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Recognition for Dr Richard Harris & Craig Challen, Australian heroes of Thai cave rescue

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Recently the world watched as 12 young lads and their football coach were rescued in a complex operation in Thailand.

Australian Medic, Dr Richard Harris, repeatedly risked his own life undertaking many dives during the rescue operation. By his side the entire time was his long-time dive partner, Craig Challen.

The Australian Honours System has the capacity to recognise “...acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril”, by way of awarding the Cross of Valour, or CV.

Essentially a civilian version of the military Victoria Cross, the CV has only been awarded five times since inception, in 1975.

I respectfully request that Ms Bishop, in her capacity as Foreign Minister, nominate Dr Harris and Mr Challen for this highest of honours.

Matthew Irvine, Bathurst NSW

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