Phillip Thompson

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Phillip Thompson

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Member of the Australian House of Representatives for Herbert
Assumed office
18 May 2019 (2019-05-18)
Preceded byCathy O'Toole
Personal details
Born (1988-05-07) 7 May 1988 (age 31)
Armidale, New South Wales
NationalityAustralia
Political partyLiberal National
Awards

Phillip Bruce Thompson OAM (born 7 May 1988) is an Australian politician. He was elected at the 2019 Australian federal election for the seat of Herbert.[1] Prior to politics, he was awarded the 2018 Queensland Young Australian of the Year.[2]

Before politics[edit]

Thompson was born in Australia. Thompson is married to Jenna, his mother is Carolyn and he has two siblings, Stephanie and Timothy. He grew up on the Sunshine Coast. Thompson at the age of 17 joined the Royal Australian Regiment as an infantry soldier.

He joined the army in 2006 as an infantry soldier with the 1st Battalian Royal Australian Regiment. He was deployed to East Timor in 2007 for six months. In 2009, Thompson was badly injured by an improvised explosive device during operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. The explosion resulted in Thompson losing hearing in his right ear and being diagnosed with Posttraumatic stress disorder and Traumatic brain injury.[3]

Thompson represented Australia at the inaugural Invictus Games in London, United Kingdom 2014. The Invictus Games is a paralympic styled event for wounded, injured and ill who are still serving or formerly serving defence force members from around the globe. In 2016, Thompson coached the Australian Invictus Games team in Orlando, Florida. He coached powerlifting and wheelchair rugby.[4][5] He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours for service to the welfare of veterans.[6]

Political career[edit]

He was elected at the 2019 Australian federal election for the seat of Herbert. During his campaign, he apologised to the Muslim community for negative comments about Muslims made on Facebook in 2012.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Herbert (Key Seat)". Australia Votes. ABC News. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ National Australia Day Council. "Phillip Thompson". Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  3. ^ Hatfield, Kylie. "A Life in Motion". RSL QLD.
  4. ^ Invictus Games. "Using the Invictus Games to help others". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  5. ^ Invictus Games. "Competitors Bio".
  6. ^ "Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) entry for Mr Phillip Bruce THOMPSON". It's an Honour, Australian Honours Database. Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2019. For service to the welfare of veterans
  7. ^ Gartry, Laura; Shepherd, Tim (5 January 2019). "LNP candidate for Herbert Phillip Thompson apologises for 2012 social media tirade against Muslims". ABC News. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Cathy O'Toole
Member for Herbert
2019–present
Incumbent