|Member of the Australian Parliament
24 March 1990 – 2 March 1996
|Preceded by||Charles Blunt|
|Succeeded by||Larry Anthony|
14 October 1952 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Alma mater||Hawkesbury Agricultural College
Armidale College of Advanced Education
Neville Joseph Newell (born 14 October 1952) is an Australian politician. He served as a member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1990 until 1996 and as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1999 to 2007.
Newell was born in Sydney, received a Diploma of Applied Science from the Hawkesbury Agricultural College and a Diploma of Education from the Armidale College of Advanced Education, now part of the University of New England. He was a teacher in the Riverina and Lismore before running for Parliament.
In 1990, Newell was preselected as the Australian Labor Party candidate for Richmond, a historically rural seat in northern New South Wales. The seat was held by the leader of the National Party, Charles Blunt. Newell was initially given little chance of winning, since he was running in what had historically been a strongly conservative seat. It had been in the hands of the non-Labor parties since Federation, and the Nationals had held it without interruption since 1922 though their margin had been declining in recent years. In the election, Newell only won 27 percent of the first preference vote. However, on the seventh count, anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott's preferences flowed overwhelmingly to Newell, allowing him to defeat Blunt and become the first Labor member ever to win Richmond. Newell was only the second person to defeat a major federal party leader in an election. He was reelected in 1993 over the Nationals' Larry Anthony, but was defeated by Anthony in 1996.
Newell tried to regain his old seat in 1998, and narrowly lost. He subsequently won the state seat of Tweed from the National Party in 1999, but was defeated by National candidate Geoff Provest in 2007.
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Richmond
|Parliament of New South Wales|
|New district||Member for Tweed