Australia’s governor general, David Hurley, has apologised for a decision made “on the spur of a happy moment” to pose for a photo with and provide a testimonial for a builder who completed his home renovation, which was later used in the company’s advertising material on its website and social media.
Hurley said he had received no benefit for his comments or the photo, had never intended them to be used in commercial advertising and had not made reference to his position as the Queen’s representative.
hurley-spruiks-building-company-responsible-for-his-renovations/news-story/11d4f5b009acf59edf33061a7e3b244d” data-link-name=”in body link”News.com.au reported on Tuesday that Hurley had been quoted in testimonials on the social media pages and website of the luxury builder Homes by Howe, which carried out renovations to the governor general’s private home.
“We’re really delighted with the outcome and end product,” the governor general said in a one-minute testimonial video which also features his wife, Linda.
After a backlash upon the news report’s publication, and questions reportedly being raised by the Albanese government, Hurley issued a statement of apology on Wednesday morning.
“I made a mistake by agreeing, on the spur of a happy moment, to express my appreciation for the builder in a video and photos,” he said. “I apologise for my mistake.
“I received no benefit of any kind for my participation. My words were not intended to be used in direct commercial advertising and reference to my appointment was not to be made. Nevertheless, I should have checked that my guidance was accurately followed.”
Hurley said he had asked the builder to remove all material related to his comments. A page on the company’s website which formerly carried quotes attributed to Hurley has been altered, with references to the governor general removed.