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Governor-General SORRY for filming Instagram testimonial for tradies in Canberra

Australia’s governor general has apologized after appearing in a video testimony for a construction company renovating his private home.

David Hurley and wife Linda appeared in the clip, praising the Homes by Howe company, which expanded the couple’s Canberra property 18 months ago.

While not illegal, it is widely frowned upon for a high-profile public servant who receives a taxpayer-funded salary to advertise a private company.

Governor General David Hurley and his wife Linda agreed to pose for a photo for their builder Homes by Howe after the completion of the renovation of their private home in Canberra

Governor General David Hurley and his wife Linda agreed to pose for a photo for their builder Homes by Howe after the completion of the renovation of their private home in Canberra

The Governor General, the Queen’s representative in Australia, apologized for the error in a statement released Wednesday morning.

“I made a mistake in meeting on a whim to express my appreciation for the builder in a video and photos. My apologies for my mistake,” he said.

‘I did not receive any benefits for my participation. My words were not intended to be used in direct commercial advertising and my designation should not be referenced.

“Nevertheless, I should have checked that my directions were followed accurately. I have asked the builder to remove all material related to my comments.’

The pair also appeared in a photo with the builder and architect in November when the builder was named as a 2021 Master Builders Australia finalist for extensions worth more than $1 million on the couple’s home.

The testimonies were labeled “absurd” and “very strange” by government sources.

Labor MP Julian Hill described the testimony as an error of judgment.

“It must be corrected to preserve the dignity of the office. In the same way that the Governor General must stay above politics, they must stay above commercial interests,” he said. news.com.au

A testimonial video for Homes by Howe featuring the Governor General and his wife comes from government sources and MPs

A testimonial video for Homes by Howe featuring the Governor General and his wife comes from government sources and MPs

Canberra builder Homes by Howe has a page dedicated to the renovations made to the Governor General's private home (pictured) on its website

Canberra builder Homes by Howe has a page dedicated to the renovations made to the Governor General’s private home (pictured) on its website

The Governor General’s office said that while he and his wife agreed to appear in a video and photo for the builder privately, permission was not sought to post the material publicly.

The testimonial was issued in a personal capacity, following work on the Hurleys’ private home at their own expense. There was no payment, discount or gifts in kind,” said a spokesperson.

‘The testimonial should not have included ‘Governor General’ in the distribution.

“Neither Buckingham Palace or the Prime Minister authorize any activity (official or private) undertaken by the Governor General.”

The video testimonial showed Governor General Hurley explaining how they spent 18 months working on the builder’s project.

‘We are very happy with the result and the end product,’ he explains.

“During this time we have had a very positive and constructive relationship with Brendan and his crew. They have been very professional, we were able to talk and we have a good result.’

The governor-general’s wife, Linda, also spoke a few words to praise the builder.

The builder's website also has a written testimonial from their famous client

The builder’s website also has a written testimonial from their famous client

Homes by Howe was named as a 2021 Master Builders Australia finalist for extensions to the couple's home.  The project was worth over $1 million

Homes by Howe was named as a 2021 Master Builders Australia finalist for extensions to the couple’s home. The project was worth over $1 million

“Brendan explained it clearly. He has always had a smile on his face. He has always been nice and went out of his way to make me happy,” she said.

“And I feel very, very happy now. And I want to thank you for all the things he changed for us.

“He built a beautiful house that I look forward to living in.”

Who is David Hurley?

Governor General David Hurley, 68, is the monarch’s 27th representative to Australia.

He is an Australian former senior officer in the Australian Army who served in the military for 42 years before retiring in 2014.

He was previously the 38th Governor of NSW and served from 2014 to 2019.

July 1 marks three years in the role of the Australian Governor General.

The Homes by Howe website features a page devoted to the renovation of the Governor General’s home, along with a brief written testimony from their famous client.

“It was a great honor to be entrusted with the housing extension for the Governor General’s private residence in Canberra. Delighted with the result, David Hurley and his wife Linda will be able to enjoy their home full of memories for years to come.”

“The art of a great home extension is to create a seamless transition between old and new. This is where our high attention to detail shines through. Two-thirds of the original house was demolished for this expansion and renovation.’

The latest controversy comes just weeks later Governor General Hurley criticized for ‘disrespectful’ comments at the Queen‘s Platinum anniversary.

Reporters had asked the monarch’s Australian representative about the possibility of our nation becoming a republic while he was in England for the celebrations.

While the governor general said the queen had a lot of “emotional support” from Australians, he believes that could change under the reign of a new monarch.

“I think the moment people focus on the Queen, and if she goes, if she passes, then the succession comes in, there’s a new discussion in Australia,” Mr Hurley replied.

His comments sparked a massive outcry at home, with Ben Fordham leading the outrage.

Governor General David Hurley (pictured sworn minister Tanya Plibersek) is the monarch's Australian representative

Governor General David Hurley (pictured sworn minister Tanya Plibersek) is the monarch’s Australian representative

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