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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.

Excessive debt sees Kerry Stokes labelled 'former billionaire'

Excessive debt sees Kerry Stokes labelled 'former billionaire'

The Camp Stokes roadshow swung through Melbourne yesterday but there was no attempt to make contact with Crikey or the shareholder activist who has gone half a dozen rounds with the former billionaire at various AGMs over the years.

How debt-laden Coates Hire takeover hurt Kerry Stokes

How debt-laden Coates Hire takeover hurt Kerry Stokes

Just because Kerry Stokes wants to pay down some private debt without triggering a big tax bill through a capital return of Seven’s cash doesn't mean that institutional investors should be dragged along to create a hotch-potch conglomerate.

Brumby’s special hardware deals for pokies giant

Brumby’s special hardware deals for pokies giant

No company has benefited more from the Victorian Labor Government than Australia’s biggest pokies operator, Woolworths, which just loves Brumby’s new gaming industry rules.

Revealed: <em>Crikey</em> lavished $200 on Conroy at black-tie journos dinner

Revealed: Crikey lavished $200 on Conroy at black-tie journos dinner

Stephen Conroy is under the pump for his extracurricular affairs with media moguls, but he has them with journos too he says. It's true: in March 2003, Senator Conroy was a guest on the Crikey-funded table at the Melbourne Press Club’s Quill awards. Uh oh.

Revealed: The $58m share portfolio that can topple Brumby

Revealed: The $58m share portfolio that can topple Brumby

After the surprisingly large 12% swing against Labor in Saturday’s Altona by-election, Victorian Liberals are suddenly feeling they are in the contest at the November state election -- and Ted Baillieu has an ace up his sleeve...

Mayne: from Jeffed to Crikey – how it all began 10 years ago

Mayne: from Jeffed to Crikey – how it all began 10 years ago

The family popped in for pizza last night wearing our Crikey shirts and it was amusing to consider what the 150 guests were told 10 years earlier.

The very first edition of <em>Crikey</em>

The very first edition of Crikey

Celebrate 15 years of Crikey by reliving the very first edition, in all its muck-raking, fluro-coloured glory.

A tale of drinking, driving and bloody idiots

A tale of drinking, driving and bloody idiots

Some nice confected tabloid outrage at the increasingly negative Herald Sun today, with a cover story of a drink driving charge from seven years ago. Compare that to a rather similar drink driving story about the Hun's own editor.

Manningham battles Westfield, makes Parliament and tabloids

Manningham battles Westfield, makes Parliament and tabloids

With planning likely to be a hot issue at the November 27 state election, it will be interesting to see if the Brumby government ploughs ahead backing these two controversial projects in Manningham.

How corporate elections work: Rio Tinto case study

How corporate elections work: Rio Tinto case study

We should celebrate the fact that Rio Tinto is belatedly getting on with the job of board room renewal and accountability -- albeit without fixing the glaring lack of Australian directors at a company that generates a majority of its profit from Australia.