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Articles by Stephen Mayne

Mayne: revealing the top listed chairs who were rushed into the job

The Australian Shareholders’ Association recommends someone be on a board for three to four years before nailing the top spot, but here are some chairs who got their feet under the desk quick smart.

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Mayne: has Slaters gone OTT with $1.225b takeover splurge in UK?

Slater and Gordon wans to buy UK legal business Quindell’s for $1.225 billion. Has it bitten off more than it can chew?

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Mayne: Corbett finally backs a successor at Fairfax

It can be tricky to find a suitable board replacement for yourself, but Roger Corbett has finally done it.

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Exclusive: Gerry Harvey gets richer while small shareholders miss out

Gerry Harvey’s small shareholders did not take up the opportunity to participate in an equity raising at a heavily discounted price. But Harvey himself sure did.

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Mayne: how much cash will in-the-money Macquarie SPP attract?

Is the Millionaire Factory sharing the wealth?

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Mayne: time to end the Murdoch-Packer Network Ten soap opera

Rupert Murdoch wants to bail his son Lachlan out of floundering Ten. But those pesky media ownership laws are making it tricky …

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Mayne: Turnbull should pursue media reform, despite leaks and his pro-Murdoch PM

Despite being harangued over a damaging leak, Malcolm Turnbull is right to start thinking about media reform. Whether he’ll be able to get the PM and his old mate Rupert Murdoch on board is quite another matter.

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Mayne: Hun happy to ignore handouts when it suits the Murdochs

The Sunday Herald Sun has criticised Melbourne City Council for what it sees as lavish expenditure. But it wasn’t too concerned when ratepayers were forced to subsidise Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s funeral.

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Mayne: why Fairfax should walk away from 2GB merger

Fairfax should consider all the implications of a business merger before it jumps into bed with 2GB and John Singleton.

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Mayne: Crown proposes to expand casino precinct with new skyscraper

James Packer hopes to build another skyscraper across the road from the existing Crown complex in Melbourne.

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Not dead yet! Skywhale artist says she will fly again

New ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr accidentally killed off Canberra’s famous Skywhale last week, but the artist behind the creation explains she’s not going anywhere.

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Mayne: blocking foreign investment? Xu gotta be kidding me!

Why would a supposedly pro-business federal government be so intent on restricting foreign investment in Australia?

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Mayne: Herald Sun climate travel hypocrisy exposed

On climate change, the Herald Sun preferences the blinkered denialism of extreme-right commentators like the IPA’s John Roskam. So why does the paper send reporters on junkets to pro-climate action events?

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Mayne: Rupert and Jeff Kennett open up on Twitter

Crikey’s founder has a direct interaction with the most powerful man in the media world.

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Crikey 15: the very first edition of Crikey

What did Crikey look like on Valentine’s Day 2000?

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Mayne: Rupert says good night, sweet prince

News Corp columnists keep telling us that Murdoch is no control freak — so why are they so reluctant to criticise their boss?

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Mayne: which corporations donated to put Tony Abbott in The Lodge?

There are no limits as to who can give money to Australia’s political parties, and only donations over $12,400 have to be reported. Here are some of the companies that helped elect Tony Abbott.

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Mayne: can Newman win his defamation case against Alan Jones?

Crikey’s founder draws some interesting parallels between Jeff Kennett and Campbell Newman’s defamation lawsuit.

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Mayne: Jones and Millner, Sydney’s crankiest autocrats go toe-to-toe in Qld election

Two Liberal party stalwarts, shock jock Alan Jones and New Hope Coal chairman Robert Millner, are at political loggerheads over the looming Queensland election.

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Mayne: Queensland privatisation will not be mired in corporate cronyism

Calm down — privatising some state assets does not mean Bjelke-Petersen-style brown paper bags of cash.

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Mayne: how boards shirk disclosure requirements and hide executive pay

Companies are meant to disclose the remuneration packages of their key management personnel. The problem is, it is up to the companies themselves to decide who qualifies.

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What do shareholders know about Fairfax’s property dealings?

It took Anthony Catalano just five years to make $25 million out of Fairfax. But shareholders haven’t been given the full details, writes Stephen Mayne.

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Mayne: Newman must kick assets to reduce Qld’s debt

Privatisation has always been the most effective method of moving state budgets back into the black.

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Mayne: AFR spins it for Westfield, Lowy

Questionable journalistic practices abound in The Australian Financial Review’s coverage of the recent Westfield restructure.

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Mayne: thin-skinned Stokes’ blunders on display after failed bid to block biography

Kerry Stokes’ thin-skinned decision to meet biography with biography backfired spectacularly, with more of the media mogul’s private life before the public eye than ever.

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