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Articles by Stephen Mayne

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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Another year, another round of media failures on campaign finance

The release of donations data should be one of the year’s biggest dumps of hot political news. It’s high time the mainstream media stopped turning a blind eye and started asking questions.

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Now’s the time to secure Rio Tinto HQ for Australia

Gina Rinehart has called for it, and it makes a lot of sense: bringing Rio Tinto home. Applying some board pressure could force new CEO Sam Walsh to shift HQ to Perth.

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How Citi and Network Ten’s cabal of billionaires shafted retail investors

Ten Network Holdings is offering a bargain basement four-for-five share offer at 20c tomorrow. Shareholders might be advised to get involved.

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If Lachlan wasn’t a Murdoch, he’d be gone from Ten

With the Ten Network in the doldrums and solutions thin on the floor of the AGM yesterday, time’s up for chairman Lachlan Murdoch. He’s just not up to the task.

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Media cuddles up to Packer with few hard questions

James Packer is getting a dream run from the media on his plans for a Sydney casino. Why isn’t anyone asking harder questions about his strategy?

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Mayne: the real story behind the Cochlear pay revolt

A shareholder revolt against the issuing of options to Cochlear’s CEO elicited some interesting information at the company’s AGM yesterday.

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Mayne: why the Big Four banks should be brought to heel

The story of the Commonwealth Bank’s extraordinary profits is one of market share, market power, credit quality and huge volume growth on home loans ever since Paul Keating introduced compulsory superannuation.

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Mayne: our biz performance well behind Olympic record

Market capitalisation of listed companies is arguably the best public measure of who is creating private wealth in our globalised world — and it correlates reasonably well against the Olympics medal count.

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Mayne: how a rainbow coalition saved ALP in Melbourne

There may have been a record 16 candidates in the Melbourne byelection but only two them bothered to turn up for this morning’s formal declaration of the poll. It told the tale of the tape.

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Could a Greens-Lib deal knock off Danby, Ferguson, Shorten?

If the Victorian Liberals were smart at the next federal election they could do a deal with the Greens to shore up Bandt in Melbourne and undermine some key Labor Right ministers who are particularly hostile to the Greens.

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Green-hating News Ltd confirms Howes on the payroll

Ever since Senator John Faulkner told Paul Howes to “put a sock in it” last Sunday, the frenetic media tart, AWU national secretary and political kingmaker has been surprisingly quiet.

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Mayne: ALP dossier attacks supporter as ‘Green stooge’

In terms of own goals, the Labor Right war machine has reached new levels of productivity in attacks on its own supporters in the Melbourne byelection.

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