Topic archives: Stephen Mayne

Mayne: Kennett should also say ‘time’s up’, and retire on his 70th birthday

February 15, 2018 20

The former Victorian premier is failing on many metrics but his views on gender prove the times have outgrown the man, writes Stephen Mayne.

Is Doyle trying to prevent the release of the Freckelton report?

February 7, 2018 7

Team Doyle seems to be moving to suppress the publication or broadcast of any more damaging information.

Mayne: stand by for annual political donations reveal on Thursday

January 30, 2018 3

When it comes to transparency and regulation, Australia has the democratic world’s worst system of campaign finance.

Mayne: all signs point to an early exit for alleged sexual harasser Robert Doyle

January 15, 2018 10

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle relied on a network of influential media and PR personalities to secure his mayoralty. Now, it seems, not even they can save him.

Mayne: how an Indigenous woman helped the Victorian Greens make history in Northcote

November 20, 2017 9

A historic win for the Greens in the Northcote byelection came off the back of a volunteer campaign that outperformed Labor's all out blitz on the electorate. What does it mean for the Andrews government fortunes?

The Murdochs aren’t losing control of 21st Century Fox any time soon

and November 13, 2017 1

That said, it's because the company's share structure is dodgy.

When a reformed pokies addict confronted James Packer …

November 2, 2017 5

What follows is a transcript of part of the exchange between reformed pokies addict Anna Bardsley and the Crown board.

Mayne: what to expect at tomorrow’s Crown AGM with James Packer

October 25, 2017 1

What would the detached billionaire say if Mark Robley, the pokies addict featured so dramatically on 7.30 on Monday night, made a surprise appearance?

Will Seven West Media’s $30m dividend next week be its last?

October 13, 2017 1

Seven’s shares hit a record low of 63c last Friday and closed at 64c last night -- -- even as the broader sharemarket hit a three-month high. Things do not look good, write Glenn Dyer and Stephen Mayne.

Another year, another Murdoch family salary rip-off

October 3, 2017 1

When it comes to executive pay, how much is too much for the Murdoch family? Stephen Mayne and Glenn Dyer report.

Mayne: inside the pokies trial as judge takes a stroll down to the Crown gaming floor

September 13, 2017 1

The opening day attracted a full-scale media press conference before proceedings commenced in court 8G of the Federal Court building.

Mayne: Gordon and Murdoch senior unleash blitzkrieg against CBS-Ten deal

September 7, 2017 1

The Murdoch-Gordon camp are trying to come up with every conceivable argument to overturn the CBS deal.

Mayne: a Cormack Foundation-Liberal detente could unseat Dan Andrews

July 14, 2017 4

Just like Malcolm Turnbull’s $1.75 million donation helped save the federal Liberals, a $10 million campaign contribution from Cormack is arguably all Liberal leader Matthew Guy needs to turn Daniel Andrews into a one-term premier.

Mayne: Seven’s triumvirate buy themselves endless Amber Harrison publicity

July 10, 2017 7

By no longer contesting Seven’s claims in court or pursuing her own counter-claims, Harrison has laid down her legal arms and shifted the debate back into the court of public opinion, where she has proven herself to be an effective combatant.

Mayne: politics junkies needing an election fix? NSW has got you covered

July 6, 2017 3

Expect Tony Abbott and a few of his factional enemies to take a keen interest in the new Northern Beaches council, and the giant Inner West council will be a fierce contest between Labor and the Greens.

Mayne: how Ten’s staff can shirk the billionaires and control their own destiny

June 27, 2017 2

Led by veteran reporter Hugh Riminton, the staff yesterday secured three of the 14 positions on the all-powerful Ten creditors committee.

Mayne: 7 current pollies with connections to pokies

June 23, 2017 10

Stephen Mayne gives us the rundown on seven current elected representatives with known gambling industry associations or sympathies

Life after Parliament: the many curious jobs former pollies take up

June 21, 2017 5

And, in Kevin Rudd's case, the job he'd like to take up.

Mayne: will the Brits show some spine and resist Murdoch rent-seeking?

Mayne: will the Brits show some spine and resist Murdoch rent-seeking?

June 20, 2017 4

The Murdochs are masterful rent-seekers when it comes to politically vulnerable Western governments.

Mayne: is the ALP responsible for Australia’s world-record gambling rates?

June 16, 2017 5

The Australian Labor Party, protector of the battler, is going deeper into the addictive poker machine caper to help fund its Canberra political operations.