Edmund Rouse

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Edmund Alexander Rouse (2 February 1926 – 28 July 2002)[1][2] was an Australian businessman and political figure. He spent three decades as the chairman of Tasmanian media company ENT before being embroiled in a political scandal in 1989.

As chairman of logging company Gunns he offered $110,000 to Labor MP Jim Cox to cross the floor. The bribe was an attempt to prevent the Labor party forming an alliance with the Tasmanian Greens, and to secure the return of the Liberal government of Robin Gray. Cox reported the bribe to the police, and Rouse was ultimately given a three-year prison sentence.[3][4]

He died in Melbourne in 2002.


  1. ^ Who's Who in Australia, Volume 23
  2. ^ "The fatal hubris of Edmund Rouse", Don Woolford, AAP General News (Australia) 30 July 2002
  3. ^ "The rise and fall of Edmund Rouse" Archived August 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Stephen Tanner, Australian Studies in Journalism, pp.72–89, 1995
  4. ^ "Bribe scandal boss Rouse dies", Australasian Business Intelligence, August 2002