What I've been up to lately

By Stephen Mayne
October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30
Crikey story on Melbourne and Sydney planning regimes

Wednesday, October 29

Crikey story on director protests, Age story about planning reforms

Monday, October 27
Crikey story on Victorian planning system

Thursday, October 23
Crikey story on secretive Victorian councils

Wednesday, October 22
Crikey story on 100 signature rule for EGMs

Tuesday, October 21
Crikey story on Gina Rinehart attendance record at Ten

Tuesday, October 14Crikey story on old men staying on boards

Friday, October 10

Crikey story on Transurban out-playing successive Victorian governments

Wednesday, October 8
Crikey story on Fairfax board dyamics

Explaining upcoming election contests

There have been two Mayne Report email editions in September explaining all the corporate activism plans. Read them here:

Friday, September 19
Tilts, Fairfax, CBA, Brickworks, Albert Park, ASX, Woolies, pokies and Crown


Monday, September 15
Bumper email edition

Thursday, September 18: Crikey story on capital raisings.

Friday, September 12:
finished up with ASA.

Monday, September 7:
exit announced from ASA to contest a series of upcoming elections.

Thursday, September 4:
lodged this motion for FMC, see Herald Sun coverage.

Tuesday, September 2:
Future Melbourne Committee at council. See agenda.

Monday, September 1: opinion piece in The Age on Melbourne's People's Panel.

Friday, August 29:
story about Qantas loss for The New Daily.

Thursday, August 28: attended Daniel Andrews luncheon at Property Council.

Tuesday, August 26: August council meeting.

Saturday, August 23:
first day of City of Melbourne's People's Panel to advise on 10 year plan.

Thursday, August 21:
in Adelaide for ASA board meeting, plus two ABC radio interviews about News Corp leaks.

Tuesday, August 12: Committee meeting at council.

Friday, August 8:
City of Melbourne audit committee.

Thursday, August 7: City of Melbourne Finance and Governance portfolio meeting.

Tuesday, August 5: City of Melbourne Future Melbourne Committee meeting.

Friday, August 1: Woodside EGM in Perth (via webcast).

Tuesday, July 30:
council meeting.

Thursday, July 24:
in Sydney for Macquarie AGM.

Friday, July 11: Herald Sun article expressing concern about defacto casino expansion.

Thursday, July 10: enjoyed having the kids for a day as Paula worked.

Wednesday, July 9: 14 hour day at the Town Hall attending meetings and working.

Tuesday, July 8: supported idea a CBUS deal to create 3000sqm public open space on Collins Street at council an in AFR article.

Friday, July 4:
enjoyed Docklands fireworks with the family.

Thursday, July 3: finance portfolio meeting at council and chatted to 3AW about big towers in Melbourne.

Tuesday, July 1: planning dominated Future Melbourne Committee meeting.

Sunday, June 29: enjoyed two hour session on RRR's The Party Show with Headley Gritter.

Friday, June 27: Crikey story on Fairfax's latest Rich List.

Tuesday, June 24:
June council meeting at City of Melbourne.

Friday, June 20:
in Sydney for resumed Westfield Retail AGM.

Wednesday, June 18: Crikey story on Di Gribble Argument debate.

Tuesday, June 10:
Future Melbourne Committee meeting.

Thursday, June 5: training session with ASA's Victorian monitors and class actions panel debate in Sydney.

Wednesday, June 4: talk on capital raising at ASA Investor Hour in Melbourne.

Tuesday, June 3: Future Melbourne Committee meeting.

Saturday, May 31: Westfield piece published in The AFR.

Friday, May 30: full day on Gold Coast working on ASA website and IT issues.

Thursday, May 29: long day in Sydney attending Westfield shareholder meetings and doing media.

Wednesday, May 28: attended 4 meetings in Town Hall on separate planning matters.

Tuesday, May 27: council briefing and then public council meeting.

Friday, May 23: girls at home on pupil free day, worked on ASA magazine.

Thursday, May 22:
full day at Town Hall.

Wednesday, May 21: speech to ASA Bendigo branch, then attended Planning portfolio meeting.

Tuesday, May 20:
council briefing session.

Monday, May 19:
in Sydney for Leighton and Boart Longyear AGMs.

Friday, May 16: MAV state council and then City of Melbourne audit committee.

Tuesday, May 13: council briefings then Future Melbourne Committee meeting.

Thursday, May 8:
public release of City of Melbourne budget.

Wednesday, May 7: meetings at council and ASA work.

Tuesday, May 6: lots of media on Packer-Gyngell brawl and then 200 minute City of Melbourne committee meeting.

Thursday, May 1:
phone hook up with ASA company monitoring chairs.

Wednesday, April 30: meetings at Town Hall, then long night on ASA matters.

Tuesday, April 29:
council briefings and then April council meeting at Town Hall in evening.

Monday, April 28: interviewed for PM story on Goodman Fielder takeover bid.

Sunday, April 27
: goal umpired junior footy.

Saturday, April 26: worked on ASA website.

Friday, April 25: worked up some ASA media positioning on $2.7b Transurban capital raising, attended Storm/Warriors game at AAMI Stadium.

Thursday, April 24:
in Sydney for ASA training on new website and systems. Motion on Queen Vic fund made public.

Wednesday, April 23: in Adelaide for ASA company monitor training.

Tuesday, April 22: council briefings.

EASTER: nice break with the family in Cobram.

Monday, April 14:
in Sydney for a full day of ASA work.

Sunday, April 13: plenty of ASA work, including tweet-fest on age profiles of directors.

Saturday, April 12:
debate with John Colvin about business risk on Radio National with Geraldine Doogue.

Friday, April 11: budget meeting at City of Melbourne.

Thursday, April 10: MAV metro forum and dinner.

Wednesday, April 9: ABC radio interview on David Jones, Planning portfolio meeting and Queen Vic meetings at council.

Tuesday, April 8: council briefings and then Future Melbourne Committee meeting.

Sunday, April 6: Laura and Philip played footy.

Saturday, April 5: attended "Deadly Funny" at the Comedy Festival.

Thursday, April 3: attended Finance and Governance portfolio meeting at Town Hall.

Wednesday, April 2: Planning portfolio meetings at council.

Tuesday, April 1: interview on RRR about Lachlan, then City of Melbourne briefings and committee meeting.

Monday, March 31: new ASA policy platform launched.

Sunday, March 30: attended fabulous Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

Friday, March 28: stayed home working on ASA matters then attended footy training with Philip.

Thursday, March 27:
range of media interviews about Medibank and Lachlan Murdoch, then attended East Melbourne community forum. Great win by the Tiges.

Wednesday, March 26: interview on ABC Brisbane about Medibank IPO. Attended planning portfolio meeting.

Tuesday, March 25: council meeting which unanimously opposed change to Racial Discrimination Act.

Monday, March 24:
debate at conference about "merge or die" in community sector.

Sunday, March 23: gave this story to The Australian about the 'last day laggards' club.

Friday, March 21:
full day in Brisbane training ASA company monitors on new policies.

Thursday, March 20:
attended first City of Melbourne community forum.

Wednesday, March 19: interview on ABC1 about 100 signature rule, plus wrote Crikey story on shareholder activism.

Tuesday, March 18: flew back to Melbourne, council meetings all day, including Bike Forum, then spoke at Kew Cottages AGM.

Monday, March 17: presented at CFO's conference on the Gold Coast.

Sunday, March 16: flew to Gold Coast for CFO's conference, enjoyed 70 minute burst from Wayne Swan.

Friday, March 14: busy day on ASA matters and sent this missive to WA Senate candidates regarding preferences.

Thursday, March 13:
interviewed on The Business about Leighton takeover.

Wednesday, March 12: regular Finance portfolio chat plus Planning portfolio meeting at council. Attended Milan-Melbourne 10th birthday sister city dinner.

Tuesday, March 11: council briefings then lengthy public committee meeting in the evening.

Monday, March 10: missed Moomba as in Sydney for ASA monitor training.

Friday, March 7: meeting over lunch with Yarra River business groups and ASA board phone hook up on policies.

Thursday, March 6:
attended two International Women's Day events, plus finance portfolio meeting at Town Hall.

Wednesday, March 5: submitted new ASA policy position to board and attended finance and planning meetings at Town Hall.

Tuesday, March 4:
council briefings and then committee meeting.

Monday, March 3:
Crikey story on Qantas.

Saturday, March 1:
chat with Geraldine Doogue on Radio National's Saturday Extra about Qantas.

Friday, February 28:
full day in Sydney on ASA matters, plus Qantas interview on ABC Brisbane.

Thursday, February 27:
interviewed on ABC statewide drive in Queensland on Qantas.

Wednesday, February 26: interviewed for this story on 7.30 about possible Myer-DJs merger.

Tuesday, February 25:
full day at council, including March council meeting which supported contract disclosure motion.

Sunday, February 23:
meeting with ASA chairman to go through final edits of new policy document.

Saturday, February 22: kids sport all day then attended fabulous White Night in town.

Friday, February 21:
attended 3 hour City of Melbourne audit committee meeting.

Thursday, February 20:
all day ASA meeting in Melbourne reviewing company monitoring.

Wednesday, February 19: attended ASA board meeting in Melbourne, plus meetings at council.

Tuesday, February 18:
interview on ABC Sydney about Rupert's $882 million tax windfall, plus full day at council.

Monday, February 17: attended launch of Institute of Community Directors Australia.

Sunday, February 16: plenty of prep work ahead of busy week of ASA meetings.

Friday, February 14: happy 14th birthday to Crikey. Wearing reading glasses for first time. Participated in debate at LGPRO conference.

Wednesday, February 12: planning portfolio meeting at council. Gave some grabs to Seven News on ComBank profit.

Tuesday, February 11: Crazy day of media commitments on David Jones board coup. Future Melbourne Committee meeting. See agenda.

Friday, February 7:
finished editing ASA monthly magazine, $5000 into Austin Engineering SPP plus quoted in AFR on Leighton share dealings.

Thursday, February 6: two hour monthly finance portfolio meeting at council, plus quoted in AFR on Virgin troubles.

Wednesday, February 5: weekly chat at Town Hall on finance portfolio, plus regular State government planning session.

Tuesday, February 4: 8 hours of council briefings and meetings, including marathon session on 2014-15 plan.

Monday, February 3:
busy morning tweeting after AEC belatedly dumps all political donations data from way back in 2012-13.

Sunday, February 2:
kids tennis then attended boat show and road the Melbourne Star.

Saturday, February 1:
lots of kids basketball, then watched Melbourne Boomers lose to Canberra in WNBL.

Friday, January 31: first day for Alice at new school, then a long day processing ASA AGM reports for Equity magazine.

Thursday, January 30: Laura starts high school.

Wednesday, January 29: Philip back at school.

Tuesday, January 28: full day back in the saddle at Town Hall with a variety of meetings.

Monday, January 27: strong coverage in The Australian and Courier Mail of ASA position on Billabong.

Sunday, January 26:
ASA released these voting intentions ahead of Billabong EGM.

Saturday, January 25:
ASA Fox position picked up in The Australian and The Age.

Friday, January 24: issued this ASA press release calling for an OZ buyback from 21st Century Fox.

Thursday, January 23:
whole family back from Phillip Island as school preparations begin.

Wednesday, January 22:
back at Town Hall for finance portfolio update, then off to the tennis.

Tuesday, January 21: drove back to Melbourne from Phillip Island.

Monday, January 20: Crikey story on Rupert Murdoch.

Sunday, January 19: long day on ASA matters then back to Phillip Island.

Saturday, January 18: an afternoon at the tennis.

Friday, January 17: back after a few days with the family at Phillip Island.

Monday, January 13:
ABC radio interview on Telstra's Sensis sale.

Sunday, January 12: long weekend at home working on ASA policy review and magazine.

Friday, January 10:
spent $500 on Iselect shares. Long day on ASA/share matters.

Thursday, January 9:
bought into Regis and Decmil, subscribed to CFX SPP.

Wednesday, January 8: council phone briefing, ASA work and updated tax records.

Monday, January 6: ASA Sydney office reopens for business.

Friday, January 3:
arrived home after a 10 day road trip to Canberra and Sydney.

Monday, December 23:
sent this end of year email edition of The Mayne Report.

Friday, December 20:
last day at the local primary school for our two girls. Bit sad.

Thursday, December 19:
busy day on ASA and AGM season matters.

Wednesday, December 18: in Sydney for Ten AGM plus ASA meetings.

Tuesday, December 17: final City of Melbourne council meeting for the year.

Monday, December 16: finished editing ASA magazine, then lengthy phone hook-up with ASA monitoring chairs.

Friday, December 13:
represented ASA at Westpac AGM.

Thursday, December 12:
wrote this Crikey story on Virgin, plus this ASA press release.

Wednesday, December 11: council briefings, AGM report processing and then attended RACV President's dinner.

Tuesday, December 10:
council briefings, speech to international CEOs, Future Melbourne Committee on East West Link.

Monday, December 9: interview on ABC Brisbane about Qantas/Holden situation.

Saturday, December 7: Laura's dance concert and lots of ASA AGM processing.

Friday, December 6: full day on market and ASA issues, interview on ABC Newsradio about floats.

Thursday, December 5: finance portfolio meeting at Council, plus ABC and SBS live TV interview on Qantas troubles.

Wednesday, December 4:
ASA monitoring meeting in morning, then planning portfolio meeting and attended Inside Business farewell party in evening.

Tuesday, December 3: ASA board meeting in Sydney, speech at ASA Christmas lunch then evening council meeting.

Sunday, December 1:
attended Aung San Suu Kyi speech in Dandenong.

Friday, November 29: last day of AGM season, attended lighting of Christmas tree in City Square.

Thursday, November 28: attended AGM of Seek.

Wednesday, November 27: AGM season, Takeovers Panel work and regular planning meeting at council.

Tuesday, November 26: attended Future Melbourne Committee meeting.

Friday, November 22: lodged Takeovers Panel application regarding Virgin capital raising. See media release. Commented on David Jones strike.

Thursday, November 21: long hours working on Takeovers Panel application after Virgin made this announcement.

Wednesday, November 20: in Brisbane for Virgin Australia AGM.

Tuesday, November 19: spoke at ASA Christmas lunch then public committee meeting at council.

Monday, November 18: another day in AGM season paradise.

Saturday, November 16: kids basketball, ASA work then attended The Melbourne Awards. See story on winner.

Friday, November 15:
AGM season work in morning, then 3 hour Melbourne audit committee in afternoon.

Thursday, November 14: attended Sims Group AGM, CoM finance portfolio meeting and meeting with City of Yarra heavyweights.

Wednesday, November 13: attended Computershare and REA Group AGMs, then regular planning meeting with state govt.

Tuesday, November 12: full day at Town Hall, finishing with public committee meeting.

Monday, November 11: meeting with ASA's NSW monitoring group, plus attended City of Sydney finance committee.

Friday, November 8: exposed by the Murdoch press as a moonlighting activist on the public teat.

Thursday, November 7: Sydney bus tour with councillors, then attended Fairfax AGM, ASA office and VLGA AGM in Melbourne.

Wednesday, November 6: loooong day of briefings with City of Sydney. Sat next to Clover at evening dinner.

Tuesday, November 5: went to the Cup and even backed Fiorente.

Monday, November 4: Melbourne Cup parade and ASA meetings.

Sunday, November 3: distributed press release on the 6 chairs ASA believes should go.

Saturday, November 2: morning of ASA work then attended Derby in the afternoon.

Friday, November 1:
AGM season work and chaired 100 minute phone hook up of ASA state monitoring chairs.

Thursday, October 31: AGM season, then attended Knowledge Week session on making of King Kong.

Wednesday, October 30: missed planning portfolio meeting and Crown AGM, full day prosecuting ASA's AGM season.

Tuesday, October 29: council briefings, then public council meeting in evening and dinner for anniversary of new council.

Monday, October 28: AGM season.

Sunday , October 27: visit to RACV Torquay and appeared on Inside Business.

Saturday, October 26:
Paula away, busy day ferrying the kids to sport then afternoon/evening of ASA work.

Friday, October 25: attended MAV state council, Carsales AGM plus recorded Inside Business and interview with Sky Business.

Thursday, October 24: listened to Newcrest AGM webcast, plus participated in shareholder class actions symposium.

Wednesday, October 23:
attended AGL AGM, plus meetings at council.

Tuesday, October 22: attended Southern Cross Media AGM and 4 meetings at Town Hall.

Monday, October 21: in Sydney for the day on ASA business.

Sunday, October 20:
opening match of tennis season for the kids.

Saturday, October 19:
kids basketball, school Art Fare, Rotary dinner speech and plenty of Murdoch tweeting.

Friday, October 18:
day in the ASA's Sydney office.

Thursday, October 17: attended AGM of Melbourne Convention Bureau then in Sydney for launch of Onmarket Bookbuilds.

Wednesday, October 16:
AGM season processing, then afternoon council meetings.

Tuesday, October 15: 4 meetings at council, panel discussion with Paddy Manning at super conference and long evening of ASA work.

Monday, October 14:
long day of ASA war gaming after slept in and missed flight to Sydney.

Saturday, October 12:
crook, lost 24 hours of AGM season when could least afford it..

Friday, October 11: long day on ASA matters.

Thursday, October 10: long day on ASA matters.

Wednesday, October 9: received 16.4% support in AFIC board tilt, see this write-up.

Tuesday, October 8: attended East West Link public meeting then City of Melbourne committee meeting.

Sunday, October 6: arrived home after busy 22 day trip to Europe with the family.

Saturday, October 5: News Ltd article about City of Melbourne supporting Princes Bridge bike lane.

Tuesday, September 25: ASX AGM and public council meeting.

Monday, September 16: continuing to build this list tracking all AGM dates and cities over the main season. Would love your help.

Saturday, September 14: City of Melbourne's top 20 property valuations released. See story in The Australian.

Thursday, September 12: council governance meeting on media protocols and expenses.

Wednesday, September 11: busy day with ASA, plus council planning meeting.

Tuesday, September 10:
full day at council, concluding with lengthy council meeting in the evening.

Monday, September 9: in Sydney at ASA office and meeting with NSW company monitors.

Saturday, September 7: election day, first state or federal contest missed since 2004.

Friday, September 6: Age/SMH story on Newcrest.

Thursday, September 5: story in The Australian on executive pay, The Business on Newcrest, Mayne Report email edition and Melbourne Conversations debate on "Rupert".

Wednesday, September 4: attended MAV governance conference at Sofitel.

Tuesday, September 3: attended 35th anniversary celebration of the Melbourne-Osaka sister city relationship, plus commented on ABC radio about Get-up's Murdoch ads.

Monday, September 2: comment piece on Murdoch-Rudd for The Guardian, Finance portfolio meeting at City of Melbourne.

Saturday, August 31: attended David Williamson's play, Rupert.

Friday, August 30: in Brisbane for ASA monitor training.

Thursday, August 29: in Brisbane for ASA board meeting. AFIC released notice of meeting revealing board tilt.

Tuesday, August 27: bus tour around East West Link sites then public council meeting.

Monday, August 26: in Perth for training of ASA company monitors.

Sunday, August 25:
released ASA press release on governance reforms plus sent email edition of Mayne Report.

Friday, August 23:
lots of media on light John Gay punishment, plus commented on excessive BHP bonus payments.

Thursday, August 22: ASA monitor training in Adelaide, then up to Barossa for a speech.

Wednesday, August 21:
interview with Fran Kelly on Abbott's $1.6 billion franking credits slug, Crikey story on same.

Tuesday, August 20:
council briefing on East West tunnel, AFR story on CBA pay, Guardian story on Coalition's franking credits hit.

Monday, August 19: full day of ASA monitor training in Melbourne, Mayne Report email edition.

Sunday, August 18:
released this press release as ASA launched major policy discussion paper.

Saturday, August 17: saw the Tigers go down to Carlton.

Friday, August 16:
attended Victorian Senate draw then 4 hour Melbourne audit committee.

Thursday, August 15: missed deadline for candidate nominations for Federal election.

Wednesday, August 14: appeared in Today Tonight story on executive fat cats.

Tuesday, August 13: City of Melbourne committee meeting. Minutes and audio here.

Monday, August 12:
in Sydney for training of 25 ASA monitors from NSW and ACT.

Saturday, August 10: long day of ASA research and preparation.

Friday, August 9:
interviews on ABC Melbourne, ABC Sydney, ABC News24, Lateline and 7pm TV news about Kim Williams departure from News Corp.

Thursday, August 8:
story in The Age on bike paths and shock jocks.

Wednesday, August 7:
ASA work in morning, arvo planning meeting at council, then MAV metro forum.

Tuesday, August 6: council briefing, then speech to local govt valuers and public council meeting.

Monday, August 5:
interview on ABC Tasmania about Gunns, attended Lawrence Money book launch about Amazing Aussie Bastards.

Sunday, August 4: Federal election called.

Friday, August 2:
two interviews on Sky about White Energy and bank tax.

Thursday, August 1:
ASA released this press release on ICAC findings.

Tuesday, July 30:
City of Melbourne August council meeting from 5.30pm, plus briefings in morning.

Monday, July 29:
ASA research on chairs without shares featured in The Australian.

Sunday, July 28:
Sunday Age article on conundrum of minimum apartment sizes.

Saturday, July 27: quoted for ASA in interesting AFR feature on analyst briefings.

Friday, July 26:
Crikey story on Packer vs Nicholas Moore. Regent Theatre motion now online here.

Thursday, July 25:
attended Macquarie Group AGM. Watch webcast of extensive debate.

Wednesday, July 24:
Crikey story on ugly billionaires who hate independent journalism. Speech in Ballarat.

Tuesday, July 23: turned 44. Attended interesting council briefing session with Linking Melbourne Authority.

Monday, July 22: bumper Mayne Report email edition sent out.

Sunday, July 21:
issued ASA media release on Billabong and released ASA's Macquarie Group voting intentions.

Friday, July 19:
Leadership Victoria panel at The Age on media, then attended 3 hour City of Melbourne audit committee.

Thursday, July 18: council consultation with Southbank residents, plus pre-AGM meeting with Carsales CEO and ASA evening meeting.

Wednesday, July 17: regular planning portfolio meeting at council.

Tuesday, July 16: regular Tuesday council briefing session, plus panel debate on media with corporate lawyers.

Monday, July 15: kids back at school, got plenty done.

Sunday, July 14: appeared on Inside Business with Alan Kohler.

Friday, July 12: chaired lengthy ASA phone hook-up, story in The Australian on Joe Gutnick, pre-recorded Inside Business for Sunday.

Wednesday, July 10: interviewed on ABC TV's The Drum about latest Murdoch scandals in UK.

Tuesday, July 9: attended CAMAC round table on future of the AGM in Sydney, then back to Melbourne for CoM committee meeting.

Monday, July 8: in Sydney for meeting of ASA's NSW company monitoring committee.

Friday, July 5: Crikey story on Packer casino deal, story in The Age on loss of council quorum.

Thursday, July 4: live interview on The Business about Sydney casino, plus chatted to Raph Epstein about it on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Tuesday, July 2: attended Future Melbourne Committee meeting. Listen to audio.

Sunday, June 30: appeared on RRR Party Show for end of financial year.

Saturday, June 29:
told The Australian former Centro CEO Andrew Scott should repay his excessive bonuses.

Friday, June 28: Paula's birthday - most important day of the year.

Thursday, June 27: speech to Institute of Chartered Accountants, ABC radio spot on Rudd.

Wednesday, June 26: tour of Australian Ballet School at Southbank, long session watching Canberra antics.

Tuesday, June 25:
ASA meeting with Macquarie Group, public council meeting with a full agenda including budget and 4 year plan.

Monday, June 24: Sent email edition of The Mayne Report.

Friday, June 22:
Crikey story on News Corp demerger.

Thursday, June 21:
ASA consultation meeting with Seek CEO Andrew Bassat.

Wednesday, June 20: interview on Sky Business about Newcrest, Crikey story on councils, plus watched referendum debate in Parliament.

Tuesday, June 19: all day in Canberra at ALGA conference.

Monday, June 18: all day in Canberra at ALGA conference.

Sunday, June 17: flew to Canberra for ALGA conference.

Thursday, June 13: in Sydney for ASA business.

Wednesday, June 12: quoted in ABC radio PM program story on Sydney casino battle.

Tuesday, June 11: lengthy Future Melbourne Committee meeting. Agenda and audio here.

Friday, June 7: Crikey story on Feeney's Batman battle, RN political quiz, plus meetings at council and ASA work.

Thursday, June 6: Finance portfolio meeting at council.

Wednesday, June 5: lots of ASA AGM work.

Tuesday, June 4: council meeting dominated by Arden-MacAuley debate.

Monday, June 3: Crikey story on Batman preselection battle.

Saturday, June 1: debated "art vs sport" at Williamstown Literary Festival.

Friday, May 31: long evening session wrapping up various ASA matters.

Thursday, May 30:
Crikey story on Westfield pay. Interview on 774 ABC Melbourne about political funding.

Wednesday, May 29:
missed Westfield Group AGM in Sydney due to fog.

Tuesday, May 28: monthly public council meeting in the chamber from 5.30pm. Listen to audio.

Monday, May 27: Crikey story on Murdoch backflip, attended launch of Reconciliation Week, interview with ABC Brisbane.

Sunday, May 26: appeared on Inside Business panel discussion.

Saturday, May 25: spent day at RACV Torquay Golf Club.

Friday, May 24: attended morning session of AFL local government day.

Thursday, May 23:
attended second day of Future of Local Government conference, plus Crikey story on Westfield pay deals.

Wednesday, May 22: regular planning portfolio meeting at council, plus attended Future of Local Govt conference.

Tuesday, May 21: council briefings and asked questions at Boart Longyear AGM along with ASA monitor.

Monday, May 20: attended first hour of Leighton AGM in Sydney then spent day in ASA's Chatswood office.

Sunday, May 19:
battled Greg Craven in Sunday Extra debate on local government referendum, plus send this email edition of The Mayne Report.

Friday, May 17:
pre-recorded referendum debate for RN's Sunday Extra and attended Melbourne audit committee meeting.

Thursday, May 16:
represented Melbourne at MAV state council.

Wednesday, May 15: lots of ASA mini-season report processing.

Tuesday, May 14: council briefing and Future Melbourne committee meeting. Listen here.

Monday, May 13:
lengthy governance meeting at council, plus story in The Age on "facadism".

Friday, May 10: panel discussion on developer contributions at Property Council.

Thursday, May 9: City of Melbourne budget released. Listen to debate here.

Monday-Wednesday May 6-8:
in Sydney at ASA national conference.

Friday, May 3: final briefing sessions on Melbourne's budget.

Thursday, May 2:
lengthy phone hook-up on ASA policy review.

Wednesday, May 1: council briefings and listened to Dean Paatsch speech at ASA Investor Hour.

Tuesday, April 30: council briefings and everything passed unanimously at April council meeting.

Monday, April 29: Crikey piece on News Ltd campaign against constitutional recognition.

Friday, April 26:
lodged two motions for debate at next week's council meeting.

Wednesday, April 24: regular planning portfolio meeting at Melbourne.

Tuesday, April 23: regular council briefing session plus separate discussions on budget and council plan.

Monday, April 22: sent out this bumper Mayne Report email edition.

Friday, April 19:
three hour budget session at council, plus late night working on email edition.

Thursday, April 18: more budget and governance meetings at council, plus quoted in The OZ on David Crawford.

Wednesday, April 17:
3 council meetings and discussed Lend Lease tender on audit with The Australian.

Tuesday, April 16:
AFR story on Prime Ag EGM. Budget planning day and council meeting.

Monday, April 15: in Sydney for Prime AG EGM and ASA commitments.

Sunday, April 14: very cold surf at Smith's Beach. Rode across Phillip Island with kids.

Saturday, April 13: drove back to Phillip Island.

Friday, April 12: drove back from Phillip Island for council budget session then attended Comedy Festival gig.

Thursday, April 11: ASA and council work in morning then drove to Phillip Island with kids.

Wednesday, April 10: planning portfolio meeting at council.

Tuesday, April 9: council briefing session.

Monday, April 8: busy day editing ASA's Equity magazine.

Friday, April 5: bus tour of council buildings and Herald Sun story on Fire Services Levy.

Thursday, April 4:
interview on ABC Gold Coast about Billabong situation.

Wednesday, April 3: attended regular planning meeting with senior officer from DPCD.

Tuesday, April 2: two hour council briefing session.

Monday, April 1: drove back from RACV Cobram.

Thursday, March 28: drove up to RACV Cobram for Easter break.

Wednesday, March 27: big pay protest vote at QBE Insurance AGM.

Tuesday, March 26: public council meeting. Listen to audio here.

Monday, March 25: interview on ABC Gold Coast about Billabong.

Friday, March 23: council briefings and received petition from Carl Katter.

Thursday, March 22: watched upper house Question Time then panel discussion at municipal engineers conference.

Wednesday, March 20: on panel with Tony Jones and 6 others at AIST conference in Brisbane.

Tuesday, March 19: council briefings and then a boat tour of Docklands.

Monday, March 18: attended launch of Crown's Reconciliation Action Plan, plus commented on ASIC's high frequency trading paper.

Sunday, March 17: attended F1 Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Friday, March 15: council briefings and attended Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards at Crown.

Thursday, March 14: finished editing of ASA Equity magazine.

Wednesday, March 13: speech to Gippsland branch of ASA in Traralgan.

Tuesday, March 12: council briefing on 4 year plan, plus Future Melbourne Committee meeting.

Monday, March 11: participated in remuneration forum in Perth.

Sunday, March 10: meeting in Perth with ASA's WA monitoring team.

Friday, March 8: panel discussion at big Rotary breakfast for International Women's Day.

Thursday, March 7: speech to national seniors group, panel discussion at UDIA conference at Crown, finance portfolio meeting.

Wednesday, March 6: planning meeting at Melbourne, interviewed by Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne after Ted Baillieu resigned.

Tuesday, March 5: another interview on Jon Faine about Matthew Guy, council briefings and then committee meeting.

Sunday, March 3:
Faine bunfight included in Sunday Age feature on Matthew Guy.

Friday, March 1:
scored 14 votes in MAV election, sent this report to councilors on historic gender victory.

Thursday, February 28:
Herald Sun story on skyscraper, interview with Jon Faine on planning, attended part of ASA board meeting, appeared in 7.30 story on Murdochs and Ten.

Wednesday, February 27: chaired all day meeting of ASA state company monitoring leaders.

Tuesday, February 26: council briefings and then public council meeting.

Monday, February 25:
Crikey story on Lachlan Murdoch, chatted about Network Ten on ABC Melbourne, council briefings, MAV lobbying and more preparation for this week's ASA meetings.

Saturday, February 23:
supported BHP-Billiton pay practices in Fairfax press and worked on various ASA papers.

Friday, February 22:
Crikey piece on battle to save campaign for constitutional recognition of local government. City of Melbourne audit committee.

Thursday, February 21:
emailed 3000 local government professionals on MAV and constitutional recognition campaigns.

Wednesday, February 20: long interview on ABC Brisbane about Brisconnections and BHP, ASA speech in Bendigo and attended MAV Presidential forum in Benalla.

Tuesday, February 19:
sent bumper email edition of The Mayne Report. MAV Presidential debate at Collins St office.

Monday, February 18: editorial in The Age on campaign finance, appeared on The Business discussing APN board coup and attended MAV Presidential forum in Stawell.

Friday, February 15:
council briefing on rating strategy and story in The Age on calls for campaign finance reform.

Wednesday, February 13:
brief mention of MAV election in print edition of Weekly Times.

Tuesday, February 12: long day of council briefings and then Future Melbourne committee meeting.

Monday, February 11: attended capital works briefing at council.

Sunday, February 10: long day processing AGM reports for ASA magazine. Liked this Robert Doyle column for Rupert.

Saturday, February 9:
Weekly Times story on MAV tilt.

Friday, February 8:
solid 3 hour session on Melbourne's 4 year council plan.

Thursday, February 7: nominated for President of Municipal Association of Victoria. See VEC website.

Wednesday, February 6: good meeting with ASA chair, plus attended meetings at council.

Tuesday, February 5: long day of council briefings and chat followed by public committee meeting.

Monday, February 4:
Herald Sun story on revamped planning procedures in Melbourne.

Friday, February 1:
trawled through dump of donations data from 9am. See updated Herald Sun story on 200m+ Southbank proposal. ...

Thursday, January 31:
happy to support Cr Richard Foster's bold proposal on smoking bans, plus attended several meetings at Town Hall.

Wednesday, January 30: kids back at school, letter in AFR about Network Ten shafting, briefings at council, ABC Gippsland interview and Sky Business interview on Qantas and Gina.

Tuesday, January 28: first official briefing session of the year for councillors and ASA's February edition of Equity magazine released.

Saturday, January 26: participated in Australia Day parade from Town Hall and quoted in media defending "two strikes" regime after Penrice Soda EGM .

Friday, January 25: quoted in Adele Ferguson article defending "two strikes" regime, plus this Cameron England News Ltd piece. $4500 gain exiting BC Iron and Macmahon capital raising plays.

Thursday, January 24:
took kids to Melbourne City Baths and North Melbourne aquatic facility.

Wednesday, January 23:
page 3 article in The Age about differential rates on pokies venues and Crikey story on Rio Tinto.

Tuesday, January 22: 7 hour session at council, quoted in ABC story on ranting shareholders.

Monday, January 21: full day of ASA work publishing reports, researching voting, updating monitors and proofing magazine.

Sunday, January 20:
long day working on ASA editing and reports, then enjoyed Djokovic epic.

Friday, January 18: day in Sorrento with family, tried out new Peninsular Link.

Thursday, January 17:
Crikey story on Network Ten's poorly structured capital raising.

Wednesday, January 16: attended Australian Open, interviewed on The Drum about AMP Capital's support for the "two strikes" regime.

Tuesday, January 15: first visit to Melbourne Town Hall since NYE. Melbourne Times story on possible planning reforms.

Monday, January 14: full day editing AGM reports for February edition of ASA's Equity magazine.

Sunday, January 13: sent this Michael Pascoe article to all Manningham councillors.

Saturday, January 12:
long day on ASA reports then attended opening night of Jersey Boys.

Friday, January 11: criticised Jack Tilburn on ABC Radio's AM program. Drove back from Illawarra holiday, quoted in Fairfax piece on pay.

Thursday, January 10: interviewed on Radio Australia about Whitehaven Coal hoax.

Tuesday, January 8: attended 3 hour staff meeting at ASA head quarters in Sydney. Excellent late afternoon surf at Maroubra in 41 deg heat.

Sunday, January 6: visited lovely Wombarra Sculpture Garden.

Friday, January 4: drove to sleepy hamlet of Wombarra between Sydney and Wollongong for a house-sitting holiday.

Thursday, January 3: visited Mint and War Memorial in Canberra followed by entertaining dinner with 3 public servants and a tough family lawyer.

Wednesday, January 2: drove to Canberra with family.