Skip to comments.Tas(manian) Labor MP caught in medals furore (Australian election)
Posted on 08/21/2013 2:56:05 AM PDT by naturalman1975
A TASMANIAN Labor MP who questioned an opponent's military record has admitted he incorrectly listed his own medals in election material.
Member for Bass Geoff Lyons has issued his second public apology in as many weeks after claiming he held the prestigious Emergency Services Medal.
He has corrected the listing on his website to the National Medal, which he received in 1997 for services to surf life-saving.
"It's a disappointment that I had the name wrong," Mr Lyons told reporters.
"I thought that's what it was, for service in an emergency service, surf life-saving.
"It's been corrected and I apologise for that."
Last week Mr Lyons apologised to Liberal candidate Andrew Nikolic after suggesting the Iraq veteran had spent most of his defence career as a bureaucrat.
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But coming on top of accusing a one-star Army officer, a veteran of two wars of being nothing but a Defence Department bureaucrat - well, let's just say that I think Mr Lyons is making the current Australian election even easier for the conservatives to win. And that may wind up, however accidental and unintended, his greatest service to Australia.
I really, INTENSELY, dislike people who steal valor. They should be horsewhipped and driven from polite society.
In the U.S., in left-wing states, they get elected Senator (Dick Blumenthal of Connecticut).
Unfortunately polling has been close since they swapped out whatsherface for Ex-PM Kevin Rudd. It would be a travesty if they won again.