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.


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.

Expansive James Packer goes the full half hour

Expansive James Packer goes the full half hour

October 29, 2009 3

The man who used to like two-minute chairman addresses went on for half-an-hour at yesterday's Crown AGM, boasting of PBL's recent performance and making some pre-emptive attacks against the anti-pokies lobby.

Fairfax recruit highlights new employer’s no-vacancy rort

October 2, 2009 2

The so-called no-vacancy rule makes getting on a public company board impossible for outsiders. Forcing institutions to disclose how they vote will further expose the old boys' network, starting with Fairfax.

When will News expose the Evans/Fairfax conflict, Terry?

September 29, 2009 1

With a Murdoch associate on the Fairfax board, the hands of News Limited commentators are tied, which is why commentary on Ron Walker leaving has been particularly quiet.

Corporates clear the ASX trash on Grand Final Eve

September 28, 2009 2

From Computershare to Macquarie, the time-honoured practice of dropping bad news when no-one is looking was on display again last Friday. So here's what you may have missed...

Fairfax knee-cappings and The AFR’s power lunch

September 25, 2009

The AFR Magazine today has produced its annual Power edition, which is a great read but misses a few key points.

Will Kirk’s $4 million farewell be the end of Ron Walker?

September 4, 2009 4

After six years on the Fairfax Media board, the last four as chairman, Ron Walker looks like he’s doing a John Howard in attempting to stay one term too many.

Property the biggest loser in worst ever earnings year

Property the biggest loser in worst ever earnings year

September 4, 2009

2008-09 was the most dire reporting season in living memory, says Stephen Mayne. And the big Australian property players -- not banks -- led the losses with $17.24 billion of net losses after tax.

Kennett, Bracks, Jeffed — it’s 10th anniversary season

September 3, 2009 5

This is a big call, no doubt, but Jeff Kennett led one of the most reformist and revolutionary governments in any stable western democracy over the past 50 years.