The Sun-Herald made the shocking revelations of Parkerâ€™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 â€“ for which he was responsible as â€˜marketing managerâ€™ 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 â€œHangOver STOPâ€ were central to the scam.
WHAT A PILL
Other Jamie Parker dodgy products included â€œFatBlasterâ€ (a fine chaser to any KFC feast), â€œFatMagnetâ€ (useful for separating the men from the nancy-boy gym-nuts at party conferences), â€œHorny Goat Weedâ€ (use your imagination for that one) and â€œCholestaguardâ€ which weâ€™re sure is as useful for tackling high cholesterol as a vanilla thickshake from Maccas.
When confronted by the Sun-Heraldâ€™s pesky scribe, Parkerâ€™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.â€
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 naÃ¯ve, the sick and vulnerable:
â€œYes, I’ve worked in the private sector, I’m not a union hack.â€
The frank-talking national secretary of the Australian Workers Union Paul Howes commented on Mr Parker indicating that he thought he was a â€œgrubâ€.