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.


Greens, DLP and women line up to skewer Moreland’s blokey Labor faction

December 14, 2009 2

The bond developed between Victoria's Moreland councillors could make the preference arrangements at next year's state election very interesting, judging by actions at the latest council meeting.

Channel Ten scores zero for AGM democracy

December 11, 2009

Channel 10's contempt for shareholder democracy was on display at its AGM yesterday as directors used the notorious “no vacancy rort” to make it statistically impossible to get elected.

Mayne: How I was denied the Manningham mayoral robes

December 9, 2009

Another day, another contested election defeat! That’s 42 and counting. However, as The Age reported this morning, the ballot to see who would be full-time major of Manningham City Council in 2010 came down to a knife-edge 5-4 vote. You would think that Kevin Andrews’ safe federal seat of Menzies in Melbourne’s leafy eastern suburbs […]

Woolworths reeling, when will they fold on pokies?

Woolworths reeling, when will they fold on pokies?

November 27, 2009 10

Never before have Woolworths chairman James Strong and CEO Michael Luscombe been forced to engage in such detail about their iniquitous 12,000-strong pokies operation.

Three cheers for Channel Seven, time for Mike Rann to resign

November 23, 2009 22

Last week was arguably the second most dramatic time a state premier has contacted Kerry Stokes attempting to stop a potentially career-ending story from going to air.

Only a Senate inquiry can sort out One.Tel mess

November 19, 2009 7

Whilst ASIC has received the mother of all beltings in today’s papers for the failure to string up former One.Tel CEO Jodee Rich, more attention should be focused on the role played by Australia’s politicians and the Murdoch and Packer families.

Fairfax AGM: coming last and loving it

November 11, 2009

Guess what? I got 42 million Fairfax votes in favour of my board tilt! And, err, 1.37 billion against. Stephen Mayne on coming last.

Tilts, taunts, shaftings and media moguls

November 10, 2009

Yesterday’s Seven Network AGM produced the biggest booty of interesting exchanges that its billionaire proprietor Kerry Stokes has ever served up.

With Roger Corbett, it’s a question of character

November 9, 2009 1

Roger Corbett’s Christian values didn’t appear to count for much when the opportunity presented for Woolies to leap into the pokies business. Why is the anti-gambling Salvation Army associated with someone who actively supports pokies?

Another year, another Telstra rave fest

November 5, 2009

While the whole experience was very frustrating for shareholders who wanted to hold the board to account, the AGM was a PR success for Telstra, with minimum scrutiny of the board's performance.