Charity vows to ‘ensure it never happens again’ after Karen Hayes featured in ads praising treasurer as an ‘amazing supporter’

Guide Dogs Victoria has stood down its chief executive, Karen Hayes, after she appeared in ads endorsing the treasurer Josh Frydenberg, with the charity’s board saying it wants to “ensure it never happens again”.

Frydenberg, who pulled the ads after a complaint from Guide Dogs Victoria last week, said the charity’s decision to stand Hayes down pending an investigation was “extremely disappointing”, praising Hayes as “highly effective and widely respected”.

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