STAND BY YOUR WOMAN: LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding with her number one fan, husband Steven Voll.
STAND BY YOUR WOMAN: LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding with her number one fan, husband Steven Voll. David Nielsen

Meet the man behind Team Teresa

WHEN Teresa Harding was pre-selected to be the LNP candidate for Blair, her husband Steven Voll was pre-selected to go to Afghanistan.

Ms Harding was chosen by the LNP on Sunday, July 8 last year and just two days later Mr Voll was off to Afghanistan for a seven-month deployment serving as second-in-command for the security of the Tarin Kowt base.

Mr Voll, an air field defence guard at RAAF Amberley, can chuckle about how he found out the election was on.

"As I was about to come home I was sitting having breakfast at the logistical base, coming back from the Middle East, and Julia Gillard announced the election," he said.

"So I realised I was coming home...to another fight.

"To use an analogy, I put my body armour down and now I've picked up roadside signs and started bashing those in."

And Mr Voll has been right by his wife's side on the campaign trail ever since, as she has juggled a household of three teenaged children with the challenge of campaigning. He is immensely proud of the way she's handled it

"I am her number one fan I would like to think," he said.

"She is always focussed and always organised. I call her the spreadsheet lady because she puts something in order and away she goes."

Ms Harding had to give up her own job at Amberley, where she was in charge of the maintenance of the F-111 fleet, managing 1000 staff and a $150 million budget.

"Every time I had to go to Afghanistan, Teresa stood by me...so when Teresa wanted a career change I was fully behind her," Mr Voll said.

A big cricket fan, a Holden enthusiast and a Broncos supporter, Mr Voll is not in his wife's league as a cook.

Ms Harding has won several awards for her cooking, with her Bundaberg Rum marmalade claiming first prize at the Ipswich Show.

She's also a graduate of Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food.

"I've told Steve that if I do get voted in we are sending him to the Ministry of Food so we can have more than spaghetti bolognaise or steak for dinner," she grinned.

If Ipswich residents see Mr Voll at the ministry next week, they will know they have a new member in Parliament.

If they do, Ms Harding will also be thanking her husband.

"I couldn't have done this without him," she said.



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