In a first for corporate Australia, the Woolworths board were forced to use open proxies to stop Crikey getting onto the board after a majority of shareholders backed his candidacy. But Woolies company secretary has contested Crikey's version of events.
Gerry Harvey, Australia's fifth billionaire, does not like much debate at his AGMs. In fact, Crikey was the first person ever to disturb one when we popped in for a visit last week.
The Commonwealth Bank tilt is based on the rationale of exposing their dodgy cash for comment relationship with Alan Jones and pressuring them to become a more activist fund manager.
If you want a summary of the board campaigns madness then read this story and you'll know exactly what we're doing and why, regardless of what the companies concerned are choosing to tell their shareholders.
Despite all the scandals, it looks like the Australian and American host broadcasters of the Olympics are going to recoup their investment and have a great party on their boats.
Each year BRW puts out its rich List which is way too soft on most of big powerful business types. Crikey likes to put our richest under a more questioning microscope and in this edition have added Mal Tunbull, Joe Gutnick, Doug Moran, Peter Scanlan and Billy Ireland.
Outsourcing of IT services has been a trend for the past decade or so. Many of our large corporations have gone this path. When the government changed in 1996, outsourcing of government IT was inevitable.
With the approaching Sydney Olympics, Australia has the best chance in recent times to show the rest of the world there is more to the country than those time-worn cliches the Australian Tourist Bureau and Qantas have been serving up for decades.
Brown cardigans might well inspire the corporate imagery at Ron Walker's new bank, assuming the Melbourne businessman can organise the resources and approvals to take on the four or five firms which control Australia's financial sector.