What I've been up to lately

By Stephen Mayne
July 27, 2016

WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO LATELY

Tuesday, July 26
Interview on 2CC, important day at Town Hall for Queen Victoria Market
Saturday, July 23
47th birthday

Thursday, July 21
Finance and governance portfolio meeting at council

Tuesday, July 19
Committee meeting at council

Monday, July 18
Crikey story defending Turnbull donation to the Libs

Friday, July 15
Leadership Victoria speech plus Docklands fireworks

Monday, July 11
Thank you letters to Menzies donors

Saturday, July 9
Watched Tigers v Bulldogs at Etihad

Friday, July 8
Long day tidying house and sorting through election gear

Thursday, July 7
Took the kids to the snow

Tuesday, July 5
Back at council for 12 hour day

Sunday, July 3
6 hours recovering corflutes then sent an email update to supporters

Saturday, July 2
Flat out on polling day. Major snafu with How To Vote Card leading to this New authorised how to vote card. Scored a 7% primary vote.

Friday, July 1
Final campaign email update

Thursday, June 30
Campaign update for volunteers and donors, volunteers function in the evening and early voting

Wednesday, June 29
Early voting, plus lots of election day planning

Tuesday, June 28
Attended council meeting, approved budget then took unpaid leave for next 6 days

Monday, June 27

Campaign update, more pokies donations, Menzies ignored, ASA leave and council governance reform
Mayne Report edition

Friday, June 24
Crikey story on "Fake Liberal" battle with Michael Kroger

Thursday, June 23
Michael Kroger writes to The Manningham Leader

Email update to supporters

Wednesday, June 22
Two governance motions passed at ALGA national general assembly, flew back to Melbourne

Tuesday, June 21
2UE interview on insider trading, flew to Canberra for ALGA corruption debate

Guy Rundle piece for Crikey after candidate's forum

Interviewed by Peter Van Onselen on Sky News

Roy Morgan press release suggesting promising support in Menzies

Monday, June 20
AFR Rear Window piece on catch up with Julie Bishop, Menzies candidates forum and Crikey piece on PM's Olympic dinner.

Sunday, June 19
Visited largest Greek Orthodox Church in Menzies, put up more posters, Radio National Background Briefing feature on political donations

Friday, June 17
Early voting, campaigned outside U3A, Mayne Report full email edition, AAP piece on Kevin's sign attack, also mentioned on The Australian's live election blog.

Thursday, June 16
Email update to supporters, then pre-poll followed by budget submissions meeting at council

Wednesday, June 15
Five hours on pre-poll, distributed flyers to Chinese senior citizens group and later at Serpell Primary School, plus plenty of kids running around in evening.

Tuesday, June 14
Did two hours on pre-poll, 4 hours at Town Hall, plus morning interview with 2UE

Monday, June 13
Busy day putting up posters around Menzies

Sunday, June 12
Up early, full day of campaigning in sunshine, felt very upbeat

Saturday, June 11
Girls footy, posters, ASA debates and in-laws over for dinner

Friday, June 10
Attended declaration of candidates and ballot draw, Crikey piece and Mayne Report email edition.

Thursday, June 9
Email update for supporters, plus lots of volunteer co-ordinating

Wednesday, June 8
Distributed flyers at Probus and Rotary meeting and attended MCA EGM

Tuesday, June 7
Unanimous support at council for anti-pokies AFL motion, plus 6-4 vote in favour of flower show extension.

Piece in The Age - Cash rolls in for "true liberal" in Menzies

Full page ad published The Warrandyte Diary

Monday, June 6
Crikey story about this full page ad bumped from p4 to p20 of The Manningham Leader

Saturday, June 4
Press conference with Nick Xenophon and Tim Costello, attended AFL anti-pokies rally, City of Melbourne citizen jury and published this Mayne Report edition

Friday, June 3
Rolling out first Kevin Andrews signs in front yards of Menzies

Thursday, June 2
Lodged two motions at City of Melbourne, speech to Whitefriars politics students

Tuesday, May 31
John Faine interview, May council meeting and Mayne Report email edition on Menzies campaign

Monday, May 30
Crikey piece on James Mathison's Abbott tilt

Thursday, May 26
Lodged submission to Manningham budget, plus Crikey story on campaign finance

Tuesday, May 24
Interview with Tim Shaw about campaign finance and sent this update to donors/supporters.

Monday, May 23
Mayne Report email edition on Menzies campaign, plus Crikey story and appeared on Four Corners regarding political donations.

Friday, May 20
Full day of work and meetings on Menzies campaign

Thursday, May 19
Finance portfolio meeting at City of Melbourne

Wednesday, May 18
Attended all day ASA board meeting in Sydney

Tuesday, May 17
Elected to ASA board at AGM in Sydney

Monday, May 16
Crikey story on need for cross bench transparency

Sunday, May 15
Big days with kids footy plus lots of campaign emailing

Saturday, May 14
5 games of basketball for the 3 kids, plus did some door knocking in Bulleen

Friday, May 13
Interview with Tom Elliott on 3AW, plus did week in review panel on Sky Business

Thursday, May 12
In Sydney for Westfield AGM

Wednesday, May 11
Menzies work in the morning, Town Hall meetings in the afternoon and evening.

Tuesday, May 10
Full day at Town Hall on council business, interview with Radio New Zealand on APN

Monday, May 9
Crikey story on Menzies tilt and interviewed by Tim Shaw on 2CC

Saturday, May 7
Menzies tilt reported in The Age then 9am interview on Sky News

Thursday, May 5
City of Melbourne budget released

Tuesday, May 3
Committee meeting at council, Trump motion defeated

Friday, April 29
Crikey story on Nick Xenophon

Thursday, April 28

Lodged Donald Trump motion at City of Melbourne, see Herald Sun and Age coverage.

Wednesday, April 27

Crikey story defending councillors from feral media

Tuesday, April 26
Council briefing session and public council meeting

Monday April 25
Attended ANZAC Day ceremony, took kids to zoo

Friday, April 22
Breakfast presentation on transparency at City of Vincent, visited ASA branch in Perth

Thursday, April 21
In Perth for Woodside AGM, ACA story on council expenses, Tom Elliott interview.

Wednesday, April 20
Crikey story on campaign finance reform, plus piece in The Age on new council donations register.

Tuesday, April 19
Committee meeting at council, great result on donations disclosure

Monday, April 18
Crikey story on Col Allan and Donald Trump

Friday, April 15
Final budget deliberations at council

Wednesday, April 13

Crikey story on Clive Palmer and the media

Tuesday, April 12
Interview with 2CC on Federal ICAC and all day budget session at council

Monday, April 11

Bumper email edition of The Mayne Report

Saturday, April 9

Federal ICAC push picked up in AFR

Friday, April 8
Email scrap over ICAC with Gerard Henderson

Wednesday, April 6
Herald Sun story plus this Crikey piece on push for Federal ICAC

Tuesday, April 5

Committee meeting at council

Monday, April 4
Crikey story on News Corp and corruption

Friday, April 1
Appeared on Sky Business

Thursday, March 24

Transport portfolio meeting and interviewed by PM program over NSW Liberal donations

Tuesday, March 22
Council meeting, then farewell for RACV CEO Colin Jordan

Monday, March 21
Sent this bumper Mayne Report email edition

Friday, March 18

Journalism Quill awards at Crown

Tuesday, March 14
City of Melbourne committee meeting

Friday, March 11
3AW interview about bike plan, graffitti and developer donations

Wednesday, March 9

Crikey story on council credit card and another one on Fortescue

Tuesday, March 8

Council meeting with attention on credit cards

Monday, March 7
Attended full day of SOPAC in Brisbane

Sunday, March 6
Speech to chief audit executives in Brisbane

Friday, March 4
Crikey story on Murdoch's triple play, plus attended AICD conference

Thursday, March 3

Crikey story on Slater and Gordon, plus attended AICD conference

Wednesday, March 2

Crikey story on senate reform committee report

Tuesday, March 1

Senate reform chat with Tim Shaw on 2CC, plus media reforms chat on News Radio.

Monday, February 29
LNL interview with Phillip Adams on senate reform after round table at Parliament House on citizen juries

Friday, February 26
Crikey story on senate reform, plus New Daily piece on Peter Costello as Nine chairman

Tuesday, February 23

City of Melbourne council meeting

Monday, February 22
Crikey story calling for Kevin Andrews to retire

Friday, February 19
City of Melbourne audit committee meeting

Thursday, February 18
Crikey story on property taxes and rate capping

Tuesday, February 16
All day at town hall, culminating in lengthy public committee meeting

Monday, February 15
Crikey story on campaign finance reform, attended launch of "Credlin & Co"

Friday, February 12
Crikey story on corporate write-downs

Monday, February 8

Crikey story on Mark Vaile's coal optimism

Friday, February 5

Crikey story on News Corp campaign against ICAC

Thursday, February 4

Crikey story on media failures over campaign finance

Wednesday, February 3

Crikey story on Leighton insider trading situation

Tuesday, February 2
Crikey story on political donations and City of Melbourne committee meeting

Monday, February 1
Crikey story on campaign finance reform

Friday, January 29
Crikey story previewing political donations data release

Thursday, January 28
Crikey story on earnings seasons write-downs

Wednesday, January 27

Crikey story on remuneration disclosure practices

Sunday, January 24
Took family to Big Bash final

Friday, January 22
Took kids to Big Bash semi-final

Thursday, January 21

Crikey story in support of board tilts

Wednesday, January 20
Gave this story on Woodside to The AFR

Tuesday, January 19

Crikey story on upcoming Westfield AGMs

Monday, January 18
Crikey story on Shell and Woodside board moves

Tuesday, January 12

Crikey story on revitalising the corporate AGM

Thursday, December 31

Enjoyed Seven's coverage of City of Melbourne fireworks

Monday, December 21
Crikey story supporting council mergers in NSW

Friday, December 18

Crikey story wrapping AGM season

Thursday, December 17

Crikey story on Ten AGM

Wednesday, December 16

Attended Ten Network Holdings AGM in Sydney

Tuesday, December 15
Last council meeting of year and wrote this Crikey story on ASA and Murdochs

Thursday, December 10
Crikey story on East West fiasco

Tuesday, December 8
Crikey story on Slater + Gordon, plus committee meeting at council

Monday, December 7

Bumper Mayne Report email edition

Friday, December 4

Crikey story on Crescent-Cardno capital raising

Thursday, December 3

Crikey story on Westpac remuneration excesses, plus attended Walkleys

Wednesday, December 2
Finance portfolio meeting at council

Tuesday, December 1
Committee meeting at council

Monday, November 30
Crikey piece on Premier Investments AGM, plus big planning speech in evening

Friday, November 27

Attended Premier Investments AGM, chat with ABC News Radio on Slater + Gordon and Solly Lew.

Thursday, November 26
Crikey story on 25 biggest protest votes of the AGM season

Wednesday, November 25
Crikey story on capital raisings

Tuesday, November 24

Crikey story ranking top 25 female directors

Monday, November 23

Crikey story previewing Harvey Norman AGM

Saturday, November 21

Quoted in The Australian and The Age/AFR on Myer AGM

Friday, November 20

Crikey story on appalling Village Roadshow governance, attended Myer AGM plus marathon CoM audit committee meeting

Thursday, November 19

Crikey story on Cabcharge

Wednesday, November 18
Planning portfolio meeting and participated in this 45 minute ABC debate on Uber.

Tuesday, November 17

Lengthy committee meeting ran almost 3 hours

Friday, November 13
Crikey story on Fox AGM and biggest protest votes

Tuesday, November 10

Future Melbourne Committee meeting, plus attended Asciano AGM, generating this coverage.

Monday, November 9
Crikey story on Bradken board clean out

Thursday, November 5

Mayne Report email edition

Wednesday, November 4
Crikey story on AGM season

Wednesday, October 28
In Sydney for speech

Tuesday, October 27
Council meeting

Monday, October 26
Crikey story on Ten's battle for survival

Friday, October 23
MAV state council meeting

Thursday, October 22
Crikey story on on Crown AGM

Wednesday, October 21

Attended Crown AGM in Melbourne

Friday, October 16
Attended 5 hour planning course at MAV

Wednesday, October 14
Two panel discussions at Global Integrity Summit in Brisbane

Tuesday, October 13
Press freedom debate at Global Integrity Summit in Brisbane

Monday, October 12
Email edition of the Mayne Report

Wednesday, October 8

Planning portfolio meeting at council

Tuesday, October 7
Attended committee meeting at council

Thursday, October 1
Crikey story on Murdoch pay hitting $1b

Tuesday, September 29
Attended public council meeting

Monday, September 28
Crikey story on gender record of AFL clubs

Friday, September 25

Crikey story on heavy commercial losses suffered by Bolt backers

Wednesday, September 23
Crikey story on political reforms needed

Tuesday, September 22
Special council meeting on Queen Victoria Market

Monday, September 21
Crikey story on amazing Swisse turnaround

Wednesday, September 16

Crikey story on Turnbull's approach to Murdoch power grabs

Monday, September 14

Crikey story on outcome of CBA capital raising

Friday, September 11
Crikey story on ACCC's Foxtel-Ten decision

Thursday, September 10

Crikey story on local govt transparency

Tuesday, September 8
Committee meeting at council

Friday, September 4
Crikey story on bank capital raisings

Thursday, September 3

Finance portfolio meeting at council

Wednesday, September 2
Attended class actions symposium, MAV regional meeting and spoke at conventions dinner

Tuesday, September 1

Lively City of Melbourne committee meeting

Sunday, August 30

Enjoyed Melbourne Day at Docklands and watched an U/11 footy premiership for Philip

Friday, August 28

Audit committee meeting on City of Melbourne accounts, plus attended opening night of Fashion Festival

Thursday, August 27
Attended Melbourne Day Lord Mayor's oration by Margaret Gardner

Wednesday, August 26

Planning portfolio meeting at council

Tuesday, August 25
Crikey piece on Murdoch's NRL play, plus council meeting in evening

Monday, August 24

Crikey piece on Murdoch campaign over NRL TV rights

Friday, August 21

Crikey piece on rate capping

Thursday, August 20

Rate capping forum, Procurement Australia conference, MWF opening night and Crikey piece on Medibank

Wednesday, August 19
Interview on RN Drive about HESTA dumping Transfield

Tuesday, August 18
At council all day, then RMIT lecture in the evening

Monday, August 17
Crikey story on James Packer's pay deal

Wednesday, August 12

Crikey story on CBA capital raising

Tuesday, August 11
Crikey story on CBA capital raising, plus attend council committee meeting

Monday, August 10

Crikey story on bank capital raisings

Friday, August 7
Crikey story on bank capital raisings

Tuesday, August 4
Full day at council, including public committee meeting

Friday July 31
Attended Federal Court and wrote this Crikey business bite on outcome of shareholder resolutions case.

Thursday, July 30

Fifth Estate piece on car share, plus Herald Sun wonders off on a confidentiality tangent. Crikey story on shareholder rights.

Wednesday, July 29
Submissions, minutes and audio of July 28 meeting all published online.

Tuesday, July 28
After more than 150 submissions opposing committee recommendation, meaningful amendments made to final car share policy which was approved 9-1.

Monday, July 27
Crikey story on public sector enterprise agreements

Sunday, July 26
The Sunday Age publishes detailed news report on car share debate.

Friday, July 24
Crikey story on Macquarie AGM

Thursday, July 23

Turned 46, attended Macquarie AGM in Sydney, car share motion lodged at council

Wednesday, July 22
Mayne Report edition on Macquarie tilt

Monday, July 20

Crikey story on boardroom barriers to entry

Friday, July 17

Crikey story asking: Is Melbourne going to kill car share?

Tuesday, July 14
Crikey story on unfair Macquarie board

Monday, July 13
Crikey story on the battle for transparency reform

Friday, July 9
Enjoyed watching the Tigers wallop the Blues at the MCG.

Wednesday, July 8
Meetings at Town Hall, plus more super debate in Crikey

Tuesday, July 7
Future Melbourne Committee meeting at Town Hall

Sunday, July 5
Panel discussion on RN's Sunday Extra program about citizen juries

Friday, July 3
Crikey story: Time for citizen jury to sort out industry fund governance

Thursday, July 2

Crikey story on Slater and Gordon's struggles

Tuesday, June 30
Council meeting to approve budget and 10 year financial plan

Monday, June 29
Crikey story on independent directors of super funds

Monday, June 22

Crikey story on The Australian's editorial hypocrisy related to proprietor

Friday, June 19

Two Crikey stories on media reforms and Murdoch poison pill

Thursday, June 18
Crikey story on Lachlan Murdoch, special committee on budget.

Wednesday, June 17
Governance motion smashed at ALGA

Tuesday, June 16
Danced in the Great Hall at cracking ALGA gala dinner in Parliament House

Monday, June 15
ALGA national conference and interview on ABC Brisbane

Sunday, June 14
Send this special edition of The Mayne Report to 1200 councillors

Friday, June 12
Murdoch succession: Crikey story, ABC radio interview, SBS chat and 2UE chat

Wednesday, June 10

Attended planning discussion at Town Hall

Tuesday, June 9
Attended council committee meeting, see resolutions passed. Crikey story on ALGA governance blunder.

Friday, June 5
Crikey story on outcome of NAB capital raising

Thursday, June 4

Crikey story on Macquarie board tilt

Wednesday, June 3

Crikey story on Seven West capital raising

Tuesday, June 2

Attended Seven West EGM in Sydney and committee meeting at council

Monday, June 1
Watched Federal Court case with CBA on shareholder resolutions, then flew to Sydney

Thursday, May 28
Speech on citizen juries to MAV's Future of Local Government conference

Wednesday, May 27

Crikey piece on authoritarian editorial culture at News Corp

Monday, May 25

Crikey story on pulled AGM resolutions

Friday, May 22
In Sydney for Invocare AGM and UTS shareholder activism forum

Wednesday, May 20

Planning, parking and parks meetings at council

Tuesday, May 19

Council briefings then a long bus tour of council assets

Monday, May 18
Sent an important letter to Macquarie Group

Friday, May 15
MAV state council and City of Melbourne audit committee meeting

Wednesday, May 13
Attended UDIA event on Fishermans Bend and PIA national awards presentation

Tuesday, May 12
Swinburne panel on participative democracy and Future Melbourne Committee meeting

Friday, May 8
Crikey story on NAB capital raising

Thursday, May 7

City of Melbourne budget released, AFR story on QVM.

Wednesday, May 6
Chaired two panels at ASA conference

Monday, May 4

Attended ASA national conference and wrote this Crikey story on Transurban

Thursday, April 30

Mayne Report email edition and speech on shareholder activism

Wednesday, April 29
Planning meeting at Town Hall

Tuesday, April 28

April council meeting and Crikey story on Slaters

Monday, April 27
Another Crikey story on Slater and Gordon capital raising

Friday, April 24

Crikey story on Slaters and Gordon capital raising

Wednesday, April 22

Crikey story on stupid Takeovers Panel rules preventing free speech

Tuesday, April 21
Long day at council, finishing with committee meeting

Monday, April 20

Crikey story on ALP preselection battle in Melbourne

Friday, April 17

Crikey story on City of Melbourne annual actions

Thursday, April 16

Crikey story on Labor's East West settlement

Wednesday, April 15
Crikey preview of AGM mini-season

Tuesday, April 14

Long day on council budget deliberations and council committee meeting

Monday, April 13
Crikey story on local government transparency

Friday, April 10

Crikey story on unfair Abacus capital raising

Thursday, April 9

Finance and governance portfolio meeting at council and attended Patricia Piccinini art opening

Wednesday, April 8

Planning portfolio meeting at council and Crikey story on Murdoch tax plays

Thursday, April 2
Crikey story on successful Slaters capital raising

Tuesday, March 31

Crikey story listing chairs who were rushed into top job

Monday, March 30

Crikey story on Slater and Gordon's $1.2b UK takeover deal

Friday, March 27

Crikey story on Fairfax chairmanship succession

Thursday, March 26

Crikey story on Gerry Harvey's dubious capital raising

Wednesday, March 25
Attended launch breakfast for Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

Tuesday, March 24
Crikey story on Macquarie SPP

Thursday, March 19
Crikey story on soap opera at Network Ten

Tuesday, March 17
Crikey story on Turnbull's leaked media reform package

Monday, March 16

Crikey story on Murdoch council waste hypocrisy

Friday, March 13

Crikey story on why Fairfax should ditch 2GB radio merger

Thursday, March 12

Crikey story on Packer casino push

Wednesday, March 11
Spoke at Property Council forum on first 100 days of Andrews government

Monday, March 9

Moomba and tenth anniversary of Crikey sale

Wednesday, March 4

Exited Villa World SPP, Crikey story on new property tax

Tuesday, March 3

Committee meeting at council

Sunday, March 1
Attended Fed Square concert for Chinese New Year

Friday, February 27
In Sydney for Aristocrat AGM plus multiple meetings

Wednesday, February 28
Planning portfolio meeting at council

Tuesday, February 24
February council meeting

Monday, February 23
attended lunch hosted by Japanese consul general

Friday, February 20

Crikey story on Herald Sun climate travel hypocrisy and attended City of Melbourne audit committee meeting

Thursday, February 19
Interviewed on Radio National for Crikey's 15th birthday

Tuesday, February 17

Crikey story on twitter exchanges with Kennett and Rupert

Monday, February 16
Crikey story on the events that lead to Crikey's launch

Saturday, February 14
Drinks at The Imperial to mark Crikey's 15th birthday

Thursday, February 12
Attended opening ceremony for Cricket World Cup

Tuesday, February 10
Committee meeting at council

Monday, February 9

Special Mayne Report edition ahead of Liberal spill vote.

Tuesday, February 3

First council meeting of year. See planning story in The Age.

Monday, February 2
Crikey story on political donations

Tuesday, January 27

Crikey story on Jones/Newman defamation battles

Sunday, January 31
Spoke at Melbourne Barbecue Festival prize ceremony at Queen Vic Market

Monday, January 26

Attended Australia Day events in Melbourne

Wednesday, January 21

Crikey story on Alan Jones

Tuesday, January 20
Crikey story on Queensland privatisation issues

Monday, January 19
Crikey story on reducing remuneration disclosure

Friday, January 16

Crikey story on Fairfax dealings with Catalano/Hywood families

Thursday, January 15

12 minute interview on ABC Queensland about debt and asset sales

Wednesday, January 14
Crikey story on Queensland's privatisation debate

Tuesday, January 13
Crikey story on AFR treatment of Westfield saga

Monday, January 12
Crikey story on thin-skinned Kerry Stokes

Thursday, January 8

Crikey story on Fairfax-Macquarie radio merger

Wednesday, January 7

Crikey story about Andrew Rule's Kerry Stokes book

Tuesday, January 6

Back in the saddle writing daily Crikey stories. Opening 2015 piece on old directors.