Side minister Alan Tudge has his lips tight as he attends the citizenship ceremony

Leaving the building later Saturday afternoon, Tudge again refused to stop to answer questions, saying instead, “It was a big ceremony with 130 people becoming citizens, which was lovely, and I will now go to see my father who is in an infirmary.”

Tudge walked away from the firm in December after his former lover and staffer Rachelle Miller accused him of being emotionally abusive and at one point physically abusive. He denied the allegations, and two investigations did not result in findings against him.

Tudge pointed out that an initial investigation by law firm Sparke Helmore made “no adverse findings” against him. The second inquest found there was insufficient evidence to support a conclusion, but Tudge said he was not looking to return to the front lines during this parliamentary term, instead focusing on his health, family and his electorate.

Alan Tudge leaving the citizenship ceremony at the Knox Civic Center on Saturday.

Alan Tudge leaving the citizenship ceremony at the Knox Civic Center on Saturday. Credit:Luis Ascui

During the final leaders’ debate last week, broadcast on Channel Seven, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was asked about the status of Alan Tudge, who stepped down as Minister for Education at the end of the last year. Morrison said he remains a minister and will return to the portfolio after the election.

Friday, Jhe guardian published an interview circulating on WeChat of Tudge speaking out against ‘toxic gender ideology’ and assured young migrant families they knew what his ‘views were as Education Minister’.

The video is uploaded by Au Life Life, an account run by one of Chisholm Liberal MP Gladys Liu’s volunteers. A Chinese-Australian man in the video, identified as Marcus, said families were worried about falling NAPLAN standards, “toxic gender ideology” and “the woke thing”.

He praised Tudge for “defending” the education system against the infiltration of gender ideology and woke culture.

“Thank you so much Marcus, that’s very kind of you,” Tudge said.

“Our standards have gone down so I am keen to ensure that Australia is back among the best countries in the world when it comes to education standards. But also the values ​​that are transmitted through our school system reflect Australia’s dominant values.

The man in the video asked Tudge what young families can do to “save and protect” education. The MP for Aston responded that parents should pay close attention to what their children are taught and, if they have concerns about education standards, bring them up.

“The second thing would be to choose your school carefully, different schools have different values ​​that are passed down, and it should reflect the values ​​you hold dear in your own family,” Tudge said.

“And maybe thirdly, I would say, and with an election coming up, think carefully about who you are going to vote for. Certain political parties, my political party, the Liberal Party, you know what my opinions are as Minister of Education. Understand the views of other political parties as they are not always the same.

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