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Articles by Stephen Mayne

A gerrymander to make Sir Joh proud: how the Time Warner deal would cement the Murdoch clan

What happens next is difficult to predict as Time Warner offer dwarfs all other bids in Murdoch’s acquisition history.

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BRW Rich List: Rinehart, Palmer’s fortunes fall, but Fairfax falls the most

The Rich 200 List used to be a must-read for those interested in the rich and (sometimes) famous. But Fairfax’s slimmed-down effort now offers very little detail.

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Labor could have headed chaplains off at the pass

The High Court’s declared the federal government’s funding of chaplaincy programs in state schools unconstitutional. It’s another sign the constitution needs serious reform.

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Mayne: compulsory civic service not such a bad idea

Venture capitalist Mark Carnegie raised eyebrows when he called for compulsory civic service in the inaugural Di Gribble Argument last night. Stephen Mayne was there for the bunfight.

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Mayne: why last week’s vote on Westfield (and Lowy) should stand

Westfield Retail Trust heads to court today. Here’s the case for why the process is all wrong.

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Murdoch moves: Lachlan lured back, but which office does he get?

Lachlan Murdoch could be back stalking the halls of Holt Street within days. Rupert Murdoch’s succession planning throws a spanner into the presumed media merger plays in Australia.

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Red tape cut or gift to business? Shareholder activism harder than you think

The government wants to make it harder for shareholders to call an extraordinary general meeting. But the reason cited is a phantom, and the government should look elsewhere to ‘cut red tape’.

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As Abbott cuts Qantas adrift, look to the airline share registers

For all the gnashing of teeth and exhortations to action, the government has done very little about Qantas — other than allowing Virgin to unfairly stack the deck.

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Mayne: conflicts of interest and the financial services inquiry

Is there a potential conflict of interest for former Commonwealth Bank CEO David Murray when he conducts a review of Australia’s financial system?

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Murdoch family civil war, but don’t write off Rupert yet

The relationship revelations from within the Murdoch family have been particularly juicy over the summer, but those writing off Rupert are doing so prematurely.

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Foreign airlines snaffle an extra 3.88% of Virgin for $51.6m

Is foreign investment the evil it is made out to be? You’d be surprised at how many companies rely on it for capital raising.

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Explaining Abbott’s double slug on Australian investors

Slugging big, rich ASX-listed companies may have seemed smart three years ago, but targeting millions of shareholders who own them is another thing. Tony Abbott has it wrong on paid parental leave.

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The smart business move is get the hell out of print

James Packer is right to slam Macquarie Group CEO Nicholas Moore for a series of poor business decisions. Print media, as the investors should know by now, doesn’t pay.

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Ugly billionaires dance on grave of independent journalism

James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch dance on the grave of Fairfax while its newspapers fail to properly scrutinise their power and influence. The recent story of Fairfax is one of independence cut short.

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O’Farrell breaks promise, gifts $250m to Packer in two days

The market loves the deal to give James Packer’s Crown a new casino licence in Sydney. But NSW taxpayers aren’t on as safe a bet as they think they are.

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News Corp divorce: ASX trading reveals unclean cuts

News Corporation has begun trading its two new entities on the Australian stock exchange. Regulators should closely at the de-merger, and future takeover targets of Rupert Murdoch.

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Barnaby and Albo hug hides division on local govt

The major parties have agreed to push the “yes” case on constitutional recognition of local government, right? Well it’s not so simple, as delegates at a large local government pow-wow in Canberra learnt first-hand.

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Feeney under assault from all sides in Batman preselection

A high-profile mayor has entered Labor’s race for the safe seat of Batman. Senator David Feeney’s prospects of moving to the lower house are now taking blows from both sides.

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Reward for labour? Westfield boys should be docked — here’s how

The Lowys say they’ve deserved their $300 million in cash over two decades to run Westfield. Shareholders might disagree, and there’s a course of action if they do.

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Murdochs, Packers and Lowys take different paths to power and wealth

The Murdochs, Packers and Lowys were once the wealthiest families in Australia. The mining boom gave rise to the likes of Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer, who exercise their power in very different ways.

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Are the Lowys worth their $300m salaries?

The Lowy family still continue to draw millions from Westfield, which is extraordinary. But now shareholders are thinking about putting a stop to it.

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News Ltd bites hand that feeds local paper network

The line from News Limited on recognising local government in the constitution doesn’t make much sense given the value of councils to the company’s vast community newspaper network.

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Rinehart gets on board Melbourne’s campaign to lure Rio home

It’s not often that Stephen Mayne and Gina Rinehart agree. But they’ve found common ground in urging mining giant Rio Tinto, which has recently slashed its Melbourne workforce, to relocate its headquarters from London to Australia.

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Under Murdoch, Ten sprays bullets in all directions

The Ten Network is in deep despair with an enormous job for new CEO Hamish McLennan ahead. So why is the company firing off legal letters around commentary of its woes?

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Decision time for PM’s promise on council referendum vote

The Prime Minister faces a decision on whether to put local government recognition to a referendum. The Municipal Association of Victoria is currently hosting the debate.

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