The Mayne Report's 2009 diary


January 27, 2011

Sunday, December 27: after 10 years of losses, finally won the old school's invitational golf contest courtesy of being the organiser with a handicap of 30.

Thursday, December 24: judged Christmas decorations at Manningham council then attended staff Christmas lunch. A great day all round.

Wednesday, December 23: Crikey story on scandalous lack of women on boards. Last spot for the year on 774 ABC Melbourne with Libby Gore. Feisty AWB AGM today where as a candidate received just under 10%, and the remuneration report suffered a heavy defeat. Listen to all the questions here.

Tuesday, December 22: Crikey story on cynically-timed December AGMs and attended special Manningham Council meeting approving three neighbourhood places of last resort for fire season.

Monday, December 21: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery. Discussed the year in review with Rod Quinn on ABC local radio across the country.



Friday, December 18:
attended last hour of marathon ANZ AGM and got abused by chairman's wife for being "f*cking rude" to Lee Kuan Yew's son who was up for re-election and clearly wasn't expecting a spray about democratic oppression in Singapore. Listen to questions here.

Thursday, December 17: received 5.6% of votes in favour at NAB AGM in Brisbane and blasted board over SPP shafting. Go here to watch edited videos of our questions.

Wednesday, December 16: Crikey story on Woolies spinner coming to Manningham council meeting last night. Interview on 2GB about Westpac AGM.

Tuesday, December 15: exited $15,000 St Barbara Mines capital raising play with $1100 gain. See full list of 2009 plays. Action packed final council meeting for year with big barney over attacks on our nursing home.

Monday, December 14:
Crikey story on Moreland council battles and exited $10,000 Amcil SPP with $450 gain. Watch excellent speeches by Michelle Timms and co at today's launch of Templestowe community bank. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery.




Friday, December 11: Crikey story on Ten Network AGM.

Thursday, December 10: interview with Tim Cox on 936 ABC Hobart about corporate puppy ASIC. Attended Network Ten AGM and fired off this email edition. Listen all the exchanges here.

Wednesday, December 9:
check out this story in The Age about 5-4 defeat in Manningham mayoral ballot along with my account in Crikey. Listen to the audio from the meeting here.

Latest bumper edition: check it out here.

NAB, Ten and AWB board campaigns: click here for all the relevent information on the three December board tilts aimed at stopping ongoing shaftings of retail investors.

Tuesday, December 8: exited Moly Mines capital raising play with gain of about $400.

Monday, December 7: informal ballot for 2010 mayor of Manningham. Was defeated 5-4 by incumbent mayor Charles Pick.

Sunday, December 6: did RRR Party Show year end wrap from midnight until 2am. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery.






Friday, December 4: lunch time speech to local government professional association. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery.



Thursday, December 3: quit BBI SPP confirming loss of $3000. Ouch.

Wednesday, December 2: spoke at Australian Investor Relations Association conference in Sydney and regular spot on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Tuesday, December 1: another 4 hour special briefing session at council.

Monday, November 30: attended David Jones and Seek AGMs on last day of the AGM season. Plenty of good debate.

Friday, November 27: check out this hard hitting Crikey story on pokies and the Woolies AGM.

Thursday, November 26: attended Woolies AGM in Sydney going hard on the massive pokies operation. Brief edition sent out following the Woolies AGM. Listen to all questions from the meeting. Watch the ABC Midday News about the Woolworths AGM.

Wednesday, November 25: attended REA Group AGM. Listen to nine questions. Plus regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discusing Malcolm and emissions.

Tuesday, November 24: attended RACV AGM and then public council meeting in Manningham.

Monday, November 23: Crikey story on Mike Rann saga.

Friday, November 20: attended Clive Peeters AGM asking detailed questions about $20 million fraud. Go here for the edited audio from the meeting. Wednesday's Hansen Technology AGM in Doncaster audio available here.

Thursday, November 19: exited Kathmandu, Praemium Investors and Po Valley Energy capital raising plays for overall gain of about $1700. Crikey story on One-Tel judgement.

Wednesday, November 18: attended Hansen Technology AGM in Doncaster. Regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing Jodee Rich's victory against ASIC.

Tuesday, November 17: asked loads of questions at Centro Properties Group AGM in Melbourne. Listen to edited highlights.

Monday, November 16: check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery.








Thursday, November 12: attended very lively RHG and Treasury Group AGMs in Sydney featuring contested elections. Exited Capral capital raising play with gain of $2500.

Wednesday, November 11: check out this 1500 word piece for Fairfax calling for major reforms to the governance of super funds. Crikey story summarising Fairfax Media AGM votes.

Tuesday, November 10: attended Fairfax Media AGM in Sydney this morning. Came last with all challengers getting less than 10% but debate was good. Go here for all the edited audio from the meeting.

Monday, November 9:
Listen to all the edited 11 questions we asked at the civilised Seven Network AGM in Sydney. Big edition sent out this afternoon. Network Ten released notice of meeting for AGM and have butchered my platform whilst injecting their own arguments defending shafting of retail shareholders.

Sunday, November 8: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery.




Saturday, November 7:
attended soft opening of magnificent new RACV Healesville Country Club.

Friday, November 6: in Perth for up to four AGMs and on 720 ABC Perth with Geoff Hutchison discussing the day. Exited Myer for $500 loss. Chat on 774 ABC Melbourne about the need for more women on corporate boards in Australia.

Thursday, November 5: Crikey story on Telstra AGM, plus listen to excellent debate at yesterday's Transfield Services AGM.

Wednesday, November 4: attended parts of Oceania Capital, Transfield Services and Telstra AGMs in Sydney. Only asked three questions at Telstra not realising there would be no later debate on remuneration report and director elections. Regular chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing Telstra AGM, Westpac profit, interest rates and Peter Costello's new job.

Tuesday, November 3: big Melbourne Cup win as exited Elders and Boart Longyear capital raising plays with $7000 gain. See full list of plays here.

Monday, November 2: Myer float tanks, read all about it in latest bumper Mayne Report email edition. Big column on AWB capital raising rip-off for Fairfax. Exited AWB capital raising play for $6000 gain. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery.



Friday, October 30: interview about economy on Radio Australia and joined Boardroom Radio weekend wrap.

Thursday, October 29: chat on 720 ABC Perth discussing casinos and tourism. Lead Crikey story on James Packer AGMs.

Wednesday, October 28: asked lots of questions of James Packer at Crown and Consolidated Media AGMs in Melbourne. Edited audio here. Regular spot on 774 ABC Melbourne with Lindy Burns discussing Packer, NAB and the Myer float.

Tuesday, October 27: big column for Fairfax on executive pay revolts at Bendigo Bank and Transurban. Listen to the heavy audio exchanges at Transurban. Chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing AGMs, protest votes and Transurban. 4BC Brisbane with Mike Smith discussing executive pay.

Monday, October 26: check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery.



Saturday-Sunday October 24-25: two day session on governance, strategic issues and review of first year for new council at City of Manningham.


Friday, October 23: exited FEA entitlement offer and barely broke even. Made about $400 exiting Watpac offer. Listen here for edited highlights from Asciano AGM today over retail shafting, pay and board composition.

Thursday, October 22: interesting 40 minute discussion about power before 5am news with Trevor Chappell on ABC overnights. Attended Paperlinx AGM in the morning in Melbourne with Reece in the afternoon. Listen here for some questions from the Reece AGM.

Wednesday, October 21: exited RCU capital raising play for profit of $1360. See full list of plays. Speech to local government officers at Victorian Parliament house.

Tuesday, October 20: good discussion on ABC Gold Coast about the role of the media in the 21st century. Big email edition went out early this morning. Attended Pacific Brands AGM - listen to audio highlights. Lost $900 exiting CMV capital raising play. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery.



Challenging super funds: check out this big speech at Tuesday's Super Ratings conference challenging the super industry to get active.

Friday, October 16: exited ISOFT and Industrea SPPs for gain of $3000. Appeared on Sky's Business View program discussing Murdoch, Fairfax, Woolies, JB Hi Fi, CBA and the economy.

Thursday, October 15:
spoke at conference on capital raisings in Sydney and attended all other sessions. Very interesting.

Wednesday, October 14: attended JB Hi Fi AGM asking more questions than last six years of meetings combined. Listen to exchange about pokies giant Woolies. Regular spot on 774 ABC Melbourne talking about JB, Qantas and Fairfax. Guest speaker at Manningham Centre Association AGM where have just joined board as part of council responsibilities.

Tuesday, October 13: big speech to superannuation trustees at Super Partners "Day of Confrontation" at Docklands.

Monday, October 12: exited Healthscope share purchase plan for gain of $1550. Appeared on 4 Corners in story on James Packer. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery.





Friday, October 9: exited Folkestone capital raising play with modest $240 gain. Lunch with former Manningham councillors.

Thursday, October 8: sent this brief statement to journalists after Fairfax Media released notice of meeting for AGM.

Wednesday, October 7: exited scaled back Cougar Energy and Ramsay Healthcare SPPs for gain of $2800. See full list of plays. Regular chat on 774 ABC discussing Costello, banks and the world of finance.

Tuesday, October 6: appeared on Lateline Business last night in AGM season preview and speech to local Probus Club this morning. New Cornwall animation about the 'recession'.

Monday, October 5: weekly email edition sent out. New Cornwall cartoons - check out the gallery here.




Friday, October 2: Crikey story on Fairfax board and the no vacancy rort being shut down by the Productivity Commission.

Thursday, October 1: interview on ABC Perth about executive pay reforms.

Wednesday, September 30: in Sydney for ASX AGM where we asked seven questions. Macquarie Airports EGM at 2pm but had to leave before question time. Heavily scaled back in Ramsay Healthcare SPP. Chat on 666 ABC Canberra about corporate governance and delivered evening lecture at the University of Canberra.

Tuesday, September 29: exited Spotless and Skilled Engineering SPPs along with EMA options for a profit of $4400 to finish September up $32,229. See full list of plays here. Crikey article about poor news coverage of Fairfax battle.

Monday, September 28: plenty of reaction to latest lively email edition. Crikey story on executive pay. Chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the Myer float, interest rates and the world of finance with Libby Gore.
New Cornwall cartoons - check out the gallery here.






Sunday, September 27:
appeared on Compass in debate about ethics at 10.05pm on ABC1.

Saturday, September 26: disappointed Saints went down then braved cold to watch Storm beat Broncos at Etihad.

Friday, September 25: Crikey story on power and Fairfax.

Thursday, September 24: attended Mirrabooka AGM - the first of the season. Chat with Michael Smith from 4BC Brisbane discussing Canwest selling out of Network Ten.

Wednesday, September 23: check out latest Mayne Report email edition, including details of Fairfax Media boart tilt. Talking with ABC business editor Peter Ryan about the rumblings at Fairfax and board tilt. Regular chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC radio discussing Mike Fitzpatrick, Fairfax rumblings and the market.



Tuesday, September 22:
exited Sedgman and Bank of Queensland capital raising plays for profit of $1711.

Monday, September 21: exited Hills Industries and Amcor capital raising plays for profit of $1790. New Cornwall cartoons - check out the gallery here.







Saturday, September 19: fun new Mayne Report video on pollies and journos featuring Turnbull, Costello and Kennett.

Friday, September 18: exited scaled back SPP from uranium explorer EMA with $900 gain.

Thursday, September 17: exited Goodman Group capital raising plays for $9000 gain.

Wednesday, September 16: on 774 ABC Melbourne with Bruce Guthrie and guest Malcolm Turnbull talking about the media. Regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne and appeared on 1233 ABC Newcastle discussing Telstra. Exited two Bendigo Bank capital raising plays with profit of $3083.

Tuesday, September 15:
new Fairfax column on capital raisings and bumper Mayne Report email edition.

Monday, September 14: exited Structural Systems SPP for gain of $1040. New Cornwall cartoons - check out the gallery here.









Friday, September 11: reviewed the week on Sky News Business program Business View. Repeated throughout weekend. See edited video. Crikey story on Woolies resisting pokies reform like Wesfarmers.

Thursday, September 10:
in Sydney for speech to 30 staff from top 30 company and later meeting with activist fund.

Wednesday, September 9: gross profit of $1333 exiting $10,000 investment in Intermoco SPP. Regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the markets and Wall St.

Tuesday, September 8:
meaty Mayne Report edition covering Elders, AMP, Virgin, Woolies, Australand, Walkleys, activism, profit season and much more. Exited $15,000 Whitehaven Coal SPP with profit of $1967.

Monday, September 7: completed comprehensive 2008-09 biggest losers lists after $414m Elders loss released late Friday. New Cornwall cartoons - check out the gallery here.


Friday, September 4: big Fairfax column on end of the disastrous 2008-09 earnings season. Crikey story on Fairfax chairman Ron Walker.

Thursday, September 3: Crikey story on 10th anniversary of Jeffed.com.

Wednesday, September 2: exited $40,000 Australand capital raising play with solid $8000 profit. Regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the results season and the economy.

Tuesday, September 1: lost $1000 on CBH Resources SPP and wrote story for Crikey on end of profit season. Completed full list of 285 companies which reported earnings on last day possible, including a record 227 losses.



Monday, August 31: exited two scaled back NAB SPPs for gain of $2500. Crikey story tracking deluge of losses on last day of reporting season - see full list.

Sunday, August 30: new Cornwall cartoons - check out the gallery here.



Saturday
, August 29: Appeared on Sky's Business View program - see edited highlights. Appeared at Melbourne Writers' Festival interviewing Robert Macklin on his new history of BHP-Billiton.

Friday, August 28: column for Fairfax's BusinessDay wrapping the profit season. Interview on 4BC about NAB's retail scale back scandal. Second email edition for the week.

Thursday, August 27: Crikey story on media ownership shake-up.

Wednesday, August 26: Regular spot on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing James Packer exiting Seek and the flow of red ink at the end of the profit season. Sent big email edition.

Tuesday, August 25: interview on ABC News Radio about ASX being stripped of its regulatory powers.

Monday, August 24:
new Cornwall cartoons - check out the gallery here.








Friday, August 21: Crikey story on Rupert's spinner Greg Baxter and his James Hardie legacy. Exited Asciano capital raising play for gain of $3626. See full list of capital raising plays.

Thursday, August 20: Chat with Richard Glover on 702 ABC Sydney discussing the James Hardie fines.

Wednesday, August 19: spoke at big economics conference in Sydney and regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing emissions trading, state of the economy and James Hardie.

Monday, August 17: big piece for the Fairfax websites getting stuck into bank cartel gouging and capital raising rip-offs.

New Cornwall cartoons - check out the gallery here.



Friday, August 14: exited Roc Oil and Innamincka Petroleum capital raising offers with gross profit of $2860. See full list of capital raising plays.

Thursday, August 13: dinner with Borondarra councillors in Camberwell.

Wednesday, August 12: regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing BHP, CBA and Clive Peeters. Check out the main video of IQ2 debate on media honesty, plus the closing comments. Listen here or get the podcast.

Tuesday, August 11: Public council meeting at Manningham.

Monday, August 10: exited Macquarie Leisure capital raising offer for $340 gain. Crikey story on Fairfax director's conflicts. New Cornwall cartoons - check out the gallery here.




Friday, August 7:
seventh instalment of series for Fairfax websites about how retail investors should play capital raisings. Cracking Mayne Report email edition sent at 4pm. Heaps of new video and audio to check out. Crikey story on business commentators sucking up to Don Argus.

Thursday, August 6: check out this hard-hitting letter in The AFR challenging the Don Argus board record. Watch the video or get the podcast of discussion about Rupert Murdoch's decision to charge users for online newspapers on Thursday's ABC TV Midday News.

Made profit of $3342 exiting Cockatoo Coal, GME Resources and Northern Energy capital raising plays - see full list.

Wednesday, August 5: regular chat with Lindy Burns discussing Jac Nasser, Don Argus and media untruths.


Tuesday, August 4: was on the IQ2 debating panel for the affirmative on the topic "The media cannot be trusted to tell the truth". Can the media be trusted at these moments? Are commercial imperatives overwhelming considerations of public interest?

Monday, August 3:
new Cornwall cartoons posted today. Check out the gallery here.



Friday, July 31:
reviewing the week on Sky News Business program Business View at 2pm. Check out this list of the best and worst of our SPP plays so far this year which has delivered gross paper profits of around $192,698.

Wednesday, July 29: asked six batches of questions at Macquarie Group AGM in Sydney. Have a listen. Regular chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the Macquarie AGM, BHP-Billiton negotiations and bank fees.

Tuesday, July 28:
sent out new Mayne Report edition – see complete archive of email editions.

Monday, July 27: exited Macarthur Coal and Karoon Gas share purchase plans for $13,000 in crystallised profits.

Saturday, July 25: fire at Manningham Council offices last night even made ABC TV news. Everyone okay, thankfully. Interview with Geraldine Doogue on ABC Radio National previewing Macquarie Group AGM on Wednesday.

Friday, July 24: dinner at the Lyceum Club accompanying Paula who was representing RACV.

Thursday, July 23: 40th birthday. Oh dear, time to grow up. Interview with Tim Cox on 936 ABC Hobart about Caterpillar worldwide announcing a profit and retrenchments.

Wednesday, July 22:
at the Asciano EGM this morning questioning the dilution of the retail sector in the latest capital raising. Go here to listen to our questions. Regular chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Tuesday, July 21:
created a new playlist of videos from all our encounters with the Millionaire's Factory over the years. Check it out here and all our other special video playlists. If you are on the go, then go here to grab the podcasts and be informed and entertained on the way to work.


Monday, July 20:
posted latest Cornwall cartoon to the gallery. Made $830 exiting Fantastic Holdings after $5000 SPP and dumped stack of other shares into rising market. Go here to see all trades in 2009.

Friday, July 17: Latest Mayne Report edition sent to subscribers. completely shafted by punitive scale back in Asciano and Australian Infrastructure Fund offers.

Thursday, July 16: speech to annual dinner of Melbourne University's commerce faculty alumni - see feedback here.

Wednesday, July 15: regular spot chatting to Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne and updated list tracking all federal government bond issues.

Tuesday, July 14: exited other half of ANZ investment for additional $1800 gain. See full list of capital raising plays and all share trades.
Arrived home after 12 days in Singapore and UK.

Monday, July 13: exited half of $30,000 investment in ANZ capital raising for $1500 gain. Asciano offer closed, pumped in extra $15,000 bringing total commitment to $57,000 through two entitlements.

Friday, July 10: exited Graincorp and Mirvac capital raising offers for $1800 profit, lifting July gains to $8600 so far.

Thursday, July 8:
: transcript from Productivity Commission executive pay appearance available.



Tuesday, July 6: exited Automotive Holdings for $3000 profit but brutally scaled back at Ausenco, missing out on $10,000 upside.

Monday, July 5: went to the book launch of Child of Tibet - a lost innocence. A great event for a great cause with guest speaker Senator Bob Brown. Watch the Senator's speech here.

Thursday, July 2: ploughed $40,000 into capital raising offers from ANZ, Karoon Gas and Fantastic Holdings.

Wednesday, July 1: sold $70,000 worth of shares to kick off new financial year - see updated list of all trades.

Tuesday
, June 30: regular council meeting - gave Westfield a big spray for over-reaching on 10-level apartment tower proposal which was unanimously rejected by council and the officers.

Monday, June 29: another piece on capital raising profits for Fairfax's BusinessDay websites then attended special council meeting to approve budget, 5-year financial plan and 4-year council plan.

Saturday, June 27: was a guest on The Party Show on RRR Melbourne discussing the end of one one of the most turbulent financial years in memory. Listen to edited highlights.

Friday, June 26: member edition sent out highlighting great Macquarie Leisure arbitrage opportunity open until close of trading on Monday. Check it out here. Lively new video on history of engagement with The Chaser boys and a new animation from The Mayne Report's resident cartoonist Mark Cornwall

Thursday, June 25: lecture to the stockmarket class at the University of the Third Age in East Doncaster, advisory council meeting on aquatic facility and presentation to volunteers at The Manningham Centre nursing home.

Wednesday, June 24: appeared for one hour before Productivity Commission hearing on executive pay. Regular chat with Lindy Burrns on 774 ABC Melbourne. Cameo appearance on The Chaser and speech to Doncaster branch of National Seniors Association.

Tuesday, June 23: fourth installment of this major series on capital raisings for Fairfax websites. Sold 7407 Stockland shares at $3.01. Panel discussion at lunch forum for Victorian public servants about spin doctors and after dinner speech to 60 corporate spin doctors.

Monday, June 22: happy outcome from Billabong capital raising - see full list of plays.


Friday, June 19: represented Manningham Mayor Charles Pick at Veneto Club President's dinner. Back in 2002 they produced this spoof obituary in their Chaser Annual.

Thursday, June 18: profitable partial exit from Stockland plus see today's version of world's biggest small portfolio.

Wednesday
, June 17: happy exits from Santos and Seek. Regular chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne about the world of finance.

Tuesday, June 16: another big piece on capital raising profits for Fairfax's BusinessDay websites and click here to see all our trades so far in 2009. Check out the latest member updates. Another cracking email edition sent out this afternoon.

Monday, June 15: another 25 trades playing the tax-losses and capital raisings game.

Friday, June 12: more busy trading after another good week on the markets playing the capital raisings game.

Thursday, June 11: candidate for OZ Minerals board. Good reception from the floor but only 7% of proxies in favour. Check out this updated list of all Chinese government investments in Australia.

Wednesday, June 10: guest on the RRR Melbourne Breakfasters show plus regular chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne about Rudd, Chinese takeovers and Telstra pay.

Monday, June 8: cracking email edition sent out this afternoon and guest on 774 ABC Melbourne evening show with fill-in presenter Catherine Deveny.

Friday
, June 5: appeared on Sky's Business View program this afternoon discussing the defunct Rio-Chinalco deal, Oz Minerals, dodging the recession, capital raising and much more. More great results from share purchase plans. Interview with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the Rio-BHP deal.

Wednesday, June 3: another big piece on capital raising profits for Fairfax's BusinessDay websites and click here to see all our trades so far in 2009. Check out the latest member updates.

Tuesday, June 2: interview on 4BC Brisbane discussing shock $15 billion Queensland government fire sale with Drive presenter Mike Smith.

Friday, May 29: speech in Sydney at Financial Services Accountant's Association annual conference and quoted in "rorts and share schemes" story on Fran Kelly's Radio National Breakfast program.

Thursday
, May 28: adjudicated final of Monash Uni's school economic debating competition.

Wednesday, May 27: regular spot with ABC Drive presenter Lindy Burns.

Tuesday, May 26: interview on 2UE Sydney with John Stanley discussing ALP's coming $20m pokies windfall, responding to this Crikey story on the same topic.

Monday, May 25: in Sydney for GPT AGM - listen to edited highlights. Crikey story on Alumina capital raising.

Saturday, May 23: cracking email edition sent out revealing all on the capital raisings front, plus much more.

Friday, May 22: interview on 936 ABC Hobart talking to Libby Gore about banks, debt, super and other things financial.

Thursday, May 21: was supposed to be in Sydney for Macquarie Airports AGM, but Melbourne fog cancelled the flight. Attempted to have questions asked through a third party. Listen to the chairman's response here.

Wednesday, May 20: regular spot on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the departure of Sol Trujillo.

Tuesday, May 19: big piece for Fairfax websites on the fairness of capital raisings. Also, check out the most recent Mayne Report email edition.

Monday, May 18: interview with Deborah Cameron on 702 ABC Sydney about tall people earning more money. Interview about Great Southern Plantations collapse on ABC radio's Country Hour.

Friday, May 15: here are videos of our questions from yesterday's AMP AGM. Kudos to AMP for the high production values. Interview about foreign debt with Mike Smith on 4BC Brisbane.

Thursday, May 14: attended AMP AGM in Sydney. Listen to the edited audio and watch this video of exchange over former James Hardie chair Meredith Hellicar.

Wednesday, May 13: regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the Federal budget, government spending, Commonwealth Bank and Crown.

Tuesday, May 12: bumper Mayne Report edition sent out today on budget, debt, Crown expansion, OZ Minerals tilt, Westfield, Axa, Alumina and much more.

Friday, May 8:
filming with a crew from the ABC program Compass. Radio chat on 720 ABC Perth about the newly appointed Telstra CEO and chair.

Thursday, May 7: attended Alumina AGM and fired off a few questions, plus Future of Local Government conference in Melbourne then was after dinner speaker for the Victorian TAFE Association annual conference.

Wednesday, May 6: attended the AXA Asia Pacific AGM this morning. A good debate so have a listen to these sprays. Regular chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Monday, May 4:
Crikey article bagging Dean Paatsch from RiskMetrics for not recommending against the Westfield remuneration report. Interview on 774 ABC with Lindy Burns about Victoria's wobbly AAA credit rating.

Friday, May 1: big column for Fairfax websites on the record pay cuts at Macquarie Group, plus discussed the results with 774 ABC Melbourne's Jon Faine. Also did this Macquarie interview with Deborah Cameron on 702 ABC Sydney. Quick update emailed to members, plus appeared on Sky's Business View program discussing Macquarie, bank profits, budget deficits and corporate voting. Check the video highlights here.

Thursday, April 30:
big email edition of the Mayne Report sent out.

Wednesday, April 29: regular weekly chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne covering bank profits, Dick Pratt and public sector debt.

Tuesday, April 28: column for Fairfax websites revealing how ANZ has lost more than $1 million paying for a Paris Hilton New Year's Eve party. Listen to interview with 4BC's Mike Smith about Paris.

Friday, April 24: appeared on the Radio National program The National Interest discussing the Future Fund campaign against Telstra chairman Donald McGauchie.

Thursday, April 23:
up in Sydney the Caltex AGM where we asked three questions. Then off to Spark Infrastructure at 11.30am where we asked six questions.

Wednesday, April 22:
attended Bell Financial Group AGM and regular chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Tuesday, April 21: column for Fairfax bagging new Rio chairman and listen to some audio from yesterday's AGM.

Monday, April 20: attended Rio Tinto AGM in Sydney after predicting trouble for Sir Rod Eddington's re-election four weeks ago in this online Fairfax column. Check out the voting results as Sir Rod would have been defeated if Chinalco had voted against him.

Friday, April 17: breakfast speech at Brimbank Council business forum, Crikey story on upcoming Rio Tinto AGM and lively Mayne Report email edition sent at 9.30pm.

Wednesday, April 15: hard hitting column for Fairfax's businessday.com.au on BrisConnections fiasco. Morning interviews on ABC local radio in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra , plus this chat with Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National. Regular afternoon chat with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing Brisconnections, ABC Learning and the world of finance.

Tuesday, April 14: interview with Mike Smith of 4BC Brisbane discussing the Brisconnections deal that delivered a $4 million profit to the largest shareholder after selling to German construction giant Leighton.

Latest email edition: this lively email edition was sent on Thursday night.


Thursday, April 9:
appeared on Sky's Business View program to discuss the week in business.

Wednesday, April 8: attended QBE Insurance AGM in Sydney. Watch Lateline Business story with comments praising the insurance giant.

Tuesday, April 7: attended CFS Retail and Commonwealth Office EGMs in Sydney. Appeared on SBS Insight program debate about executive pay. Watch these edited highlights. You can see the entire program here.

Monday, April 6: big column for Fairfax's www.businessday.com.au website summarising the executive pay debate ahead of the SBS Insight special tomorrow night. Mayne Report edition going out this afternoon. Chatting with Mike Smith on 4BC Brisbane about the Brisconnections fiasco.

Friday, April 3:
interview on Friday morning with Virginia Trioli and Joe O'Brien from ABC2 Breakfast about the Brisconnections fiasco.

Wednesday, April 1: interview on 774 ABC Melbourne with Lindy Burns discussing the economy, Chinese and foreign ownership of Australia's infrastructure.

Tuesday, Mar 31: weekly edition sent to subscribers and partial version to others. Check out video blog interview with Dean Paatsch from Risk Metrics.

Monday, Mar 30:
hard hitting opinion piece for Fairfax business websites on coming protest votes at Rio, AMP and Westfield. Attended Risk Metrics conference on governance.

Friday, Mar 27: substantial upgrade to Mayne Report Rich List after another fascinating BRW version hit the streets.

Wednesday, Mar 25:
regular spot with Lindy Burns on ABC Melbourne and Crikey story on Kevin Rudd's indecently hasty schools cash splash.

Tuesday, Mar 23: special column for Fairfax's Business Day site on how the Chinese Government will save Sir Rod Eddington from a shareholder revolt at Rio Tinto.

Sunday, Mar 21: cracking weekly edition sent to subscribers.

Thursday, Mar 19: interview on 936 ABC Hobart with Tim Cox discussing the Alco-pops debacle and the new executive pay laws. We have increased our audio and video podcasts this week along our favourite audio from AGMs since 2007. There is also a new Sky Business View package which collates the best of our discussions on the show over the past year.

Wednesday, Mar 18: big day on radio, with interviews on 702 ABC Sydney, 2GB Sydney and 774 ABC Melbourne, on the back of the announcement from the treasurer about new regulations concerning executive pay.

Monday, Mar 16:
interview on 4BC Brisbane with Mike Smith discussing bank rip-offs.

Friday, Mar 13: flew to Sydney for Babcock & Brown's EGM for noteholders, which was cancelled after administrators appointed. Did Business View panel for Sky News Business live from Foxtel studios. Interview from Sydney with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing ANZ shifting more jobs to India and the death of Babcock & Brown. Check out this special Babcock & Brown video package.

Thursday, Mar 12: Sent out latest email edition with our first video blog for 2009.

Wednesday, Mar 11:
interview on 774 ABC Melbourne with Lindy Burns discussing the share market spike, debt, wealth destruction and other things financial.

Tuesday, Mar 10: Interview on 4BC Brisbane with Mike Smith discussing Queensland's debt crisis.

Monday, Mar 9:
lead Crikey story on the incredible Woolworths dominance over Victorian pokies venues.

Thursday, Mar 5:
more videos added to our podcast and video archive. Check out the video about the Pixie Skase story on Today Tonight last night.

Wednesday, Mar 4:
interview with The Breakfasters on RRR Melbourne discussing Pacific Brands, executive pay and the global economic crisis. Subscriber edition sent today outlining the massive losses announced this profit season. Appeared on Today Tonight bagging Pixie Skase and A Current Affair commenting on Matthew Perrin. Regular interview on 774 ABC Melbourne with Lindy Burns discussing rich listers under pressure, executive pay, profit season and debt.

Tuesday, Mar 3:
Crikey story on Queensland's financial struggles and subscriber edition going out later today. Interview on 4BC Brisbane with Mike Smith discussing Queensland's enormous debt.

Monday, Mar 2:
interview on ABC Newcastle discussing executive pay.

Friday, Feb 27: our first AGM for the year, Timbercorp, at the Sofitel in Melbourne, was a combative affair with shareholders announcing their frustrations with the performance of the company and almost silent directors. Have a listen to our questions. Interview on ABC Newsradio discussing executive pay.

Thursday, Feb 26:
big radio day with interviews on 720 ABC Perth, 702 ABC Sydney and 4BC Brisbane discussing the departure of Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo.

Wednesday, Feb 25:
interview on 774 ABC Melbourne with Libby Gore discussing the sad news of Pacific Brands, China, companies not coming clean with write-downs and Peter Chernin's outrageous golden parachute from News Corp.

Monday, Feb 23:
action packed subscriber edition with 16 stories sent out at 2.20pm this afternoon.

Friday, Feb 20:
updated this comprehensive list tracking the companies declaring losses of more than $100 million.

Thursday, Feb 19: spoke at conference for local government spindoctors and interviewed by Richard Glover on 702 ABC Sydney about Rio Tinto foreign takeover debate.

Wednesday, Feb 18:
interview on 774 ABC Melbourne with Libby Gore discussing debt crisis and other things financial. Interview with Mike Smith on 1116 4BC Brisbane discussing the world of finance.

Monday, Feb 16:
lively edition sent to subscribers with 14 different stories.

Friday, Feb 13:
Crikey story on battle for Rio, expanded our unique list tracking foreign owned resource projects and appeared on Sky's Business View. Watch debate over Rio and some predictions for next week.

Thursday, Feb 12:
lively 13 item edition sent to subscribers. Interview with Mike Smith on 4BC Brisbane discussing China's $30 billion buy up of Rio Tinto giving it an 18% stake.

Friday, Feb 6:
cracking weekly edition sent to subscribers, plus listen to this very rigorous debate with The Age's Michelle Grattan and The Australian's Lenore Taylor this morning on Fran Kelly's Radio National Breakfast program. Interview on ABC news radio about the News Corp announcement of a $6 billion loss.

Wednesday, Feb 4:
afternoon business chat with Libby Gore on 774 ABC Melbourne. Discussing the extraordinary $42 billion package and the reaction from the opposition, senate inquiry and John Brumby fast tracking developments in a huge day of politics and finance.

Tuesday, Feb 3: interview with Mike Smith on 4BC Brisbane discussing Kevin Rudd and 'donation day'.

Monday, Feb 2:
interview with Libby Gore on 774 ABC Melbourne responding to earlier Lindsay Tanner contribution about Federal budget disaster.

Friday, Jan 30: attended Orica AGM and lively 10 story edition sent to subscribers.

Wednesday, Jan 28:
regular afternoon chat with Libby Gore on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing falling inflation and all things financial.

Australia Day:
busy day at Manningham Council with Kevin Andrews, a community barbie and then the Citizenship ceremony.

Thursday, Jan 22:
cracking subscriber edition of Mayne Report with 11 stories on everything from dodgy Macquarie trading to Phil Green's Babcock loan and the 5 companies trading at discounts to NTA of more than $3 billion.

Wednesday, Jan 21:
afternoon business chat with Libby Gore on 774 ABC Melbourne from the 2009 Australian Open. Discussing the largest fall on the All Ordinaries since the 1987 crash and BHP write downs and job losses.

Monday, Jan 19: more improvements to Rich List, plus Crikey story on coming write-downs avalanche.

Thursday, Jan 15:
interview with Louise Saunders on 936 ABC Hobart discussing the global economy. Great discussion about all things financial on 774 ABC Melbourne with Libby Gore. Crikey story on ASIC rumourtrage probes.

Wednesday, Jan 14:
bumper Mayne Report edition for subscribers sent out at 7.52pm.

Monday, Jan 12:
Crikey story on need for "dream team" of Federal candidates in Victorian Liberal Party.

Friday, Jan 9: appeared on A Current Affair in hatchet job over poor Telstra service and board junkets to Las Vegas.

Thursday, Jan 8:
bumper subscriber edition on Babcock, Macquarie, pokies, capital raisings and inaccurate balance sheets.

2008 year ender and favourite AGM audio: check out our comprehensive 2008 year in review. Plus listen to this package of favourite AGM audio exchanges since we launched in 2007 and check out our record breaking 2008 for AGM attendances.