Tudge family values: $500K+ payout to minister’s former lover

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Australian taxpayers will pay out over $500,000 to a former lover of ‘technically’-still-a-minister Alan Tudge over accusations she was bullied while in his employ.

Traditional marriage

Tudge claimed during the marriage equality debate that same-sex marriage would weaken ‘traditional marriage’. He did not however disclose the state of his own ‘traditional marriage’ at the time. Specifically, his extra-marital affair with a young female advisor.

The ABC and Murdoch papers both reported this morning on a secret compensation payout to Tudge’s former lover. Rachelle Miller will receive a taxpayer-funded payout of over $500,000. The money is compensation for her treatment as a political staffer.

Tudge’s affair to cost taxpayer $1,000,000

The government will also pay Rachelle Miller’s legal fees, estimated to be a six-figure amount. The combined cost of the payout, legal fees and an inquiry into the affair will be approximately $1,000,000.

Tudge family values

In November 2020, Rachelle Miller told the ABC’s Four Corners that she and Tudge cheated on their respective partners in an affair they conducted that year. After the affair ended, Rachelle Miller stopped working in politics due to the pressure she felt because of the affair with her older boss.

Tudge’s former lover subsequently brought a workplace harassment suit against him and current Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash. She alleged bullying during her time as a senior media adviser to Tudge and while engaged in a consensual affair with him. She further claimed the bullying continued during her subsequent employment with Cash.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister confirmed this morning that Alan Tudge remains ‘technically’ a minister. Tudge previously stood aside when Morrison launched an investigation into Rachelle Miller’s claims that he was emotionally, and on one occasion physically, abusive towards her.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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