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Articles by Stephen Mayne

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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Mayne: Fairfax and Alan Jones strange bedfellows in radio merger

The merger of Fairfax and Macquarie radio is one of the most under-reported stories from the Christmas-New Year break.

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Mayne: News Corp publishes flattering bio of a billionaire — but which one?

Andrew Rule’s biography on billionaire Kerry Stokes is a curious exercise in vanity publishing.

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Will 2015 mark the beginning of the end for the old boys’ club?

Despite ostensible progress toward diversifying Australian boardrooms with younger blood, many companies continue to appoint older directors.

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Mayne: shareholder resolutions bring big four banks to carbon disclosure table

The formation of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility represents the first serious grassroots attempt to improve shareholder democracy in Australia.

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Mayne: Ten is in big trouble, with takeover still uncertain

Ten has performed woefully in the last year, but shareholders overwhelmingly rejected Crikey’s founder’s board tilt.

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Mayne: Gerry Harvey gets richer while small shareholders shrug

There will be one person who will benefit greatly from Harvey Norman’s latest capital raising — septuagenarian founder Gerry Harvey.

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Mayne: will Retail Food Group join these companies looking out for the little guy?

Gold Coast-based Retail Food Group is offering small investors a great opportunity — but will it do the right thing if the offer is over-subscribed?

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Mayne: Packer backed Andrews — now how about a new Crown hotel?

James Packer gave his support to Daniel Andrews during the election campaign, and now it seems it’s time to pay the piper.

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Mayne: ANZ shareholders shine a light on biggest financier of fossil fuels

As the biggest financier of fossil fuels in Australia, ANZ can’t afford to conceal its role in GHG emissions from shareholders.

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Mayne: DUET Group shows how not to treat retail investors

Sydney-based utilities company DUET Group have consistently shafted retail investors while raising millions in capital after the GFC.

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Mayne: Andrews’ unsustainable promises could cost Victoria its AAA rating

The Labor Left is very good and making costly promises, but will it be able to keep them without breaking the bank?

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Mayne: rift between retail shareholders and the big end of town must close

A lot of Australian retail shareholders don’t bother to vote because they feel swamped by institutional shareholders, but new ASX rules could change that.

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Mayne: the 233 companies taking out the trash with last-minute AGMs

Companies have until five weeks out from the end of the year to hold their AGMs, and guess what? More than 200 of them held them on the very last day possible.

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