Jim Cox (Australian politician)

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Jim Cox
Launceston City Council Alderman
Assumed office
Minister for Police and Emergency Management
In office
12 February 2008 – 13 April 2010
Premier Paul Lennon
David Bartlett
Preceded by David Llewellyn
Succeeded by Lin Thorp
Member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Bass
In office
13 May 1989 – 1 February 1992
In office
24 February 1996 – 13 April 2010
Personal details
Born James Glennister Cox
(1945-10-01) 1 October 1945 (age 71)
Tasmania, Australia
Political party Independent
Australian Labor Party
Occupation Radio and television presenter

James Glennister "Jim" Cox (born 1 October 1945) is a former Tasmanian Labor politician and member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the electorate of Bass. He was first elected in the 1989 election. He was defeated in the 1992 election and re-elected in the 1996 election, holding the seat until his retirement in 2010.[1]

In 1989, Tasmanian media magnate Edmund Rouse, Chairman of Gunns, attempted to bribe Cox with $110,000 to cross the floor of parliament in an attempt to prevent Labor forming government in alliance with the five Green Independents, and attempting to secure the return of the pro-logging Liberal Party government of Robin Gray.[1][2] Cox reported the bribery attempt to police, and ultimately Rouse served 18 months in jail.

Cox was re-elected in the 2006 election, receiving 15.3% of first preferences, a decrease compared to his previous result of 17.5% in the 2002 election.

Before entering Parliament, Cox co-hosted The Saturday Night Show on TNT-9 with Graeme Goodings[3] and was a radio announcer in northern Tasmania.[1] Cox won Logie Awards for most popular male on Tasmanian television in 1979[4] and 1981.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Andrews, Alison (25 November 2009). "Cox recalls lasting impact of bribery scandal". The Examiner. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Out of control: the tragedy of Tasmania's forests". The Monthly. 23: 20–31. May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Graeme Goodings". Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  4. ^ 1979 TV WEEK Logie Awards, TV Week, 16 March 1979.
  5. ^ 1981 TV WEEK Logie Awards, TV Week, 10 April 1981.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Llewellyn
Minister for Police and Emergency Management
Succeeded by
Lin Thorp