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GLENN DYER | PLAYERS | 1

Kerry Stokes will be asking Santa for a much better 2015

The billionaire is under attack on four fronts, with the media business and oil and gas draining his wealth.

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ADAM SCHWAB | PLAYERS | 1 UNLOCK?

Adam Schwab’s business winners and losers of 2014

From spectacular collapses to executives who never give up, 2014 was a busy year in the business pages. Let’s look at those who made it all possible.

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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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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS | 3 UNLOCK?

The 2014 Crikeys: Thodey, Gonski get the business gongs

Crikey’s business reporter shares his thoughts on the best and worst of the business world in 2014.

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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS | 25

Telstra wins, we all lose in NBN deal

We’ll get the broadband network we can afford — and unfortunately, we can’t afford much.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS | UNLOCK?

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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BERNARD KEANE | PLAYERS | 6

After five years of waiting, Murray delivers (some of) the goods

Long in the making, the Murray inquiry is a worthy successor to previous financial sector inquiries, and Joe Hockey deserves credit for it.

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PLAYERS | 1

Rupert sells voting shares — is this a Lachlan bailout?

Why has Rupert Murdoch taken the unusual step of selling over $100 million worth of his voting shares in 21st Century Fox? Crikey founder Stephen Mayne and business commentator Glenn Dyer explain.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS | 4

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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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS | 1

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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PADDY MANNING | PLAYERS | 13

Meet the finance academic preaching AGL-onomics

Is Queensland’s electricity grid caught in a death spiral due to its use of solar power? There are some flaws in the good professor’s argument …

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS | 22

Mayne: Murdoch rent-seeking reaches new high point in Victorian campaign

What the Herald Sun wants, it gets. But should politicians be bullied by a Murdoch tabloid into big spending commitments five days out from an election?

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Murdoch and the Saudi prince: Mayne plots the scenarios

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he “never votes” against Rupert Murdoch. But Crikey’s founder finds that the numbers don’t quite stack up …

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Mayne: even the Saudi Prince has turned on Rupert — not that you’d read it in the media

Rupert Murdoch protected his own at News Corp’s AGM, but if he had not gerrymandered the voting shares, he himself could have been chucked off News Corp’s board.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne v Murdoch round two: Rupert addresses that infamous Crikey leak

Crikey’s founder certainly brought the hard questions to News Corp’s octogenarian chairman — and it turns out Rupert Murdoch reads Crikey with a close eye.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne takes on Murdoch in fiery Fox showdown in LA

Rupert Murdoch’s dictatorial control over shareholders is reprehensible for a company that has made billions out of free speech.

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Mayne: Cabcharge investors close ranks as turbulent AGM approaches

Despite what some are calling a “benign” AGM season, Cabcharge seems set on a course for catastrophe.

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Mayne: succession planning challenges for the Commonwealth Bank board

Scandals and secrets within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia leave the board of directors scrambling to find a suitable successor.

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GLENN DYER | PLAYERS |

Hacking, bribery fallout fells more Murdoch journos

There is bad news all round for Rupert Murdoch’s UK papers, with two journalists convicted of bribery and phone hacking, the “fake sheikh” under the microscope and The Sun’s sales falling to a 43-year-low.

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ADAM SCHWAB | PLAYERS |

Hail to the chief: the top five CEOs money can buy

It pays to remember that not all CEOs are driven by avarice and self-interest. Presenting the five most investor-friendly CEOs in Australia …

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

Mayne: sleeping chairman finally agrees to go … in 12 months

As aging Aurizon Holdings chairman John Prescott finally falls on his sword, Stephen Mayne looks around for more dead wood to cut.

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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: 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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Tinkler’s studs go to auction, with creditors — and the ATO — lining up

Former billionaire Nathan Tinkler will try to unload four horse properties — but with numerous outstanding debts, it’s unlikely Tinkler will get to keep much of the cash. Property Observer’s Jonathan Chancellor and Crikey’s Paddy Manning report.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PLAYERS |

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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