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Articles by Stephen Mayne

Mayne: Murdoch rent-seeking reaches new high point in Victorian campaign

What the Herald Sun wants, it gets. But should politicians be bullied by a Murdoch tabloid into big spending commitments five days out from an election?

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Mayne: Ten exploits loophole to avoid election for chairman

What to do when a company ignores the importance of a shareholder mandate? Nominate yourself for election every year until the board democratises.

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Mayne: governance issues aplenty for Costello to tackle at Nine

Conflicts of interest ran up against extreme tedium at the Nine Entertainment Company’s recent AGM.

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Murdoch and the Saudi prince: Mayne plots the scenarios

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he “never votes” against Rupert Murdoch. But Crikey’s founder finds that the numbers don’t quite stack up …

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Mayne: even the Saudi Prince has turned on Rupert — not that you’d read it in the media

Rupert Murdoch protected his own at News Corp’s AGM, but if he had not gerrymandered the voting shares, he himself could have been chucked off News Corp’s board.

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Mayne v Murdoch round two: Rupert addresses that infamous Crikey leak

Crikey’s founder certainly brought the hard questions to News Corp’s octogenarian chairman — and it turns out Rupert Murdoch reads Crikey with a close eye.

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Mayne takes on Murdoch in fiery Fox showdown in LA

Rupert Murdoch’s dictatorial control over shareholders is reprehensible for a company that has made billions out of free speech.

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Mayne: Cabcharge investors close ranks as turbulent AGM approaches

Despite what some are calling a “benign” AGM season, Cabcharge seems set on a course for catastrophe.

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Mayne: succession planning challenges for the Commonwealth Bank board

Scandals and secrets within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia leave the board of directors scrambling to find a suitable successor.

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Mayne: a ‘feral’ octogenarian, Gina Rinehart and Malcolm Turnbull walk into an AGM

Fairax AGMs have a long and colourful history, and the most recent outing in Melbourne had its fair share of intrigue.

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Mayne: how Crown prince Packer conquered Melbourne

The Packer family’s historical influence on Victorian politics helps us better understand the upcoming election.

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Mayne: Murdoch salaries hit $600 million — but you wouldn’t read about it

The Oz has revealed that the ABC’s Mark Scott got a pay rise — but the paper is strangely silent on the massive pay packets taken home by the Murdoch family.

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Mayne: sleeping chairman finally agrees to go … in 12 months

As aging Aurizon Holdings chairman John Prescott finally falls on his sword, Stephen Mayne looks around for more dead wood to cut.

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Mayne: how Melbourne and Sydney do planning differently

Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy is indeed the most transparent in the state’s history. And he also has a distinct fondness for skyscrapers.

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Mayne: director protests overshadowing remuneration issues at AGMs

Protest votes are on the rise in AGM season. Is it a sign of a wider malaise?

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Mayne: Labor victory would give CFMEU keys to Melbourne’s planning kingdom

The sky’s the limit as far as the control Victoria’s Planning Minister has over new tower approvals. And if Labor wins government in November, that control will go to a member of the construction union.

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Mayne: naming and shaming Victoria’s most secretive councils

Tomorrow, the City of Melbourne will introduce a proposal that would encourage all Victorian councils to produce publicly accessible audio recordings of all their meetings.

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Mayne: why the Senate should not abolish the 100-signature rule for EGMs

Big businesses do not need to be protected from shareholder activists hijacking EGMs, no matter what The Australian says.

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Mayne: why is the Oz spinning for an overpaid and underworked Rinehart?

Gina Rinehart’s abysmal attendance record at Ten Network board meetings has been conveniently omitted from the glowing coverage of her in The Australian.

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Mayne explains City of Melbourne’s $76m property splash

A recent land purchase has Melbourne City Council excited about the prospect of rejuvenating Queen Vic Market’s landscape.

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Companies for old men: the codgers who refuse to let go of their boards

Is it ageist to suggest companies might be better off electing at least a few younger faces to their boards? You know, so we don’t have quite so many executives dying on the job …

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Mayne’s guide to media company AGMs this season

With Peter Costello, Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes all entering the fray, it’s shaping up to be an AGM season of big personalities and even bigger corporate adjustments.

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Mayne: Transurban out-plays Victorian governments of all stripes

City Link has been one of the worst deals any government anywhere has ever negotiated on behalf of its motorists.

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Mayne: Gina Rinehart the wildcard at upcoming Fairfax AGM

Will Roger Corbett be staying on as chairman of the Fairfax board? Or more importantly: does Gina Rinehart want him to?

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Time for Max to face his own axe at Southern Cross

The Southern Cross Media AGM in a couple of weeks is likely to be a boisterous affair, with shareholders having plenty to complain about.

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