Guide Dogs Victoria chief executive stood down pending independent investigation following public endorsement of Josh Frydenberg in Kooyong
Posted On April 26, 2022
Guide Dogs Victoria chief executive Karen Hayes has been stood down pending an independent investigation, following her public endorsement of Josh Frydenberg in his Melbourne electorate.
The promotional material showed Ms Hayes holding a puppy, backing Mr Frydenberg as the member for Kooyong.
“Time and time again, Josh has shown his genuine care for Guide Dogs Victoria,” the material said.
A Guide Dogs Victoria spokesperson said the board had no knowledge of the material and said they did not endorse it.
“The independent investigation is underway and is ongoing,” the spokesperson said.
“The purpose of the investigation is to understand what happened and ensure it never happens again. It would be inappropriate to comment further while the investigation is continuing.”
A spokesperson for Mr Frydenberg described the news as “extremely disappointing”.
“Ms Hayes has been a highly effective and widely respected chief executive of Guide Dogs Victoria for more than a decade,” the spokesperson said.
“In this time, she has significantly strengthened the organisation, its finances and community outreach.
“Josh has worked closely with Ms Hayes and Guide Dogs Victoria over many years in his capacity as the Member for Kooyong, including on major infrastructure projects.”
The spokesperson said Mr Frydenberg would await the outcome of the investigation before commenting further.