Stephen Mayne's complete electoral record


April 16, 2019

Stephen Mayne has participated in more contested elections than any other Australian. Here is a brief summary of his complete record in contested elections across the public company and political space.

  1. December 11, 1999: by-election for Jeff Kennett's seat of Burwood, 6.7% to finish 3rd out of 5 and beat the Green. See results.

  2. May 18, 2000: AMP, last with 33.89%. See results.

  3. October 23, 2000: ASX, last with 13.52%. See results.

  4. October 26, 2000: Commonwealth Bank, last with 39.71%. See results.

  5. November 2, 2000: WA News, last with 28.41%. See results.

  6. November 9, 2000: Westfield Holdings, last with record low 0.37%. See results.

  7. November 20, 2000: Telstra, 7th out of 9 on 14.65% of the proxies with 5 incumbents re-elected. See results.

  8. November 20, 2000: Woolworths, 54.74% of proxies but defeated on show of hands in a very dubious process. See results.

  9. November 29, 2000: NRMA Insurance, 45.59% on the proxies before dubious use of undirected proxies by Nick Whitlam. See results.

  10. December 11, 2000: David Jones, last with 11.46%. See results.

  11. December 14, 2000: NAB, last with 9.14%. See results.

  12. February 2001: Axa Asia Pacific, last with a very bad 1.1% due to French controlling shareholding. See results.

  13. July 2001: Melbourne Lord Mayor, 13th out of 19 with primary vote of 4.3%.

  14. October 29, 2001: ASX, last with 10.69%. See results.

  15. November 1, 2001: Southern Cross Broadcasting, last with 3.85%. See results.

  16. November 2, 2001: NRMA Insurance, last with 10.69%. See results.

  17. November 7, 2001: John Fairfax, last with 20.58%. See results.

  18. November 14, 2001: Spotless 6.5% of vote. See results.

  19. November 16, 2001: Telstra, last out of 11 candidates with 4.76% and 5 incumbents re-elected. See results.

  20. November 27, 2001: PMP, last with 11.24%, other challenger got 15.62%. See results.

  21. June 2002: Melbourne Press Club committee, 17th and last.

  22. October 2, 2002: Copyright Agency Ltd, third out of four with top two elected.

  23. October 9, 2002: News Corp, last with 12.89% of proxies but line-ball from the floor. See results.

  24. October 2002: RACV, 4th of 5 with 2 incumbents re-elected.

  25. October 29, 2002: ASX, last with 18.7%. See results.

  26. May 2003: AMP, last with a very disappointing 11.41% which prompted two year retirement from board tilts. See results.

  27. October 14, 2005: RACV, last out of 4 and couldn't even beat my wife who came third as two incumbents returned.

  28. October 27, 2005: Gunns, last with 14.7%. See results.

  29. November 18, 2005: John Fairfax, last with 7.85%. See results.

  30. July 20, 2006: Macquarie Bank, last with respectible 15.49%. See results.

  31. November 14, 2006: Telstra, best of the five outside candidates with 9.53%. See results.

  32. November 24, 2006: Woolworths, last with 3.01%, a big contrast to 2000 tilt. See results.

  33. November 25, 2007: Victorian election, disappointing 1.33% for People Power in upper house Southern Metro region. See results.

  34. November 9, 2007: WA News, got 18% of the proxies on a platform of giving the board some media experience. See results.

  35. November 24, 2007: Federal election in Higgins, 2% and finished 4th out of 8, getting more than Family First, the Democrats and the two other independents, which was a good outcome. See results.

  36. April 23, 2008: West Australian Newspapers,14% of the vote. See results.

  37. May 1, 2008: Alumina, polled just 6% on a platform to break up the cosy lunch club board that runs this post box company. See results.

  38. September 2008: ASX, only attracted 5% direct support on a platform that ASX rescind waivers given to Babcock and Macquarie vehicles but the abstain vote of 20% suggested there was plenty of sympathy. See results.

  39. November 27, 2008: BHP Billiton, attracted 365.9 million votes or 12.38% of the total which was much higher than expected as shareholders supported the platform opposing the Rio Tinto takeover. See results.

  40. November 27, 2008: Centro Retail, recommended by proxy adviser Risk Metrics and received 435 million votes in favour which was 71% of the independent vote after deducting 1.1 billion shares voted against by Centro itself. See results.

  41. November 2008: elected to Manningham Council in the Heidi ward where 3 of the 10 candidates got up. Received 19% of primary vote. See results.

  42. June 11, 2009: ran for the board of OZ Minerals and received only 101 million votes in favour and 1.2 billion against. See results.

  43. November 10, 2009: one of three outside challengers for Fairfax Media board but came last with just 3% in favour. See results.

  44. December 10, 2009: only received 0.9% of the vote at AGM of Ten Network Holdings.

  45. December 17, 2009: travelled to Brisbane for NAB AGM and did better than expected with 5.6% in favour. See results.

  46. December 23, 2009: AWB Results of meeting - 8.6% of vote, See Mayne Report package.

  47. May 27, 2010: MAP (4.88% of the vote). See Mayne Report package.

  48. August 21, 2010: Federal election as senate candidate, 0.19% of the vote and finished 13th out of 23 with 6021 ticket votes including 3629 above the line and 2328 below the line.

  49. November 18, 2010: Woolworths AGM (6.6% of the vote) See Mayne Report package.

  50. November 27, 2010: Victorian election - polled 0.97% in upper house Northern Metro region with 3809 primary votes. Despite finishing 7th out of 11 on primaries, would have been elected on preferences if had secured another few hundred votes from the Greens.

  51. May 5, 2011: ran for Santos board on a capital raising platform. Won the show of hands but only received 4.8% in the poll.

  52. May 5, 2011: ran for Rio Tinto board and polled only 3.04% in the poll after AGMs in London and Perth.

  53. May 18, 2011: the only external candidate in field of five at the ASA AGM in Adelaide. Elected unanimously from the floor with directed proxies 731 in favour and 88 against.

  54. July 21, 2012: came 4th in a field of 16 in the by-election for the state seat of Melbourne. See final results where secured 1325 votes or 4.74%. Also see coverage package.

  55. October 26, 2012: ran for the 9 vacancies in the ordinary council election at the City of Melbourne and was elected in eighth spot with 3808 primary votes or more than 6%. See results.

  56. February 2013: ran for President of the MAV and narrowly came third in a three horse field with 14 votes. See this special edition from the time.

  57. October 9, 2013: ran for the board of Australia's biggest listed investment company, AFIC, and polled a respectable 16.4%. See this explanation.

  58. Fairfax Media: (November 6, 2014): received a miserable 0.92% support in the poll. Gina Rinehart opposed and clearly no institutional support at all. See package of links. However, was supported by a clear majority of the shareholders (902 in favour, 495 against) who voted, as is explained here.

  59. Commonwealth Bank: (November 12, 2014): Ran on a platform of board accountability after the financial advice scandals. Scored 3.15%. See results.

  60. Cabcharge: (November 26, 2014). Scored 2.25% on a change the governance platform. See results and notice of meeting.

  61. Woolworths: (November 27, 2014) Quite pleased to get 4.05% in the poll. See results and notice of meeting.

  62. Ten Network Holdings: (November 28, 2014) See notice of meeting. See Mayne Report edition detailing 1.48% support.

  63. Macquarie Group: (July 23, 2015). See notice of meeting, Mayne Report preview piece, results detailing 1.55% support and Crikey piece after AGM.

  64. Australian Shareholders' Association: (May 2016) comfortably re-elected to the board. Here are the final results of the poll. Support from 93% of the votes cast was slightly up on the 89% support when ran in 2011.

  65. July 2, 2016: Ran in Federal election against Kevin Andrews in Menzies. Received 6.72% of the vote.

  66. October 22, 2016: Defeated as an incumbent City of Melbourne councillor. First ever experience of losing an existing position rather than challenging for something new. Received 5% of the vote and came 5th of 17 but finished 10th after preferences in both counts, when only the top 9 were elected.

  67. May 18, 2019: Federal election.