Jamie Parker (politician)
Parker at the NSW election campaign launch, March 2011
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament
26 March 2011
|Preceded by||Verity Firth|
|Majority||4.9 points (2015)|
|37th Mayor of Leichhardt|
13 September 2008 – 19 May 2011
|Preceded by||Carolyn Allen|
|Succeeded by||Rochelle Porteous|
|Born||Jamie Thomas Parker
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England
|Political party||Greens New South Wales|
|Alma mater||Macquarie University|
Jamie Thomas Parker MP is the member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Balmain for the Greens since 2011. Parker is the first Green to represent his party in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.
Parker was born the second of four children in the English Midlands market town of Wellingborough when his parents were on a visit to the UK. His family had earlier migrated to Australia in 1968. His father was a fitter and worked at the Balmain ship yards.
Parker attended Macquarie University where he took a degree in economics. Later he received a master's degree with honours in political economy from the University of Sydney. He spent part of his master's degree living in Bangkok, Thailand and studying at Thammasat University.
When he left university he worked in the Greens' parliamentary office for several years, then left to establish his own business. Parker was marketing manager of Cat Media, a company which was the subject of 41 complaints upheld by the Therapeutic Goods Administration between 2000 and 2006 for misleading advertising and exploiting consumers. Parker denied responsibility, saying "It wasn't my role to be putting together advertising and copywriting, I was positioning the stuff in pharmacies".
Parker has been active in social justice and environmental issues for many years and while at university was elected the NSW president and subsequently the national environment officer of the National Union of Students.
Parker stood for and was elected to Leichhardt Council in 1999 as a Green. Parker was subsequently re-elected in 2004 and 2008. While on Council he has served as chair of the Environment Committee, as deputy mayor and, since 2008, as the mayor of Leichhardt. He retired from Council at the 2012 election.
Parker has served as the convenor (state party chairman) of the NSW Greens.
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- Aston, Heath (6 March 2011). "Snake oil and the battle for Balmain". smh.com.au. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
- Howes, Paul (13 March 2011). "Firth deserves to survive the wreck". awu.net.au. Australian Workers' Union. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
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- http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/state-election-2011/humiliated-labor-goes-gunning-for-scapegoats-20110327-1cbyk.html The Sydney Morning Herald Retrieved 2011-03-02
- Greens claim victory in Balmain: Sky News 2 April 2011
|Mayor of Leichhardt
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|Member for Balmain