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Articles by Stephen Mayne

Mayne: major miners join the write-down club as Cochlear soars

Mining companies have been thoroughly inconsistent on the write-downs question this season.

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Mayne: Mark Vaile turns $14m into $1m but claims coal’s future is rosy

There’s nothing to justify Whitehaven Coal’s bullish market outlook.

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Mayne: News Corp’s anti-ICAC campaign looking stranger by the day

Why is News Corp so obsessed with sinking NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption?

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Mayne: how the ABC is to blame for Australia’s woeful donation laws

Even our top political journalists and programs fail to cover this most important governance issue.

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Mayne: how the media pushed ASIC to pursue historic insider trading case

A landmark insider trading case was made possible, in part, by some very solid business journalism.

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Mayne: six juicy snippets from political donations data

There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

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Mayne: stars aligning for campaign finance reforms, but media will be key

If the media get on the political donations reform bandwagon, it will hard for Turnbull and Shorten to twiddle their thumbs.

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Mayne: top 10 political donations of all time

As “donation day” approaches, Stephen Mayne reveals his 10 favourite tales about election campaign finance.

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Mayne: stand by for big company asset write-downs

After the collapse in oil prices over the past year, claimed net assets of many companies are now way overblown.

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Mayne: sorting the naughty and nice in corporate Australia

Who gets and elephant stamp and who gets sent to the naughty corner?

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Mayne: how board tilts can bring leverage and governance progress

A practical lesson in the efficacy of board tilts.

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Mayne: how will Lowys handle board renewal at upcoming AGMs?

Frank Lowy and co. are at a crossroads. What they do next will be telling.

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Mayne: how to get the Shell men off the Woodside board?

At the top of Michael Chaney’s “to do” list before retiring is securing Woodside’s independence from 13.6% shareholder Shell.

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Mayne: how to fix the public company AGM

In theory, it’s simple. In practice, not so much.

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Mayne: NSW council mergers are well overdue

Like Jeff Kennett’s before him, Mike Baird’s council amalgamation is a wise move.

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Mayne: ANZ protests round out the corporate democracy season

If anything, boards are becoming less tolerant of retail shareholders.

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Mayne: big protest votes at lively Ten AGM

Ten’s shareholders are not as pliant as the company might like, and they are very unhappy about ongoing payments to Hamish McLennon.

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Mayne: how best to protect good governance when it’s all in the family

Using your position of power to give preferment or benefit to a family member is not normally associated with good governance. Family companies can do it with their own money, but when you are dealing with public companies, not-for-profits or government, it really is best if nepotism at the top is avoided. Rupert Murdoch is arguably […]

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Mayne: East West (plus rail) farce a pox on both their houses

Crikey can exclusively reveal the Lend Lease-led consortium offered a rail alignment to both the Napthine Coalition government and the Andrews Labor government as part of the East West project, but was secretly rebuffed by both.

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Mayne: stand by for the huge Slater and Gordon write-down

Paying too much for acquisitions is the most common way that ASX-listed companies have destroyed capital over the years, but there’s never been an example quite like Quindell.

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Mayne: private equity blackens its name on multiple fronts

The effect of private equity on retail shareholders.

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Mayne: will Westpac be punished for investor rip-off?

The fallout from Westpac’s executive pay controversy will reach a head at next Friday’s AGM.

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In which Stephen Mayne takes on Solomon Lew

Stephen Mayne declared himself to be Premier Investments’ “smallest and tallest” shareholder. Solly Lew was not amused.

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Mayne: the top 25 protest votes this AGM season

Today, we look back on the most memorable protest votes of 2015.

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Mayne: Transurban gets with the capital raising program, but still shockers elsewhere

Retail shareholders have been diluted out of more than $10 billion worth of value over the past eight years courtesy of Australia’s “anything goes” capital raising system.

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