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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.


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?

Salmon giant Tassal needs to admit it’s losing the war on climate change

October 24, 2017 13

Tasmanian salmon farming giant Tassal has been beleaguered by falling domestic prices and environmental negligence. What can the giant do to mend its ways?

Mayne: Murdoch’s support of James Packer reaches peak saturation

October 23, 2017 4

The Weekend Australian dedicated 8800 words to the Crown exec, arguably the greatest broadside of Packer content since Kerry Packer's death in 2005

Mayne: how does a long-suffering Tigers fan get a grand final ticket?

September 25, 2017 6

Stephen Mayne is desperate for a grand final ticket -- and there's not much he won't do for one, including writing this plea.

Mayne: inside the pokies trial as judge takes a stroll down to the Crown gaming floor

September 13, 2017 1

The opening day attracted a full-scale media press conference before proceedings commenced in court 8G of the Federal Court building.

Mayne: Gordon and Murdoch senior unleash blitzkrieg against CBS-Ten deal

September 7, 2017 1

The Murdoch-Gordon camp are trying to come up with every conceivable argument to overturn the CBS deal.

Mayne: CBS has Ten in the bag, now for some Lachlan Murdoch accountability?

September 5, 2017 5

Lachlan Murdoch is currently wearing far too many hats at Ten as a supplier, shareholder, financier, former chair, former CEO, board controller, advertising sales agent, competitor and bidder.

Vale Paul Bendat: anti-pokies activist, philanthropist, friend

August 21, 2017 3

Paul Bendat was a successful businessman, but more importantly he was passionately moral and generous. Stephen Mayne reflects on a life devoted to pokies reform, philanthropy and endeavour towards a better world.

Tim Worner’s time as Seven West CEO should be up. But somehow isn’t …

August 17, 2017 4

Seven West CEO Tim Worner has dragged the scandal of his affair with Amber Harrison through courts both legal and of public opinion. For the sake of his company it is time to put this matter to bed.

Mayne: four high-profile men with a yuuge conflict of interest problem

July 31, 2017 2

It is possible to wear two hats at once, but the problem comes when there is a lack of disclosure.