Second 'sorry' from Lyons

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 21 Agustus 2013 | 19.55

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.

The Federal Opposition seized on his latest mistake, pointing out the Emergency Services Medal had been awarded only 280 times to the National Medal's 175,000.

"A clear pattern of deceit is emerging here from Mr Lyons," Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz said.

The error was reportedly spotted by a voter who checked on Mr Lyons' record.

Polling suggests the incumbent faces a tough battle to hang on to the northern Tasmanian seat, which Labor holds by a margin of 6.7 per cent.

Mr Nikolic, who rose to the rank of Brigadier, has said he does not want his military career to be the focus of the campaign.

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