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Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Crikey founder

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

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

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

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

Mayne: stand by for annual political donations reveal on Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

Ladbrokes looming regulation in UK a stark contrast to Australian Labor

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

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

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

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

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

Revealed: Fox AGM shows democracy done Rupert Murdoch-style

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

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

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

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

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