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Alan Tudge denies claims he was ‘abusive’ during extramarital affair with media adviser #englishheadline #Alan #Tudge #denies #claims #abusive #extramarital #affair #media #adviser

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Ms Miller gave a public statement to the media at Parliament House, where she detailed the impact of what she alleged to be an “abusive” relationship. Mr Tudge has rejected Ms Miller’s claims.

Both Mr Tudge and Ms Miller – his former press secretary – have previously admitted to having an extramarital affair together in 2017.

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Ms Miller described the relationship as based on a “significant power imbalance”, which she said had been “emotionally and one occasion physically abusive”.

“When I finally stood up to him and asked him to stop treating me so badly, he told me to stop being such a precious petal that happened in this building in his office,” she said.

She recalled how during a work trip to Kalgoorlie with then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Tudge had encouraged her to get a drink at the bar where the pair “drank a lot until very late” in the evening.

Ms Miller said she later woke up – naked in a bed with Mr Tudge – to a 4am phone call, where she alleged he began kicking her on the side of the leg telling her to “get the f*** out” until she “fell off” onto the floor.

“I felt someone kicking me on the side of my hip and leg. As I tried to sit up in bed. It was the minister he was furious, telling me to get the f*** out of his bed,” she said.

“Then I realised I was completely naked. He continued to kick me until I fell off the side of the bed and ended up on the floor. He was yelling at me that my phone had woken him up.” 

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Mr Tudge – the current minister for education and youth – has responded with a statement denying Ms Miller’s claims.

“I completely and utterly reject Ms Miller’s version of events,” the statement said. 

“Ms Miller and I had a consensual affair in 2017 as both of us have publicly acknowledged. This is something I deeply regret.”

Ms Miller first told her story a year ago on the ABC’s Four Corners admitting she had a sexual relationship with her boss.

Mr Tudge publicly addressed the affair following the program, telling the ABC he regretted his “actions immensely and the hurt it caused my family. I also regret the hurt that Ms Miller has experienced”.

Ms Miller said the relationship with Mr Tudge had left her “ashamed, humiliated, scared and exhausted.”

“I woke up every morning anxious and terrified about what was going to happen to me every day,” she said.

Her public statement comes after the Tuesday release of a damning report into the culture of parliamentary workplaces, conducted by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins.

Ms Miller said despite the claims from Prime Minister Scott Morrison that he was “willing to hear our experiences” through this inquiry, “his actions have portrayed that he’s not.” 

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She called on Mr Morrison to immediately commit to the 28 recommendations outlined in Ms Jenkins’ review, as well as take action to hold male parliamentarians to account for their “unacceptable behaviour”.

“I’m here because the government will not listen,” she said.

“I’m not here because I want to be but because speaking through the media is the only way that this government will listen.”

Ms Miller said she had chosen to speak out in an effort to change the “system that enabled” her situation to happen and not because of “revenge”.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family and domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

The Men’s Referral Service provides advice for men on domestic violence and can be contacted on 1300 766 491.


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