Senator for New South Wales
Member for Robertson (NSW)
Belinda Neal was chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales in 1994 as an Australian Labor Party senator and from 1996 served in the shadow ministry in the consumer affairs, local government, housing and childcare portfolios. After resigning from the Senate in 1998 Neal stood for a seat in the House of Representatives. Although unsuccessful at the 1998 elections, in 2007 she was elected and served as the Member for Robertson (NSW) until 2010.
In both the Senate and House of Representatives Neal consistently highlighted the social and economic issues facing families and maintained that families should be central to policy formulation and legislation. Education and skills development were also a primary focus throughout Neal’s parliamentary career and she was supportive of government programs which provided structured work experience and accredited training to assist young people to gain employment. She was also active in debates on the youth allowance, higher education support, regional development and infrastructure.