Topics:  blair, lnp, parliament, raaf, teresa harding

RAAF life is exchanged for tilt at federal seat

NEW PATHS: LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding with her husband, Steven Voll.
NEW PATHS: LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding with her husband, Steven Voll. Rob Williams

EXCHANGING the airfields of Amberley for a seat at Parliament House in Canberra is not a sea change most would consider.

Even for Blair LNP candidate Teresa Harding the choice was one she considered long and hard before putting her hand up for preselection.

The bold decision ended her seven-year career in Royal Australian Airforce and she hopes Canberra beckons come election day on September 14.

Ms Harding's political aspirations were triggered after spotting a call from the LNP asking for expressions of interest for preselection.

The newspaper clipping stayed pressed on the Hardings' fridge as she contemplated a potential career change.

"We had those discussions May last year when the LNP ran the public expressions of interest which I cut out and put on the fridge for some time," she said.

"I wanted to stop being an armchair politician. I wanted to put my money where my mouth is.

"When I saw the budget come out last year I could see there was not going to be a surplus. Our children's future is being mortgaged.

"I thought about it and talked about it with a few friends.

"There were 22 people who put in for the seat of Blair and the selection was made by the local membership of Blair."

Ms Harding was successful and announced as the candidate for Blair on July 8.

It left little time for celebration with her husband, Steve Voll, as he prepared four his fourth deployment and second to Afghanistan.

Mr Voll served in Tarin Kowt for the RAAF deputy force protection authority.

He said there was just enough time to open a bottle of champagne and tuck into some Chinese takeaway before leaving.

The move to full-time politician became complete on January 4, when Ms Harding left the RAAF.

"For the last six-and-a-half months we have had a little test of what it will be like," she said.

"We know we have got the mettle to get through this and the family support."

Ms Harding's mobile campaign office on Pine Mountain Rd has been officially opened.



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