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Guide Dogs Victoria CEO resigns over Frydenberg flyer

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Guide Dogs Victoria boss Karen Hayes has resigned, but an investigation continues into her endorsement of former treasurer Josh Frydenberg for re-election.

Hayes was featured in a flyer and a promotional video on social media backing Frydenberg as the member for Kooyong ahead of the May 21 federal poll.

The charity’s board confirmed it had not approved the material and requested its immediate removal while launching an internal investigation.

Hayes stood down on April 26 and on Tuesday, Guide Dogs Victoria announced it had accepted her resignation.

The flyer and video were authorised by Frydenberg’s Hawthorn East office, in compliance with electoral laws.

However, charity groups are bound by regulations enforced by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and can be stripped of their status if unable or unwilling to rectify serious breaches.

Hayes also appeared in a similar promotional video for Frydenberg before the 2019 federal election.

The then-Morrison government gave Guide Dogs Victoria $2.5 million the following year to upgrade its facilities.

Guide Dogs Victoria chair Iain Edwards said Hayes had made an incredible contribution, most notably on a redevelopment program to meet future needs.

The independent investigation is ongoing, he said.

Hayes described her resignation as a “difficult decision” but did not reference her reasons for leaving in a statement.

“I am overjoyed at what we’ve achieved, and will watch from the sidelines with enthusiasm and support to see the program through to finalisation,” she said.

With Australian Associated Press

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Lourdes Antenor is an experienced writer who specialises in the not-for-profit sector and its affiliations. She is the content producer for Third Sector News, an online knowledge-based platform for and about the Australian NFP sector.


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  1. Mohammad Najib Sungkar June 2, 2022

    Any illegal activity or corrupted will always be show up in public domain that is is the nature of business specially involved with politicians miss conduct with their ethical codes of member parliament


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