Phillip Thompson sat on the couch with the TV on and empty beer bottles at his feet when his girlfriend marched inside.
& # 39; Get up, & # 39; she said.
It may have been three long years since Thompson had brought a broken man back from Afghanistan, but he still knew an order when he heard one.
Jenna had met the war veteran as he fought against PTSD and prolonged memory loss – the fall of the roadside bomb that exploded one meter in front of him in 2009.
But he had squirmed into his misery long enough, and she knew that he must now honor his comrades, many of whom had not made it home.
Grabbing her partner by the hand, she led him to the mirror and they stood together.
& # 39; Who are you? & # 39; she asked.
It is that & # 39; kick-up the bum & # 39; from his now wife crediting Thompson for having earned his life back and catapulting him to the federal parliament of Australia as the liberal member for Herbert in North Queensland.
Afghanistan war veteran Phillip Thompson (pictured with his wife Jenna and daughter Astin) was elected federal MP last weekend and won Herbert's seat in northern Queensland
After leaving school at a young age, Thompson (31) went to the Australian Defense Force and began his first duties in East Timor in 2007 and later in Afghanistan (photo)
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia during a rare break from the dozens of meetings that have filled his first days since he was elected, Thompson said the dark days were just as important as the ones he now enjoyed.
& # 39; It's something I don't shy away from … it makes me who I am & # 39 ;, said the Liberal MP.
& # 39; Day in, day out, it felt like I didn't really know who I was. I felt that I was abandoning my team because I had to leave them to come home.
& # 39; There are these mixed feelings of identity, mixed feelings of disappointing your friends – and also a few extra drinks than what I should have.
& # 39; I have had a pretty difficult time for a while (it wasn't), just a day or so.
& # 39; But my wife gave me a nice kick in the wanderer that just changed how I saw and did things. & # 39;
My friends who died or died from their & # 39; war within & # 39; here … they are the reason why i fight so hard
Thompson about why he became political
One of the three children, Thompson and his brothers and sisters, were raised by their single mother on the Sunshine Coast.
Their upbringing was far from the glitzy tourist venues of Noosa.
In year 9, when he was fifteen, he quit school and took up work as a more concrete man, but he knew he wanted to do something more with his life.
He realized that he wanted to join the army, but that he had left school at such a young age could not immediately enter.
When he was in Afghanistan (pictured) in 2009, he was injured after a roadside bomb exploded one meter in front of him. He was sent back to Australia, where he suffered from PTSD and long-term memory loss
After three years of struggling, Thompson & # 39; s then girlfriend – now wife – Jenna (left) took him by the hand and led to a mirror where she asked him: & # 39; Who are you? & # 39;
Thompson (center, with daughter Astin, wife Jenna and Prime Minister Scott Morrison) managed to win Herbert's seat from the current Labor MP and achieved a swing of more than 7 percent – one of the largest in the federal elections
PHILLIP THOMPSON – FROM AFGHANISTAN TO PARLIAMENT:
1988: Thompson was born as a single mother and grows up on the Sunshine Coast.
– He stops in school year 9 and starts working as a more concrete person
2006: Thompson takes himself through the night school to get the numbers needed to become a member of the Australian Defense Force
– He became a member of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment at the age of 17
2007: Used on East Timor during his first mission
2009: Now 21, Thompson is sent to join the war in Afghanistan
– October 19: during a routine patrol, a roadside bomb explodes one meter before Thompson. He suffers from long-term memory loss and brain damage
2014: Thompson participates in the 2-14 Invictus Games in London
2016: He takes a coaching role at the Invictus Games in Orlando, USA.
2018: Called Queensland & # 39; s Young Australian of the Year
– Has been pre-selected as an LNP candidate for the headquarters of Herbert, North Queensland
2019: Wins Herbert seat in federal elections with a massive 7% swing
He put himself through evening school and was admitted on April 17 to the 1st battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
& # 39; In 2007 I went to East Timor and in 2009 I went to Afghanistan. On October 19, I was wounded in action – an IED (improvised explosive device) exploded within a meter of me.
& # 39; I had a slight brain injury, but I still have hearing loss and can't hear in my right ear. & # 39;
While Thompson returned, many of his mates didn't.
But back in Australia wasn't easy either. Funerals became common in his diary because many of those he served committed suicide.
But after he was pulled out of his dark days by his wife, Thompson realized that he was one of the lucky ones and started advocating for veteran affairs.
In his work with veterans, he saw him as Queensland Young Australian of the Year in 2018 – and the title helped him get support within the Liberal National Party as a pre-eminent candidate for Herbert's seat.
& # 39; My friends who died overseas or succumbed to their & # 39; war within & # 39; here, they are the reason i fight so hard, & # 39; said Thompson.
& # 39; (They are) the reason I put up my hand to be in politics, among other things. & # 39;
After pleading for veteran affairs, Thompson was named Queensland Young Australian of the Year in 2018 (depicted on the far right alongside other prize winners, including Johnathon Thurston, second from left)
On Anzac Day, Prime Minister Scott Morrison spent the day campaign alongside Thompson in Townsville and even enjoyed a beer with the locals at The Australian Hotel (photo)
The war veteran campaign essentially started with his preselection, leaving him only 12 months before the polls opened to get his name there.
His understanding of the region and its people – and what makes it different in other parts of Australia – has given Thompson a lot of support and votes on May 18.
He expressed his support for Adani's controversial coal mine, knowing that this would create jobs for a region where unemployment in many areas is three times the national average and the chances are often limited.
We are not told what to do with some latte-sipping leftie
Thompson on the & # 39; Stop Adani Convoy & # 39;
While looking a few months after the election to take the seat of the sitting Labor member, he couldn't believe his luck when Bob Brown and his & # 39; Convoy from Stop Adani & # 39; searched the electorate.
The convoy of hundreds of mostly Greens inhabited by the city – many as far south as Tasmania and Melbourne – told those within his constituents in Queensland to make climate change a new coal mine and the jobs it would bring.
While it failed spectacularly, with the surprising swing of four percent to the liberal party in Queensland.
Even after the elections, Thompson is still firing over the Greens convoy.
One of the biggest problems in the Herbert elections was the controversial coal mine of Adani, with demonstrators from the far east of Tasmania traveling through Queensland (photos) urging the local people not to support it – a move spectacularly failed
& # 39; In Central and Northern Queensland we are not told what to do with some latte-sipping leftie from the south, & # 39; said Thompson, a reference to the way local voters (photo) left Labor and the Greens on election day.
& # 39; Mate, I couldn't believe it, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; In the middle and north of Queensland we are not told what to do due to some latte sipping leftie from the south.
& # 39; They are not from here, they clearly do not know what they are talking about and we will simply not be imposed by anyone if you are not even here.
& # 39; I return Adani. I am wearing an Adani t-shirt with a start. It is literally a multiplier for jobs for Queensland.
& # 39; When extremists come to tell us that they are much more superior and we have no idea what we are doing, when they are not even remote from this region … it doesn't fly.
& # 39; Townsville has now put its trust in me and I will not take it for granted. & # 39;
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