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SHONKY: Greens Balmain candidate Jamie Parker involved in company that made dodgy health claims

jamieparker470The Greens candidate in Balmain Jamie Parker has admitted involvement in a company that made false and misleading health claims about its herbal medicines.

The Sun-Herald made the shocking revelations of Parker’s involvement in the health scam, which was eventually brought to justice by federal regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Parker was the marketing manager of the offending company Cat Media, according to pecuniary interest disclosures he filed with the looney Leichardt council of which he is the mayor.

The advertisements and marketing – for which he was responsible as ‘marketing manager’ were slammed by the TGA:

”Advertisements which were unbalanced and exploited the lack of knowledge of consumers, and could bring about fear of distress among consumers”.

False celebrity endorsements, fake independent reviews and a product that was inherently fake “HangOver STOP” were central to the scam.

Other Jamie Parker dodgy products included “FatBlaster” (a fine chaser to any KFC feast), “FatMagnet” (useful for separating the men from the nancy-boy gym-nuts at party conferences), “Horny Goat Weed” (use your imagination for that one) and “Cholestaguard” which we’re sure is as useful for tackling high cholesterol as a vanilla thickshake from Maccas.

When confronted by the Sun-Herald’s pesky scribe, Parker’s reaction was less than ideal.

He basically admitted being centrally involved in the production of marketing material (where the claims were made):

”There were many directors. I had a small team of people doing things like graphic design.”

Smart to keep a good scam as in-house as possible, apparently.

The enterprising lad is proud of his role in commerce, suckering in the naïve, the sick and vulnerable:

“Yes, I’ve worked in the private sector, I’m not a union hack.”

The frank-talking national secretary of the Australian Workers Union Paul Howes commented on Mr Parker indicating that he thought he was a “grub”.


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  1. The Greens need to take a leaf out of Labor Unity’s recruitment manual. That is go out and find celebrity’s and offer them a job.
    LU have been highly successful,Cheryl Kernot, Mary Delahunty, Peter Garret, Evan Thornley, Justin Madden, the blond skier who I have forgotten her name already, that is how much of an impression she made!

    Posted by Only here to help | March 6, 2011, 20:45
  2. You forgot Maguire!

    Posted by A good Collingwood Catholic | March 6, 2011, 20:48
  3. Jan Barham Greens candidate should be disendorsed. Start at Part 1. More to come and it gets better http://tl.gd/94oqr9

    Posted by Correllio | March 6, 2011, 21:02
  4. So the choice in Balmain is between:

    – An ALP grub whose husband was arrested for buying illicit drugs; and

    – A Greens grub who was a professional snake oil salesman.

    Where do they dig up these dregs?

    Posted by Inner West | March 6, 2011, 21:23
  5. Further to my previous comment.
    I contacted NSW Greens to check on authenticity of @janbarham account. Jan responded directly to me by email on 4.3.2011 wherein she said: “i would appreciate if you could advise any twitter users of the fake, i have reported the matter to the police”

    I accepted this in good faith and notifed twitter users. I also suggested to Jan she notify Twitter as they could take the account down and trace the culprit. Jan said she would.

    At that time (Saturday afternoon) the account was still up.

    I even notified twitter myself that Jan was going to contact.

    But we got subsequent evidence to suggesting account was indeed genuine – traced to Byron Bay

    (I mean even @greensjamiep and Greens social media coord @odgeau tweeted to that account as if it were genuine as did Greens supporters! Why did it take ‘conservative cretins’ to check authenticity? Do Greens and lefties think MPs should tell voters they are intellectually inferior?)

    NSW Greens can easily clear this up:

    Where is the police report? Date, time, place please. And confirmation from Twitter?
    If Greens take this seriously wouldn’t they want it followed up properly?

    Would a journo care to enquire?

    Posted by Correllio | March 6, 2011, 23:48
  6. @A good Collingwood Catholic: And the one they specially brought down from that Rathole called NSW

    Posted by Brimbank Party hack | March 7, 2011, 0:22
  7. Howes spots a “Grub”….Takes one to know one!

    Posted by Conan The Librarian | March 7, 2011, 22:46
  8. Wendy? Your thoughts would be appreciated. That is, your thoughts relating to the Parker scandal, not your usual insane thoughts this time please.

    Posted by Plonk | March 7, 2011, 22:58
  9. Plonk. I am shamed and upset. I’ve been using Fat Magnet for years and all I got was a date with Joe Hockey. What a dud product.

    Posted by wendy | March 8, 2011, 9:57
  10. what a stupid beat up. Sometimes it isnt bad to have a candidate that hasnt beaten the usual path to candidacy – firstly,student politics, then, industrial officer of union, then,adviser to pollie, maybe (optional) a stint in the private sector, and then, candidate

    Posted by anon | March 8, 2011, 10:56
  11. @anon: but preferable that they be involved in selling a product through lies…yeah thats way preferable to union official or and adviser.

    Posted by Sotherby | March 8, 2011, 12:14
  12. Andrew, as a mutual fan of KFC (2 large Zinger Tower burger meals please), I can tell you that you don’t have to go to Maccas for a thickshake. When KFC took over Ollies Trollies in Shepparton in the mid 80’s, the store opposite Lake Victoria in Wyndham Street continued serving thickshakes and icecreams. truely heavenly!

    Greens are grubs. Grubs are green.

    Posted by Harry Lime | March 8, 2011, 15:51
  13. So let me get this right. He worked in a company where there were complaints about adverts. He didn’t work in that area of the company. He left like five years ago. A beat up or what. Who cares

    Posted by James edwards | March 9, 2011, 23:35
  14. @James edwards: one would think a politician who regards himself to highly would have the smarts to ensure he didn’t work in a company where the exploitation of the public was utilised as the best way to make money, in fact you might expect that to be the last place a Greens wannabe MP would work. But then hypocrisy can be so easy when your chasing easy work that pays so well and you require no abilities or skills.
    Wendy I’m sure you have put your hand up to be the next cab off the rank- perhaps for the Senate, you and Mary Jo would make a delightful couple- you can both sing and dance while Cory Bernardi and Senator Egglestone do you from behind.

    Posted by Sotherby | March 10, 2011, 10:21
  15. Typical Sotherby gutter mouth comment. When desperate and void of rational argument, you attack a woman and make snide, schoolboy remarks to show how big and tough you are to your jizz buddies. You can never outwit or outthink me. You are envious and jealous and you bore me and everyone who reads your petty slime.

    Posted by Wendy | March 10, 2011, 19:22
  16. Leichardt Mayor….wow!! I knew I had bumped into this guy somewhere.

    It was years ago and I was summoned to council to explain why the $20 million infrastructure development my company was proposing should go ahead.

    He interrupted my presentation on the first slide wantign to know what these words CAPEX and OPEX referred to.

    Then he asked why the CAPEX was higher thn the OPEX for the project and could we structure it the other way around….

    This is the genius of the man….

    Posted by blackmambo | March 11, 2011, 9:39
  17. He also resolutely opposed mobile phone companies building a joint base station in the council area (although it would be hidden within a chruch cross) because “we don’t like development.”

    When it was explained that without this particular base station people on mobiles in the vicinity would not be able to call 000 in an emergency, he said “only business people have mobiles anyway.”

    Posted by blackmambo | March 11, 2011, 9:42
  18. great to see that Ian Cohen understands that it is vital to keep him out of Parliament

    Posted by the Insider | March 11, 2011, 14:55
  19. What this one, mike? “Horny Goat Weed”?? It making you like the goat?

    Why for Greens him look shift and then is shifty? You sell Zoran the stuff to make him cock hard I maybe vote for him, fukcing.

    Posted by ZORAN KIDNEY | March 11, 2011, 17:09
  20. @Inner West:
    They dont have to dig very far….lots of grubs crawling on surface of political places….

    Posted by ZORAN KIDNEY | March 11, 2011, 17:11
  21. @Wendy: typical Wendy, when you have no argument you resort to that old line yet again, even forgetting your vitriolic rambling tirades against others here. i wouldn’t speak for others when clearly you are about as popular as an arse flavoured lolly pop.

    Posted by Sotherby | March 15, 2011, 11:19
  22. Posted by Usual Suspect | March 20, 2011, 14:15
  23. Charles Sturt University students, who experienced racism sexism and discrimination at CSU Winery, came home to Sydney and contacted Balmain/Leichhardt Council for help and assistance. The council ignored the students and turned their back on them. Screw you Jamie Parker and Leichardt councils our families still live in these areas and you are screwed! Students pleas for help which were ignored by Leichardt council can be found at: http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Jules-Assange/100002003213536

    Posted by Jules Assange | March 23, 2011, 12:41