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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.

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.

Joe Ludwig’s dad shows the real campaign finance agenda

Joe Ludwig’s dad shows the real campaign finance agenda

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

Mayne digs some donations data dirt

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

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

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

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

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

Mayne: Big bank AGMs and the cynical late December club

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

Mayne: Paid journalists' session improves NAB AGM

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

The Manningham Diaries: Woolies spinner sparks pokies bunfight

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.

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

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

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.