|Senator for New South Wales|
8 March 1994 – 3 September 1998
|Preceded by||Kerry Sibraa|
|Succeeded by||Steve Hutchins|
|Member of the Australian Parliament
24 November 2007 – 19 July 2010
|Preceded by||Jim Lloyd|
|Succeeded by||Deborah O'Neill|
|Born||10 January 1963|
|Spouse(s)||John Della Bosca|
|Residence||Phegans Bay, NSW|
|Alma mater||University of Sydney|
|Website||ALP web page[dead link]|
Belinda Jane Neal (born 10 January 1963), a former Australian federal politician, 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 of behalf of the Australian Labor Party.
She 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. Her term was scheduled to run until 30 June 1999. 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. Neal's reputation was battered by a string of scandals, prompting moves to replace her. She lost preselection for the seat of Robertson on 6 March 2010, to challenger Deborah O'Neill. 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. 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.
Incident at Iguana Joe's
In June 2008, Neal and her husband John Della Bosca were dining in a restaurant called Iguana Joe's. It was alleged that an altercation took place at the venue between Della Bosca, Belinda Neal and the staff of the premises in which Della Bosca and Neal were "abusive and threatening". The Premier of New South Wales, Morris Iemma, asked the New South Wales Police Force to start an investigation into his Minister. The police sought advice from the New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions whether any crime was committed from the facts. The DPP advised that nothing that occurred constituted a crime. On 3 September 2008, the DPP declined to pursue the matter, finding there was "insufficient evidence to support any criminal charge against New South Wales law".
Incident with Kate Neill
On 7 April 2011 Neal was issued with an interim apprehended violence order after she allegedly abused and followed Kate Neill, the former mistress of her husband John Della Bosca, from her Newtown home.
Comment to Sophie Mirabella
A fortnight before the Iguana Joe's incident, Neal had apologised to a Liberal MP, Sophie Mirabella, over a partially disputed comment to the effect that Mirabella's unborn child would be born "a demon" as a result of Mirabella's "evil thoughts".
- "Labor takes seat of Robertson". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 December 2007. Archived from the original on 7 December 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2007.
- Dissent builds against Belind Neal ABC News 9 February 2010
- "Neal loses preselection challenge". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
- Morello, Vincent (7 March 2010). "Belinda Neal dumped from Central Coast seat in landslide pre-selection vote". news.com.au (News Limited). Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "I won't stand as independent in Robertson: Belinda Neal". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 29 July 2010. Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "Della Bosca confirms he's quitting". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 29 July 2010. Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "Club offers apology after NSW MP flags legal action". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 8 June 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
- "'She spat in my face': Iguana Joe's manager speaks out". Livenews.com.au. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2008.
- Hall, Louise (8 June 2008). "Della Bosca and MP wife in scrap with restaurant". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media).
- Lawrence, Kara (10 July 2008). "Police send Iguanas case against Neal, Della to DPP". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
- Welch, Dylan (3 September 2008). "Iguanas affair: Neal and Della off the hook". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
- "Belinda Neal denies starting spat with husband's former mistress". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 April 2011.
- Pearlman, Jonathan (9 June 2008). "Nightclub claims fan old fires". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 9 June 2008.
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Robertson