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Articles by Stephen Mayne

Mayne: how Melbourne and Sydney do planning differently

Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy is indeed the most transparent in the state’s history. And he also has a distinct fondness for skyscrapers.

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Mayne: director protests overshadowing remuneration issues at AGMs

Protest votes are on the rise in AGM season. Is it a sign of a wider malaise?

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Mayne: Labor victory would give CFMEU keys to Melbourne’s planning kingdom

The sky’s the limit as far as the control Victoria’s Planning Minister has over new tower approvals. And if Labor wins government in November, that control will go to a member of the construction union.

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Mayne: naming and shaming Victoria’s most secretive councils

Tomorrow, the City of Melbourne will introduce a proposal that would encourage all Victorian councils to produce publicly accessible audio recordings of all their meetings.

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Mayne: why the Senate should not abolish the 100-signature rule for EGMs

Big businesses do not need to be protected from shareholder activists hijacking EGMs, no matter what The Australian says.

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Mayne: why is the Oz spinning for an overpaid and underworked Rinehart?

Gina Rinehart’s abysmal attendance record at Ten Network board meetings has been conveniently omitted from the glowing coverage of her in The Australian.

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Mayne explains City of Melbourne’s $76m property splash

A recent land purchase has Melbourne City Council excited about the prospect of rejuvenating Queen Vic Market’s landscape.

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Companies for old men: the codgers who refuse to let go of their boards

Is it ageist to suggest companies might be better off electing at least a few younger faces to their boards? You know, so we don’t have quite so many executives dying on the job …

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Mayne’s guide to media company AGMs this season

With Peter Costello, Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes all entering the fray, it’s shaping up to be an AGM season of big personalities and even bigger corporate adjustments.

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Mayne: Transurban out-plays Victorian governments of all stripes

City Link has been one of the worst deals any government anywhere has ever negotiated on behalf of its motorists.

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Mayne: Gina Rinehart the wildcard at upcoming Fairfax AGM

Will Roger Corbett be staying on as chairman of the Fairfax board? Or more importantly: does Gina Rinehart want him to?

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Time for Max to face his own axe at Southern Cross

The Southern Cross Media AGM in a couple of weeks is likely to be a boisterous affair, with shareholders having plenty to complain about.

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Eddie Obeid, Wesfarmers, dilutionary placements and an Arrium debacle

The latest deal surrounding agribusiness operator Elders proves that not all shareholders are created equal.

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Mayne: as Crown heads to its AGM, plenty of questions to answer

There are many oddities buried in Crown’s annual report, such as John Alexander’s role on the board and why Andrew Demetriou is not up for election.

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Mayne: 170 business losers take out the trash

Some companies like to wait until the last possible minute to take out the (financial) garbage.

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Mayne: Woodside discloses proxies early, special Shell deal headed for defeat

Early proxies disclosure ahead of “knife-edge” Woodside vote tomorrow sets new precedent for an ASX 100 company.

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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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