Merri Rose

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Merri Rose
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Currumbin
In office
19 September 1992 – 7 February 2004
Preceded by Trevor Coomber
Succeeded by Jann Stuckey
Personal details
Born Merrilyn Miriam Gittins
(1955-01-24) 24 January 1955 (age 63)
Kilcoy, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor

Merrilyn Miriam Rose (born 24 January 1955) was a minister in the Beattie government and member for Currumbin in the Queensland Parliament.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born Merrilyn Miriam Gittins in Kilcoy, Queensland in 1955 and attended Kilcoy State High School and St Rita's Clayfield.[1]


Rose was elected as the member for Currumbin at the 1992 Queensland election. After the 2001 election, the Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie, appointed her Minister for Tourism and Racing. She was appointed Minister for Tourism, Racing and Fair Trading in 2001.

Rose came under fire when it emerged that her son had driven her ministerial car to watch sporting events in Sydney, and also faced accusations of bullying staff. The controversy grew to a point that Beattie was forced to sack her from cabinet just before the 2004 election.[2] At that election, Rose was roundly defeated by Jann Stuckey of the Liberal Party on a shocking 17.7 percent swing.


She had trouble finding a job after the election. Rose sought an appointment in the Queensland public sector. Rose pleaded guilty to demanding benefit with threats on 30 October in relation to her efforts to gain such an appointment on 30 May 2007.[3] Rose was sentenced to 18 months' jail the following day.[4]

Australian Story[edit]

Documenting her experiences after three months in jail, Rose appeared on ABC Television's Australian Story telecast on Monday 20 October 2008.


  1. ^ a b Crown Content Who's Who in Australia 2007, page 1771
  2. ^ "Currumbin - Queensland Votes 2012 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2018. 
  3. ^ Courier Mail Merri Rose guilty of blackmail Archived 24 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine., 30 May 2007
  4. ^ "Former Qld minister jailed for blackmail". ABC News (Australia). 31 May 2007. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2018. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Trevor Coomber
Member for Currumbin
Succeeded by
Jann Stuckey