Stephen Mayne,

Stephen Mayne

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Past articles by Stephen:

Rupert Murdoch paid more than $33 million from family-controlled companies, figures show

With two executive chairman roles to his name at News Corp and Fox Corp, 91-year-old Rupert took home a tidy sum. β†’ Read More

James Packer ruins Peter Costello's birthday bash with allegations about 'secret $300k lobbying'

It has been claimed by James Packer that Peter Costello was secretly paid $300,000 by him or on his behalf to lobby Victoria's gaming minister, and seemingly failed to deliver. β†’ Read More

Revealed: how ANZ plans to shaft its own shareholders

ANZ seemed to have done everything right by its 550,000 small shareholders, but now it plans unprecedented cash hoarding. β†’ Read More

Coalition loves showering public companies with taxpayers' money. How does that sit with budget repair?

From lavish federal grant-giving to misspent millions in JobKeeper, the government seems more spendthrift than scrupulous. β†’ Read More

Murdoch empire borrows US$100m from state-owned Bank of China

Despite his media operations slamming Xi Jinping's regime, the Murdochs accepted a megamillion-dollar loan from the government-run bank. β†’ Read More

Murdochs' Australian radio empire widens, using friends Here, There and Everywhere

Ever so quietly, the Murdoch family has expanded its radio interests via a separate company chaired by one of its loyalists. β†’ Read More

Pokies lobby shafts reform-minded minister and NSW is the poorer for it

Victor Dominello was dumped from the gambling portfolio after ClubsNSW conducted a brutal and very successful campaign against him. β†’ Read More

Rich Listers are having a pretty fine pandemic. Only 3 of the top 30 have taken a hit to their wealth

The 'official' Rich List is out, but flexible criteria means it might not actually be reflective of the real picture. β†’ Read More

Crown's agreeable Coonan caves to NSW casino regulator β€” is a Star merger far off?

A deal between Crown and Star would be a good chance to dilute James Packer's outsize influence in the industry β€” just don't expect it anytime soon. β†’ Read More

Big four banks pull off remarkable backflip on bad debt write-offs

The big four banks went hard on pandemic-related provisions only to reverse some of that pessimism this year. β†’ Read More

Watch out for AMP's virtual AGM tomorrow. It could be its last...

Troubling decisions are already raising ire among shareholders ahead of AMP's imminent 2021 AGM. β†’ Read More

How to recover billions in JobKeeper overpayments: name every recipient

There's growing anecdotal evidence the JobKeeper program is being rorted. It's time for companies to disclose how much public money they've claimed. β†’ Read More

Kerry Stokes and Peter Costello come out for AGM play

Despite rivals Seven and Nine conducting clashing AGMs, online meetings meant we were still able to witness the gory details of both β€” and throw in a few uncomfortable questions. β†’ Read More

Seven calls in Harold Mitchell as 'independent' cricket rights valuer

The relationship between Harold Mitchell, Kerry Stokes and Seven West Media appears to be as tight as ever. β†’ Read More

How bad is Victoria’s financial position? Let's count the ways

Extended lockdowns have left Victoria's balance sheet in more strife than any other Australian government. β†’ Read More

Will a $761,000 donation to Labor help reopen the pokies?

The hotels lobby made a sizeable donation to Victorian Labor in 2018. Will the government repay it by reopening the pokies? β†’ Read More

The Crikey guide to reporting season: look out for handouts to the rich

This profit reporting season will be an intriguing one, as we (hopefully) discover which businesses are on JobKeeper. β†’ Read More

Inside the battle for control of RSL Victoria

The fight for control of the RSL Victoria board is continuing to escalate, with the board doing all it can to keep anti-pokies reformers at bay. β†’ Read More

Rio Tinto rethink: it's time for the miner to cut colonial baggage, pay more

Rio Tinto could do worse than relocating its global headquarters to Australia if it wants to repair its rocky image. β†’ Read More

Small investors get stiffed by in capital raising blitz, and it's getting worse

Australia's retail shareholders are once again being left behind as investment banks and institutions cash in on a storm of capital raisings. β†’ Read More