Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne founded Crikey in February 2000, and has remained as a contributor since selling it in 2005. He’s a former political staffer and local government councillor who also pursues shareholder advocacy as a director of the Australian Shareholders’ Association and campaigns broadly for transparency and accountability across the media, business and political sectors.


After an unfair coup, Grant King should be re-appointed to the BHP board

June 13, 2018 2

Grant King's ignominious exit from the BHP Billiton board may have been a big moment for director accountability in Australia, but it was an entirely inconsistent one.

Mayne: could AMP have made any more mistakes?

May 11, 2018 3

It seems unbelievable that AMP could make so many tactical mistakes and yet they keep coming.

Mayne: could this be the end of Melbourne’s three-decade run of male lord mayors?

April 11, 2018

Of the fourteen candidates nominated for Melbourne's mayoral election, six of them are women, and several of those are front-runners. Will it be enough to get a woman in Melbourne's hot seat?

Doyle is finished, but what about the men who supported him?

March 14, 2018 30

Release of details from the Freckleton report into disgraced Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle has all but buried his chances of recovery, though the fate of the powerful men who enabled him is less certain.

Canadian gambling giant Stars Group ploughs into Australia

March 7, 2018

As others flee, we now have a new player in Australian betting. What will they mean for our shifting gambling landscape?

Mayne: Kennett should also say ‘time’s up’, and retire on his 70th birthday

February 15, 2018 20

The former Victorian premier is failing on many metrics but his views on gender prove the times have outgrown the man, writes Stephen Mayne.

Is Doyle trying to prevent the release of the Freckelton report?

February 7, 2018 7

Team Doyle seems to be moving to suppress the publication or broadcast of any more damaging information.

Gambling donations approach $2 million and that’s before looking at the dark money

February 1, 2018 2

With the release of 2016-17 political donations data, the gambling industry proved once again that it's driving dark money in politics.

Mayne: stand by for annual political donations reveal on Thursday

January 30, 2018 3

When it comes to transparency and regulation, Australia has the democratic world’s worst system of campaign finance.

Mayne: all signs point to an early exit for alleged sexual harasser Robert Doyle

January 15, 2018 10

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle relied on a network of influential media and PR personalities to secure his mayoralty. Now, it seems, not even they can save him.

Mayne: watch for the Murdoch sell-down out of Disney

December 20, 2017 1

Will the Murdochs sit on a $10 billion stake in a company they have no control over, or will we see a fire-sale and a new generation of the family enriched?

Ladbrokes looming regulation in UK a stark contrast to Australian Labor

December 11, 2017 3

Ever heard of a takeover bid where the amount of cash paid to shareholders is contingent on an upcoming regulatory decision? That’s what British gambling giants GVC and Ladbrokes came up with last week as they attempt to create a $10 billion gambling behemoth amidst a regulatory crackdown in the UK. Ladbrokes, one of the […]

Mayne: major parties ram through another $70 billion in pokies losses

December 1, 2017 13

Extraordinary scene in Victorian Parliament as the pokies lobby had another win.

Mayne: how an Indigenous woman helped the Victorian Greens make history in Northcote

November 20, 2017 9

A historic win for the Greens in the Northcote byelection came off the back of a volunteer campaign that outperformed Labor's all out blitz on the electorate. What does it mean for the Andrews government fortunes?

Revealed: Fox AGM shows democracy done Rupert Murdoch-style

November 16, 2017 4

Murdoch showed again today his shareholders shouldn't have a voice. Here's a full list of former AGMs that went much the same way.

The Murdochs aren’t losing control of 21st Century Fox any time soon

November 13, 2017 1

That said, it's because the company's share structure is dodgy.

It’s the battle of the progressives in Northcote as Labor pulls out all stops

November 10, 2017 3

Will the Greens nab another inner-city Melbourne seat from the Labor party?

Breaking: Arrested Saudi Prince sells key $US1 billion voting stake in 21st Century Fox

November 8, 2017 4

What does the shock sale, which comes in the wake of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's arrest, signal for the Murdoch empire's fortunes?

When a reformed pokies addict confronted James Packer …

November 2, 2017 5

What follows is a transcript of part of the exchange between reformed pokies addict Anna Bardsley and the Crown board.

Mayne: what to expect at tomorrow’s Crown AGM with James Packer

October 25, 2017 1

What would the detached billionaire say if Mark Robley, the pokies addict featured so dramatically on 7.30 on Monday night, made a surprise appearance?