Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told Parliament on its final sitting day that Education Minister Alan Tudge has stood aside pending investigations into his affair with former Liberal staffer Rachelle Miller.
Ms Miller, who previously worked as a senior media adviser, made a statement today alleging Mr Tudge had been “abusive” during their 2017 relationship. The Prime Minister has said there will be an investigation into Ms Miller’s allegations and, in the mean time, Mr Tudge will stand down from his role as Education Minister.
Mr Tudge worked as Minister for Human Services at the time of his relationship with the ex-staffer. He has occupied his current role since 2020.
To read the full allegations laid out by Ms Miller this morning, read our coverage here.
“I have discussed Ms Miller’s statement with Mr Tudge, who refuted the allegations made,” Mr Morrison told Parliament.
“Given the seriousness of the claims made by Ms Miller, it’s important these matters be resolved fairly and expeditiously.
“To this end, the minister has agreed to my request to stand aside while these issues are addressed by my department, through an independent and fair process, to ensure that the matters that have been raised can be properly assessed and the views put by the respective parties in relation to these issues.”
Mr Tudge has denied Ms Miller’s recollections of their relationship.
While the investigation takes place, Stuart Robert will take on the role for Minister for Education and Youth. Mr Robert is currently appointed as Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, and Small Family Business.