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.

November, 2009

Only a Senate inquiry can sort out One.Tel mess

, Nov 19, 2009

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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

, Nov 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

, Nov 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

, Nov 09, 2009

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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

, Nov 05, 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.
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Expansive James Packer goes the full half hour

, Oct 29, 2009

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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

, Oct 02, 2009

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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?

, Sep 29, 2009

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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

, Sep 28, 2009

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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

, Sep 25, 2009

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