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.


Manningham battles Westfield, makes Parliament and tabloids

February 11, 2010 3

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

February 10, 2010

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.

Joe Ludwig’s dad shows the real campaign finance agenda

February 8, 2010 1

The Australian went back over a decade of returns from Labor Holdings Pty Ltd and concluded that this secretive Queensland investment arm has pumped $25 million into the ALP’s federal and state campaigns since 2000.

Mayne digs some donations data dirt

February 1, 2010 3

The annual deluge of political donations data was dropped by the AEC today, containing a stack of interesting revelations. Stephen Mayne sifts through the dirt.

Mayne: Bowen is right on Sons of Gwalia

Mayne: Bowen is right on Sons of Gwalia

January 20, 2010 1

Despite all the bleating by class-action lawyers and the Australian Shareholders’ Association, the government's decision to overturn the Sons of Gwalia High Court decision is no great disaster.

John Durie’s extraordinary Alinta takeover gaffe

John Durie’s extraordinary Alinta takeover gaffe

January 19, 2010

It’s a bit rich to attack CEOs for massaging the numbers and then get them so wrong yourself, as John Durie did today about the Alinta takeover in his analysis of the excessive payout to departing Lihir Gold CEO Arthur Hood in The Oz.

Mayne: Women directors not up to the job, says Chaney

December 23, 2009 3

It's time to shame Australia's corporate boardrooms into action on female representation: there is now a need for legislation, regulation and direct action.

Mayne: Big bank AGMs and the cynical late December club

December 22, 2009

The big banks used to be the masters of cynical pre-Christmas AGM scheduling, but this year, agri-business competitors AWB and Incitec Pivot have stolen the prize -- both planning their AGMs for 2pm on 23 December.

Mayne: Paid journalists’ session improves NAB AGM

December 18, 2009

The National Australia Bank went into uncharted waters at yesterday’s AGM in Brisbane, by paying journalists to conduct a 50-minute pre-meeting discussion with chairman Michael Chaney and CEO Cameron Clyne.

The Manningham Diaries: Woolies spinner sparks pokies bunfight

December 16, 2009 3

Last night at the final Manningham City Council meeting of 2009, pokies giant Woolworths sent one of their spin doctors to the public gallery to ask hostile questions of the shareholder activist turned local politician.