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Stephen Mayne — Journalist and <em>Crikey</em> founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Crikey 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 two-time former director of the Australian Shareholders’ Association. Stephen campaigns broadly for transparency, good governance and accountability across the media, business and political sectors. He also spent two years working for The Alliance for Gambling Reform and continues to campaign against the gambling industry.

Coming up swinging: Crikey's (unlikely) tale of survival

Coming up swinging: Crikey's (unlikely) tale of survival

To survive three years was unlikely, to notch up 20 is quite remarkable. Here's how we did it, writes Crikey founder Stephen Mayne.

Built for addiction: Australian gamblers lose $7b a year on Aristocrat's pokies

Built for addiction: Australian gamblers lose $7b a year on Aristocrat's pokies

And yet somehow Chairman Neil Chatfield flatly denies that Aristocrat’s products are built for addiction.

Aristocrat, a heads up: here are my tough AGM questions

Aristocrat, a heads up: here are my tough AGM questions

What's the bet Aristocrat Leisure's board will avoid answering any of these questions?

Maths and Mathias: finance minister needs a lesson on political donations

Maths and Mathias: finance minister needs a lesson on political donations

Mathias Cormann's maths lets him down once again...

Media missing in action on political donations yet again

Media missing in action on political donations yet again

Yesterday's political donation data dump should have been a massive story. So where was the mainstream media?

Grubby political donation laws enable corruption

Grubby political donation laws enable corruption

A federal ICAC inquiring into federal donations would go a long way towards addressing federal rent-seeking and corruption.

How a former Fairfax editor got himself $100 million from the Packers

How a former Fairfax editor got himself $100 million from the Packers

Former Sydney Morning Herald editor John Alexander is a master in pulling in a paycheck — even when he's getting demoted.

Ex-ambo open to offers: Joe Hockey's plans raise questions about life after public service

Ex-ambo open to offers: Joe Hockey's plans raise questions about life after public service

Australia's ambassador to the US has spent four years milking Trump contacts. Now he's off to make truckloads of money.

Is a change in climate coming to News Corp?

Is a change in climate coming to News Corp?

James Murdoch has laid bare divisions on climate crisis within the media empire. Will it amount to any real change?

Spin doctor departs PR firm following Afterpay options controversy

Spin doctor departs PR firm following Afterpay options controversy

Sydney PR consultant Brett Clegg has left high-flying firm Cato & Clegg in an ongoing Afterpay options stoush. And it might just be the tip of the iceberg.