Belinda Neal

Belinda Jane Neal (born 10 January 1963) is a former Australian federal politician. She was a Member of the House of Representatives representing the electorate of Robertson between 2007 and 2010; and representing the state of New South Wales in the Senate from 1994 to 1998, both on behalf of the Australian Labor Party.

Australian politician

Belinda Neal
Senator for New South Wales
In office
8 March 1994  3 September 1998
Preceded by Kerry Sibraa
Succeeded by Steve Hutchins
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Robertson
In office
24 November 2007  19 July 2010
Preceded by Jim Lloyd
Succeeded by Deborah O’Neill
Personal details
Born (1963-01-10) 10 January 1963 (age 58)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor (until 2017, expelled)
Spouse(s) John Della Bosca
Children Two
Residence Phegans Bay, NSW
Alma mater University of Sydney
Profession Lawyer
Website ALP web page

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Neal was a senator for New South Wales from 1994 to 1998. She was chosen on 8 March 1994 under s.15 of the Constitution to fill the casual vacancy in the Senate created by the resignation of Kerry Sibraa. She resigned on 3 September 1998 to contest the House of Representatives seat of Robertson at the 1998 general election in which she was defeated by the incumbent, Jim Lloyd of the Liberal Party.

In the 2007 federal election she was again preselected as the Labor candidate for Robertson, and won the seat in a very tight contest, claiming victory on 5 December.[1]

She lost preselection for the seat of Robertson on 6 March 2010, to challenger Deborah O’Neill,[2][3] who lost the seat in the following election. On 29 July 2010 Neal announced that she would not recontest the seat at the 2010 federal election, but did not rule out a future in politics, saying that the Labor Party still had her full support.[4] Her husband, John Della Bosca, announced on the same day that he was resigning from the New South Wales Legislative Council to become a campaign director for the National Disability and Carers Alliance, and assist in the establishment of a national disability insurance scheme.[5]

In 2015 Neal attempted a comeback to Robertson but was defeated in the ALP preselection by Ann Charlton who was chief of staff to O’Neill.

In June 2008, Neal and her husband John Della Bosca were dining in a bistro called Iguana Joe’s when they were reportedly involved in an incident with staff of the premises.[6][7][8] Statements witnessed by Chris Spence, a political rival of Neal’s, suggested Neal and her husband had been abusive to restaurant staff.[9] The Premier of New South Wales, Morris Iemma, asked the New South Wales Police Force to assess the allegations, but the matter lapsed when the New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions advised that nothing that occurred could have constituted a crime.

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