By Ian Neubauer
Heat is mounting against NSW Education Minister John Della Bosca and his wife, Federal MP Belinda Neal, over accusations they verbalised staff at Iguanas Waterfront Bar in Gosford last Friday after they were asked to change tables.
Prime Minister Rudd has ordered Neal to undergo anger-management treatment, referring to a string of incidents that he said demonstrate a pattern of inappropriate behaviour.
“I spoke to Belinda Neal today,” the Prime Minister said at a press conference in Japan. “She’s indicated that, as a result of our conversation, that she’ll actually be seeking counselling to assist in her own management of her relationships with other people.”
Della Bosca, however, could get the sack or even face criminal charges after it was revealed he coerced Iguana’s staff and management into retracting their statements and penned the apology that NSW Premier Morris Iemma had earlier said cleared the minister of any wrongdoings.
Iemma said Della Bosca would have to explain himself at the next sitting of Parliament and has asked NSW Police to carry out an investigation to determine if any criminal offence has occurred.
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