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LNP candidate apologises for claiming prestigious military award

Ray Hadley
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The Liberal National Party candidate at the Longman by-election has apologised for wrongly claiming a prestigious military medal.

In his Queensland parliamentary biography, Trevor Ruthenberg incorrectly was presented with the Australian Service Medal, awarded for military and peacekeeping services, by the Governor-General.

Mr Ruthenberg, in fact, received the Australian Defence Medal, awarded to all military personnel after serving fours years.

He has since apologised to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull “for this error”.

A listener tells Ray Hadley, “as ex-defence myself, I understand the confusion”.

He sent in the below photo to show the similarities.

Australian Defence Medal (left) / Australian Service Medal (right)

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