Jamie Parker (politician)

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Jamie Parker
Jamie Parker.jpg
Parker at the NSW election campaign launch, March 2011
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Balmain
Assumed office
26 March 2011
Preceded by Verity Firth
Majority 4.9% (2015)
37th Mayor of Leichhardt
In office
13 September 2008 – 19 May 2011
Preceded by Carolyn Allen
Succeeded by Rochelle Porteous
Personal details
Born Jamie Thomas Parker
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England
Nationality Australian
Political party Greens New South Wales
Alma mater Macquarie University
Website jamieparker.org.au

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 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".[1]

Political career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Parker has served as the convenor (state party chairman) of the NSW Greens.

Parker won the seat of Balmain from Labor's Verity Firth at the 2011 State election.[4][5][6] He is the first member of the NSW Greens to sit in the Lower House of the New South Wales Parliament.


  1. ^ Aston, Heath (6 March 2011). "Snake oil and the battle for Balmain". SMH. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Howes, Paul (13 March 2011). "Firth deserves to survive the wreck". awu.net.au. Australian Workers' Union. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Leichhardt Green Team Balances Experience and New Ideas". Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Greens looking in doubt". Inner West Courier. News Limited. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Greens claim victory in Balmain: Sky News 2 April 2011

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Carolyn Allen
Mayor of Leichhardt
Succeeded by
Rochelle Porteous
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Verity Firth
Member for Balmain