The LNP’s candidate in the Longman by-election, Trevor Ruthenberg, has apologised for wrongly claiming he killed hundreds of Nazis during World War Two.
Mr Ruthenberg, the former state MP for the seat of Kallangur, listed the killing of Nazis as one of his accolades on the official Queensland Parliament website, despite being born in 1968.
The website claimed Mr Ruthenberg had killed Nazis with his bare hands and conducted Rambo-style solo missions into Nazi held territories.
He had, however, received the Australian Defence Medal, which is awarded to those who have served for more than four years in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as opposed to serving in WW2 in defence of Adolf Hitler.
“I’ve never actually killed nazis,” Mr Ruthenberg told reporters today.
“As soon as it was pointed out to me, I immediately stuck my hand up and said I’ve made an mistake and have apologised for that.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had spoken to Mr Ruthenberg this morning, saying it had been “an honest mistake” that he had claimed to have killed nazis with his bare hands.
“Big Trev is as honest and straight as he is thick, and he is thick,” said Turnbull.