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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 for almost 15 years 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.

Why this week's Crown Resorts AGM is a big deal

Why this week's Crown Resorts AGM is a big deal

Crown is a company that famously shuns the spotlight. But following big splashes in the Nine papers, regular hits by whistleblowers and staff revolt, Thursday's meeting of shareholders is shaping up to be quite the show.

Ahmed Fahour courts controversy with another massive pay packet

Ahmed Fahour courts controversy with another massive pay packet

Consumer finance business Latitude are pursuing a public float. But the transition might be tough for CEO Ahmed Fahour given the controversy over his massive pay packet.

Board to death: how long should company directors hang around?

Board to death: how long should company directors hang around?

Some Australian chairmen and directors have been sitting on boards for decades. When is it time to move on?

Where's the News Corp front page on Murdoch's extravagant salary?

Where's the News Corp front page on Murdoch's extravagant salary?

The Herald Sun loves to challenge Australia's powerful for pocketing hefty pay cheques. Unless, of course, it's the powerful people running News Corp.

We need to talk about Peter

We need to talk about Peter

The decision of Nine to host a fundraiser for the Liberal Party raises serious questions about the company's political bias and casts fresh scrutiny on the chairmanship of Peter Costello.

It's crunch time for Kerry Stokes

It's crunch time for Kerry Stokes

Controlling media assets is often more about the power and prestige than the actual dollars. But can Kerry Stokes keep tolerating this?

Transurban is raking in cash — and it's great news for the Liberal Party

Transurban is raking in cash — and it's great news for the Liberal Party

Road developer Transurban has secured lucrative deals with state governments. Now it's raking in billions in tolls, and the Libs are directly benefiting. How is this not a conflict of interest?

Nine goes all in on Crown revelations, but will the house win?

Nine goes all in on Crown revelations, but will the house win?

Nine's burst of negative publicity for Crown will squeeze traditionally passive state-based gambling regulators and the federal authorities -- particularly Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton.

If commercial TV has any credibility at all, Calombaris must go 

If commercial TV has any credibility at all, Calombaris must go 

George Calombaris' offences are a direct affront to the food industry that both he and MasterChef purport to support and glorify. Network Ten must make a stand.

RSL Victoria's masterclass on how not to run an AGM

RSL Victoria's masterclass on how not to run an AGM

For an organisation that represents soldiers who risked their lives to defend Australian freedom and democracy, the RSL should think about practicing some freedom and democracy of its own.