ACCUSATIONS that Bass Labor MHR Geoff Lyons misled voters by incorrectly claiming he had been awarded an Emergency Services Medal in an election brochure have been deflected by the politician.
The Labor brochure distributed to Bass voters this week named Mr Lyons as a prestigious Emergency Services Medal recipient when, in fact, he won a far more common National Medal.
Mr Lyons received the National Medal in 1997, two years before the Emergency Services Medal was established. The medal gaffe follows another aired last week that Mr Lyons had mocked Bass opponent Andrew Nikolic's military career, suggesting he had served mainly as a Canberra bureaucrat for 21 years when the brigadier had actually served in more than 20 military postings, including Afghanistan and Iraq following the 9/11 US terrorist attacks.
Liberal Senator Eric Abetz yesterday accused Mr Lyons of intentionally spreading a mistruth about his community service record, which was denied by Mr Lyons.
He said the information printed on the brochure had been taken from the biography on his website, which had been written before the 2010 federal election.
He said he was unsure how the mistake was made, but it had since been rectified.
"It's a disappointment that I had the name wrong, but I thought that's what it was - for service in an emergency service - surf lifesaving," Mr Lyons said.