The Governor General has apologized for providing testimony for a construction company that has completed renovations to his private home.
The Queen’s representative in Australia has admitted he “made a mistake” by agreeing to give a testimonial for a construction company which was posted on Instagram.
Governor General David Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley appeared in two Instagram posts for a Canberra construction company which has completed renovations on their private home.
In a video, the couple praised the professionalism of the business manager and the quality of the renovations.
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“We’ve been working with Brendan for about 18 months now and we’re really pleased with the outcome and the end product,” Governor General Hurley said.
Ms Hurley agrees, saying the builder “did everything possible to make me feel happy”.
While the pair don’t mention their official roles, the video overlays their titles.
In a statement released by Government House on Wednesday, Governor General Hurley apologized.
“I made a mistake in agreeing, on the spur of a happy moment, to express my appreciation for the builder in a video and photos,” he said.
“I received no benefit of any kind for my participation.
“My words were not intended for use in direct commercial advertising and no reference to my nomination was to be made.
“Nevertheless, I should have checked that my instructions were followed.
“I have asked the manufacturer to remove all material related to my comments.”
Instagram posts have been removed from the construction company feed.