan Tudge (pictured) has denied claims by his former staff member that their affair was sometimes abusive

Alan Tudge (pictured) has denied claims by his former staff member that their affair was sometimes abusive

Stuart Robert will continue in his role as acting Minister of Education.

In a statement, Mr Tudge said: ‘I welcome Dr Vivienne Thom’s report which concludes that none of Rachelle Miller’s allegations against me for alleged events in 2017 have been substantiated, and that there are no had no violations of departmental standards.

“This is the second investigation created at Ms Miller’s request and the second time the allegations have been dismissed.

“I deeply regret the consensual affair with Ms Miller in the second half of 2017 when we were both married with children and in our 40s. This should never have happened and it hurt our respective families. It caused the end of my marriage that year.

“Despite Dr Thom’s findings, given the impact of the allegations on my family and myself, I have asked not to be returned to the bench before the election. In the meantime, I will focus on my health, my children and my electorate.

“I won’t make any further comment.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison asked Mr Tudge to stand down after hearing the complaints

Prime Minister Scott Morrison asked Mr Tudge to stand down after hearing the complaints

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