The Mayne Report's 2010 diary


February 1, 2011

Wednesday, December 29: attended final day of Ashes test to witness Aussie defeat.

Monday, December 27: golf day with 16 participating in 1987 Invitational at 13th Beach near Barwon Heads.

Saturday, December 25:
hosted Christmas for family at our place.

Friday, December 24:
The Australian published this letter on defo record. Exited Brambles and Bow Energy SPPs for gain of almost $1000. Merry Xmas.

Thursday, December 23: Crikey story about women on boards, plus see latest top 100 female directors list.

Wednesday, December 22: final spot for the year on 774 ABC Melbourne with Lindy Burns.

Tuesday, December 21: Listen to edited audio from Incitec Pivot AGM, Crikey story on "no vacancy" rort and annual meeting of Manningham council.

Monday, December 20: did the "paper review" on ABC News 24 at 6.45am talking Wikileaks, Ashes, Christmas Island and Warnie. Councillors met to informally elect 2011 mayor. Interview on ABC Brisbane discussing executive pay.

Friday, December 17: sent out a bumper email edition flagging "strategic review" of The Mayne Report. Also, listen to year in review on ABC radio last night with Rod Quinn.

Thursday, December 16:
attended Orica AGM at Melbourne Museum then doing 1 hour spot reviewing year on ABC radio.

Wednesday, December 15:
Manningham Leader is reporting resignation of our deputy mayor. Attended RACV President's dinner.

Tuesday, December 14: BHP appoints British baroness to the board, meaning it now has 2 females out of 14. Carolyn Hewson is the other. Check out our shame file of top ASX200 companies without female representation. Two hour council meeting dominated by approval of two planning proposals in Donvale opposed by local residents.

Monday, December 13:
back on for regular 774 ABC Melbourne spot at 5.30pm. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and see latest animation.



Friday, December 10:
attended 3 hour Manningham audit committee meeting. Listen to the aborted interview from last night about the Ten Network AGM on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Thursday, December 9:
plenty of action at the Ten Network AGM in Sydney as tested out conflicts of new billionaire shareholders and a range of other issues. Read special email edition with all the audio links.

Wednesday, December 8:
conceded defeat in Northern Metro in this email at 5.30pm after a late Green surge. Quick interview with Lindy Burns at 5.40pm. Interview on RRR Breakfasters on election results and WikiLeaks. Crikey story on Victorian upper house. Had a chat on 1233 ABC Newcastle about the 24 hour news cycle.

Tuesday, December 7:
speech to Donvale Probus Club, speech to ASA Geelong branch and sent out big edition on election, DJs AGM, Rich List, pokies and Manningham.

Monday, December 6:
Manningham AGM delayed from December 7 to resolve election uncertainty and give peace a chance. See latest blog by Antony Green on election prospects. See transcript from Fairfax AGM on Greg Hywood. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and see latest animation.


Sunday, December 5:
another interview with Tim Shaw on 2UE about election and Julian Assange.

Saturday, December 4: below the line data entry started at Docklands but was distracted with Manningham matters and a lovely three hour ballet concert with the kids.

Friday, December 3: attended highly combative David Jones AGM in Sydney. Crikey story on Herald Sun pay hypocrisy. Interview last night on 2UE with Tim Shaw discussing Victorian election and David Jones.

Thursday, December 2: interview on 1377 MTR Melbourne last night discussing state election. Asked questions at Nufarm AGM this morning. Good batch of postals this morning. Am Tweeting updates on vote count so sign up to the right.

Wednesday, December 1:
sent this email missive explaining voting, preferences and media whirlwind. See Lateline video from last night, plus The Age today. Interview with Virginia Trioli and Michael Rowland on ABC News 24.


Tuesday, November 30: interview on ABC News radio this morning followed by a chat with Jon Faine on 774 ABC Melbourne about the possibility of holding the balance of power in the Victorian upper house. Have a read of this article from The Age today. 3AW's Neil Mitchell has a whinge about refusing his interview and discusses the chances of holding the last upper house seat. 720 ABC Perth chatting about the current election situation.

Monday, November 28:
interviewed by Red Symons on ABC Breakfast. ABC election website still predicting we have won 5th spot in Northern Metro but Antony Green blogs cautiously. Crikey's Andrew Crook covers possibilities and read this email update ranking out best booths. Latest lead over second Green up to 985 votes. Check out this Manningham Leader story about our chances.

Sunday, November 26: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and see latest animation:


Saturday, November 27: election day - polled about 1% in Northern Metro after covering more than 50 booths.

Friday, November 26: sent bumper final pre-election edition choc full of lively material to 14,000 people. Panel discussion including independent candidate Phil Cleary, myself, and Fiona Patten from the Sex party on 774 ABC Melbourne with Jon Faine. Crikey story on Northern Metro prospects.

Thursday, November 25: feisty exchange with Neil Mitchell on 3AW about the pokies during his traditional "whackos and fringe dwellers" session.

Wednesday, November 24: Crikey story on gambling and watch videos from yesterday's pokies forum with Minister, shadow and minor parties. Interviewed on 2UE Sydney about Paul Hogan after commented on Seven News national package last night. Chat on ABC's PM program discussing anti-siphoning laws. Check out latest Cornwall latest animation.

Tuesday, November 23: half hour spot on 3CR with Sex Party's Fiona Patten then participated in big pokies forum and asked governance questions at City of Yarra council meeting.

Monday, November 22: Crikey story on Wilkie and the pokies. Picked up how to vote cards. Sent this big email edition at 3.40pm. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and see latest animation.

Sunday, November 21: 1am phone chat on Headley Gritter's RRR Party Show with Phil Cleary and Bronwyn Pike.

Saturday, November 20: long day organising election day volunteers after Little Aths.

Friday, November 19: attended Telstra AGM and sent this edition on amazing Future Fund protest voting against all resolutions. Crikey story on Woolies AGM wash-up. Chat on ABC News radio about Future Fund vs Telstra, plus this discussion with Richard Glover on ABC Sydney.

Thursday, November 18: big edition before Woolies AGM in Brisbane. Listen to audio highlights. Only received 6.6% in board tilt. Lengthy interview on 612 ABC Brisbane and then apeared in this story about media ownership on The 7.30 Report.

Wednesday, November 17: big front page bombshell in Manningham as mayor's assault charge dropped but civil action threatened. Quoted in The Age's story about council super-taxes on pokies venues and quoted in Dow Jones story about BHP-Billiton.

Tuesday, November 16: Crikey story on Brumby's secret pokies plan. Have just submitted this ad which is running in the eight Leader local newspapers covering Northern Metropolitan next week. Manningham Leader is predicting we're a chance.

Monday, November 15: emailed this big missive on dramatic Victorian election preference deals. Attended launch of VLGA pokies policy. Read cracking speech by Whittlesea's Felicity Leahy. Interview on 936 ABC Hobart tax reform. Asked questions at Darebin Council meeting tonight and then attended women on boards dinner.

Sunday, November 14:
All upper house deals public here. Good discussion on Pollbludger blog and detailed Antony Green analysis. Published complete disclosure of agreements. Great outcome. Have a real chance.

Also, see new Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:



Saturday, November 13: full day negotiating final preference arrangements.

Friday, November 12: Crikey story on last night's Brunswick candidate's forum, ballot draw in Thomastown then worked on how to vote card and toured around shooting a video.

Thursday, November 11: listen to audio highlights from today's Fairfax AGM. Asked Bob Brown a question on debt at Press Club. Sent big edition on campaign, AGMs and various other matters.

Wednesday, November 10:
Computershare AGM followed by SP Ausnet results meeting. Malcolm Fraser lunch, registered for Northern Metro until 6pm then attended Moreland City Council meeting.

Tuesday, November 9: Manningham briefing in evening and raised councillor expenses disclosure at Whittlesea council meeting.

Monday, November 8: Big email missive to almost 3000 lawyers on Northern Metro tilt. Crikey story on Vic Libs owning $28m in Big Four bank shares. Attended Hume and Banyule council meetings.

Sunday, November 7: new Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and this new animation.



Saturday, November 6:
article in The Australian mentioning Northern Metro tilt. Interview with Nick Xenophon about the problems with pokies.

Friday, November 5: big edition sent out on range of AGM issues as Nick Xenophon launches our tilt at Northern Metropolitan.

Thursday, November 4: News Ltd article on Bendigo Bank AGM protests yesterday and interviewed on ABC regional Victoria. In Sydney for Leighton AGM where fired in a range of question on board relations and pay. Interview on Sky Business in afternoon and then quick grab on Lateline Business.

Wednesday, November 3: attended Bendigo & Adelaide Bank AGM and Darebin council meeting. The Australian followed up Nick Falloon election issue, plus read this article in The Weekly Times about Murray Goulburn pay controversies.

Tuesday, November 2: The AFR published letter on Nick Falloon's election dodge.

Monday, November 1: comprehensive email edition for subscribers on half way point of AGM season. Interview about the Singapore ASX takeover on 666 ABC Canberra. Check out latest cartoons in our gallery, and have a look at the latest animation by our cartoonist Mark Cornwall:




Saturday, October 30: interesting feature on public company AGMs in Fairfax broadsheets.

Friday, October 29: chat on 774 ABC Melbourne with Jon Faine discussing Network Ten movement at the top. Crikey story on Packer-Ten issue and listen to edited audio highlights from Tatts Group AGM.

Thursday, October 28: attended Newcrest and Reece AGMs. See Fairfax coverage on Newcrest tailings dumping.

Wednesday, October 27: attended Living & Leisure AGM at Melbourne Aquarium then Asciano in the afternoon.

Tuesday, October 26:
interview about ASX takeover on ABC Tasmania. Transurban AGM in morning, speech at Crown then council commitments from 4pm which finished at 12.30am.

Monday, October 25:
sent subscriber email at 4.55pm after huge day. Pacific Brands AGM in morning followed by Tabcorp where had this 6 minute slug-fest with chairman John Story over CEO payouts. Wrote this big piece for Fairfax websites on Packer's Ten raid and various connections or potential conflicts. Ten minute chat with Richard Glover on 702 ABC Sydney and chatted on 612 ABC Brisbane about the Singapore bid for ASX.

Check out latest cartoons in our gallery, and have a look at the latest animation by our cartoonist Mark Cornwall:


Saturday, October 23: big edition emailed out to 13,000 people.

Friday, October 22: interview on 2UE and separate afternoon chat on 6PR talking about Sunrice being bought by Spanish company Ebro Foods and selling off the farm. Check out this foreign ownership list.

Thursday, October 21: Amcor AGM this morning in Melbourne. Have a read of our contribution to The Drum about understanding James Packer's extraordinary $300 million plunge back into free-to-air television. Had a chat on 891 ABC Adelaide about James Packer's move back into TV, including Mark Day's comments labeling me a conspiracy theorist.

Wednesday, October 20:
landed in Melbourne at 11.45am. Big afternoon with Reject Shop AGM, chat with SBS about Packer and regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing News Corp AGM, James Packer and women on boards.

Tuesday, October 19: Stuck in LA for a second night so missing important council briefing. Thanks Delta. Listen to interview on RRR's The Party Show on Saturday night post the News Corp AGM. Crikey story today on Murdoch salary comparison with Warren Buffett.

Monday, October 18: Stranded in LA and completed full transcript of Murdoch exchanges on Friday night. Interview on 720 ABC Perth discussing the News Corp AGM, plus wrote this story for Crikey. Chatted with Jon Faine about Rupert.

Sunday, October 17:
Check out latest cartoons in our gallery, and have a look at the latest animation by our cartoonist Mark Cornwall:



Saturday, October 16:
News Corp AGM went well asking a bunch of questions in a 12 minute block, and presented Rupert with a copy of Bruce Guthrie's new book Man Bites Murdoch. See subscriber edition.

Friday, October 15:
sent News Corp AGM preview to Season Ticket holders and preparing for meeting start at 1am Saturday Australian time.

Thursday, October 14:
Age/SMH ran item on Guthrie message to Rupert to be presented at News Corp AGM. Bumper edition sent out this morning, covering latest AGMs and much more, before boarding for New York.

Wednesday, October 13:
pushed gender issues hard at CSL and JB Hi Fi AGMs. Appeared in Lateline Business coverage.

Tuesday, October 12: attended Bruce Guthrie book lunch and lengthy council briefing in the evening.

Monday, October 11:
email edition sent to almost 1000 women calling for help tackling boys club during ASX AGM season. Exited MacArthur Coal and Ampella Mining capital raising plays with $5700 gain. Check out latest cartoons in our gallery, and have a look at the latest animation by our cartoonist Mark Cornwall:


Sunday, October 10: attended family day event over Singapore Govt's controversial Brunswick Power Terminal upgrade.

Saturday, October 9: reworked list ranking top 100 female directors.

Friday, October 8:
Manningham audit committee meeting and then long celebration of 10th wedding anniversary.

Thursday, October 7: watched last day of Victorian upper house and attended parts of leadership day for local government executives.

Wednesday, October 6
: interview on News Radio about Rio Tinto leak and regular spot on 774 ABC Melbourne with Lindy Burns discussing the Rio leak and women on boards.

Tuesday, October 5: lengthy council briefing, sent subscriber edition and watch video of the Intelligence Squared Debate on September 22 arguing feminism is dead.

Monday, October 4:
excellent outcome from Transfield capital raising and attended AFIC AGM in Melbourne. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:


Friday, October 1:
edited audio is now available from Tuesday's controversial Manningham council meeting.

Thursday, September 30: The Age ran this piece about the lack of women in top corporate jobs as lead item on opinion page. Crikey story on Manningham factionalism.

Wednesday, September 29: Regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne this afternoon discussing women on boards, 1st question time and Telstra. ABC News radio discussing the demise of the landline, and Telstra.

Tuesday, September 28: another contentious and long-winded public council meeting with two divisive 5-4 votes.

Monday, September 27 : Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:


Friday, September 24:
Crikey story on AFL economics and massive taxpayer subsidies.

Thursday, September 23:
Participated in Essendon FC comedy debate at Crown. First time back on the stage where Glenn Milne did the big shove.

Wednesday, September 22:
Intelligence Squared Debate in Melbourne arguing that feminism is dead. Regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne this afternoon discussing the rising $A, Westpac, the off-field performance of the incumbent grand finalists and David Jones.

Tuesday, September 21:
Crikey story on Murdoch pay censorship. Attended excellent multi-cultural breakfast at Manningham Council. All councillors and lots of pollies showed up. Sent out big email edition covering our Murdoch AGM in New York, Manningham politics, women on boards, lists and much more.

Monday, September 20 : Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:


Friday, September 17:
final Senate vote is in here. Scored 6021 votes or 0.19% and a whopping 39.7% below the line.

Thursday, September 16: address to sharemarket class of Manningham U3A. Our rich list is now 1500-plus strong, documenting Australians who are worth $10m or more.

Wednesday, September 15: keynote address at The Windsor for public sector executives put on by CSA. Regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing Turnbull, Tanner and $A.

Tuesday, September 14:
up in Sydney to chair a panel debate about women on boards.

Monday, September 13 : Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:

Friday, September 10: attended developers breakfast for Doncaster Hill. Listen to a grab from ABC radio's PM program discussing Lindsay Tanner's appointment at Lazard.

Wednesday, September 8: regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the wash up of the election. Interview 666 ABC Canberra discussing the creative commentary describing the new Gillard government. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:


Monday, September 6 :
Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:



Saturday, September 4:
big email edition covering pokies, Manningham, corporate stuff, lists and much more.

Friday, September 3: Crikey story on pokies deal. Interview on 612 ABC Brisbane discussing exorbitant bonuses paid to Rivercity Motorway CEO and ABC Radio's PM program ran grabs about poker machine restrictions.

Wednesday, September 1: regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the Greens and Labor, and financial report season.

Tuesday, August 31: Crikey story on why independents should only lock in an 18-month minimum term. Four hour council meeting.

Monday, August 30: Crikey story on how Wilkie's decision will determine government. Interview on 891 ABC Adelaide about the David Jones court case. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:


Friday, August 27:
Crikey story on Andrew Wilkie's pokies power.

Thursday, August 26: Crikey story on campaign finance reform.

Wednesday, August 25: interview with the The Breakfasters on RRR Melbourne discussing the election wash up. Chat on ABC Darwin discussing spin doctors and back to the regular spot on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Tuesday, August 24:
sent out latest edition covering the election wash up.

Monday, August 23: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:



Sunday, August 22: election analysis on Sunday Night Safran and chatted on ABC local radio nationally at 7.30pm.

Saturday, August 21: visited 30 booths in Melbourne and then enjoyed the drama whilst polling poorly.

Thursday, August 19: sent out final edition update. Jon Faine interviewed property developer and employer of Tim Matheson, Albert Dadon.

Wednesday, August 18:
big day handling logistics with how to vote cards.

Tuesday, August 17: Crikey story on Graeme Samuel financial grief through DFO collapse and listen to discussion with Derryn Hinch on 3AW.



Monday, August 16:
The AFR published letter on David Ryan departure and check out trail-blazing ISS report on capital raisings. Sent out latest election missive and see Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:


Sunday, August 15:
had lunch at the Matthew Flinders hotel - the Woolies-Mathieson venue with the highest machine losses in Victoria.

Friday, August 13:
sent out this email update on population, donations, Dick Smith, pokies, corporate governance and other issues.

Thursday, August 12:
attended two hour session at MAV with mayors and councillors on housing reference panel.

Wednesday, August 11:
4 hours on aged care in Manningham and delighted to get $1000 donation to anti-pokies campaign.

Tuesday, August 10:
big email election update and speech to local Probus club.

Monday, August 9:
Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery:


Sunday, August 8:
brief interview on RRR's Party Show at 12.45am, 10 minute national chat about media bias on ABC local radio at 7.30pm and talked religion on Triple J's Sunday Night Safran after 10.30pm.

Friday, August 6: Crikey story on Bruce Mathieson, mentioned Julian McGauran pokies venue on 3AW and filmed three pokies venues.

Thursday, August 5:
contributed to story on Fran Kelly's Radio National breakfast program about the pokies.

Wednesday, August 4: sent out big missive on Julia Gillard's hypocrisy slamming tobacco donations whilst pocketing huge gambling donations. Interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney discussing the former David Jones CEO Mark McInnes.

Tuesday, August 3: sent out latest missive on campaign including policy on female board representation. Interviewed by Deborah Cameron on 702 ABC Sydney about women on boards.

Monday, August 2: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:



Sunday, August 1: crazy sacked Liberal candidate David Barker claimed my endorsement for his anti-pokies platform on 2GB. Went on air to rebut and denounce this anti-Muslim racist. Have a listen and check out transcript.

Friday, July 30:
landed 21st and last grouped spot on the Victorian Senate ballot. Terrible outcome.

Thursday, July 29: six hours of council meetings plus on-going Senate preference negotiations.

Wednesday, July 28:
speech to Australian Investors Association annual conference on Gold Coast and interviewed about pokies on ABC Victorian regional radio. Watch election story on ABC 24 discussing pro-immigration platform.

Tuesday, July 27:
pokies focused email update on election, plus some Manningham governance material.

Monday, July 26:
Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:


Saturday, July 24:
The Age reported Gillard's electorate topping pokies stats.

Friday, July 23:
turned 41 today and announced a senate tilt. See Crikey story, bottom of John Durie column in The Australian and listen to interview with Jon Faine on 774 ABC Melbourne. Chatted with Steve Chase on ABC News Radio about the senate tilt.






Thursday, July 22: lively email edition sent to more than 8000 people.

Wednesday, July 21:
regular chat on 774 ABC discussing population growth, Woollies and BP.

Tuesday, July 20:
spent 7 hours in three different council meetings.

Monday, July 19:
Crikey story on Gillard's anti-immigration position and check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:


Sunday, July 18:
surprised by all this small Australia talk given we've got the lowest population in the world when measured by arable land divided by population. See Wiki table.

Thursday, July 15: in Canberra for speech on corporate law at Hartnell Colloquium.

Wednesday, July 14:
raised several issues at SP Ausnet AGM then special 5pm council meeting approved establishment of new finance committee.

Tuesday, July 13: Spoke on environmental panel at Arts Centre breakfast then attended 6 hour council briefing in evening.

Monday,
July 12: this big email edition sent out last night generating plenty of interest.

Friday, July 9: Crikey story on FFA vs The Age.

Thursday, July 8:
listen to edited audio from last week's Manningham council meeting.

Wednesday, July 7: regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing Frank Lowy, mining tax and John Faulkner's retirement.

Tuesday, July 6: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:


Thursday, July 1: bought 1000 Seven shares at $5.49 in act of bottom fishing. Interview on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing changes to the super profits tax.

Wednesday, June 30: regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the events of the past financial year.

Tuesday, June 29:
public council meeting tonight and just sent bumper edition out here.

Monday, June 28: annual spot on The Party Show, RRR Melbourne on Saturday night discussing the end of financial year. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:



Friday, June 25: Crikey story on Gillard ascension, pokies and union power.

Thursday, June 24: nursing home audit committee meeting this morning then soaked up political dramas and exited Bradken SPP. Check out this story for New Matilda on how Crikey survived.

Wednesday, June 23:
breakfast speech to PR audience and government has today released Productivity Commission report into gambling. Watch video of former PM Rudd squirming on pokies. Regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Tuesday, June 22: council breakfast looking at nursing home expansion then 4 hour council briefing in evening.

Monday, June 21: Chat on 774 ABC Melbourne this afternoon discussing the African mining disaster. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:




Friday, June 18:
speech to Scotch College breakfast on "Power in Australia". Interviewed by Jon Faine on 774 ABC Melbourne about the shock departure of David Jones CEO. Other radio interviews discussing the departure include 702 ABC Sydney, 1377 Melbourne Talk Radio, ABC News Radio, 666ABC Canberra and 891 ABC Adelaide. Appearing on Today Tonight and A Current Affair tonight.

Thursday, June 17:
back from Canberra and straight into council meetings on basketball and aquatic facilities.

Wednesday, June 16: ugly splash in local paper on councillors in-fighting.

Tuesday, June 15: in Canberra for three day national conference on local government. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:



Friday, June 11:
appeared on The Melbourne Report on Sky News at 2.30pm. Just produced this list of top 20 male directors.

Thursday, June 10:
brekky with chair of two top 100 companies and then sent out latest email edition of The Mayne Report.

Wednesday, June 9: on RRR Breakfasters this morning for a chat about the mining tax. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:



Tuesday, June 8:
council breakfast on two major planning matters and working on email edition for tomorrow.

Monday, June 7: Crikey story ahead of appearing in Sarah Ferguson's 4 Corners report on RSPT.

Friday, June 4: attended developers breakfast and then expo at Doncaster Hill. Crikey story on racism claims at Manningham.

Thursday, June 3: speech to 100 lawyers in town and then wrote Crikey story on RSPT.

Wednesday, June 2: regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing BP and interest rates.

Tuesday, June 1:
interview with Phillip Adams on Radio National's Late Night Live about life as a shareholder activist.

Monday, May 31: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:


Monday, May 31:
Crikey story defending Macquarie after latest Fairfax attack.

Friday, May 28: discussed the departure of John Gay from Gunns on 936 ABC Hobart. A very brief James Hardie EGM this morning in Sydney where we asked only 2 questions. Crikey story on Westfield and MAP AGMs.

Thursday, May 27:
up in Sydney for a brief appearance at the Westfield AGM then off to MAP AGM for another board tilt. Check out the campaign speech from the meeting and listen to the audio from Westfield or watch the high quality video.

Wednesday, May 26:
attended Rio Tinto AGM this morning where there was 37% protest vote against remuneration report. Listen to the edited audio here. Crikey story about Rio and then regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing Rio AGM and the 2010 Rich List.

Tuesday, May 25:
attended breakfast at Deloitte on internal audit. Have a read of the latest Mayne Report edition out today. Attended Melbourne IT and then public council meeting in evening. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:



Monday, May 24: Crikey story on RSPT and attended full day of training for Australian Shareholders' Association company monitoring in South Melbourne pub.

Friday, May 21: Crikey story naming blokes who should quit public company boards.

Thursday, May 20: Crikey story on Oz Minerals AGM and speech to Mannningham Business Network.

Wednesday, May 19: in Adelaide for the Adelaide Brighton and OZ Minerals AGMs. Listen to the exchange from the OZ Minerals AGM and here for Adelaide Brighton. Chatted on 891 ABC Adelaide about the two AGMs and regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the dollar, stock market and other financial matters.

Tuesday, May 18:
attended AXA Asia Pacific AGM this morning at Jeff's shed. Have a listen here to our questions in what was a relatively tame affair. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:




Monday, May 17:
attended Wallace Absolute Return Fund EGM in Sydney where two external challengers fell 3% short. Questions over voting system and most directors are fleeing.

Sunday, May 16: another cracking Sunday Herald Sun article on the pokies.

Friday, May 14: check out Gary Morgan's ASX letter pointing out Gonski-Rudd connection. Crikey story on Woolies and the pokies.

Thursday, May 13: in town for MAP briefing ahead of board tilt on May 27. Check out our past encounters with MAP and other media reports.

Wednesday, May 12: Crikey story blasting the financially reckless federal budget.

Tuesday, May 11: sent out this big email edition and story about Gary Morgan censorship picked up in this Ian McIlwraith comment piece for Fairfax broadsheets.

Monday, May 10: ACIIA Sydney 2010 auditors keynote speech went well. Exited Kings Mineral capital raising play for $1100 profit. Lively debate at 3 hour GPT AGM, listen to edited audio highlights. Crikey story on Rudd and the pokies.

Sunday, May 9: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:







Saturday, May 8:
Barry Fitzgerald gave Alumina AGM battles a mention in Fairfax coverage.

Friday, May 7: attended Alumina AGM where chairman bagged my "offensive" questions whilst shareholders strongly supported them.

Thursday, May 6: Crikey story debunking Brumby budget surplus claims. Watch video of my question on gambling to obfuscating Kevin Rudd from Melbourne Press Club today.

Wednesday, May 5: appeared on The 7PM Project discussing the tweeting Logies scandal. Regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the budget, Melbourne Storm and resource rent tax. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:


Tuesday, May 4: foreign-owned mines list proving very popular. Attended five hour council briefing session.

Monday, May 3: Crikey story endorsing Rudd's super profits tax on mainly foreign owners of Aussie resources projects.

Friday, April 30: contributed to this Crikey story about Peter Blunden's morning on the stand and also wrote this Crikey story about previous day's action. Sent this email edition at 6.11pm.

Thursday, April 29: check out the discussion about Aussie whistleblowers on The 7PM Project.

Wednesday, April 28:
watch last night's Lateline appearance online. Regular chat on 774 ABC discussing Greece's financial crisis and Rupert Murdoch. Appeared on The 7pm Project.

Tuesday, April 27: missed flight to Sydney as Federal Court approves Seven-Westrac deal. MAP notice of meeting lodged with ASX confirming board tilt. Crikey story on Storm fiasco. Manningham public council meeting tonight. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:



Monday, April 26: sent bumper email edition out at 1.45am. Check out lists of top female and male directors.

Sunday, April 25: attended ANZAC service then finally sending out email edition later today.

Saturday, April 24: our Seven affidavit to Federal Court and subsequent legal delay covered in The Weekend Australian.


Friday, April 23: another one hour speech on local govt and economic development in morning. Appeared on Sky's Business View program.

Thursday, April 22: evening speech to conference about local government and economic development.

Wednesday, April 21: Crikey story on Seven EGMs (listen to edited audio) and interview on RRR with The Breakfasters about Seven and women on boards. Regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing Seven, ACCC and BHP corruption claims. Evening debate with Alan Kohler and Tom Elliott on business ethics at The Wheeler Centre.

Tuesday, April 20:
several lively exchanges at Seven EGMs which were nicely covered in this Lateline Business story. Some edited audio available here.

Monday, April 19: Crikey story on Kerry Stokes refusing to attend Seven Network EGM tomorrow.

Sunday, April 18: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:





Sunday, April 18:
great day at the Templestowe Village festival. Excellent weather, numbers and entertainment so traders and attendees happy.

Saturday, April 17: watched East Doncaster beat Donvale in local Aussie Rules derby. Great game.

Friday, April 16: two hour Manningham audit committee meeting.

Thursday, April 15: 7am council meeting then exited $10,000 Argo SPP for gain of $400. See full list of plays here.

Wednesday, April 14: attended Manningham Centre Association board meeting.

Tuesday, April 13: wrote Crikey story on Kerry Stokes peace deal and need for new Seven directors. Attended five hour council briefing.




Sunday, April 11:
back from family holiday in Queensland.

Thursday, April 8: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:


Thursday, April 1:
Crikey story on Woolies EGM based on this press release by "the three imbeciles".

Wednesday, March 31: regular chat on 774 ABC discussing Rio Tinto, Sigma Pharmaceuticals and the "three imbeciles".

Tuesday, March 30: public council meeting.

Sunday, March 28: bumper email edition sent out.

Friday, March 26: Crikey story on ALP burning witches and check out this judgment expelling three Labor councillors in Moreland.

Thursday, March 25: breakfast speech to City of Yarra business network. Sat next to impressive Labor mayor Jane Garrett.

Wednesday, March 24: regular ABC radio spot, Crikey story on Phil Cleary defemation defeat and launch of Adam Schwab's book on corporate collapses.

Tuesday, March 23: VCAT has today approved Westfield's excessive 10-storey apartment development in Doncaster. Updated mega defamation list in wake of Dyson Hore-Lacy's $630,000 payout.

Monday, March 22: watched judge sum up for jury at bruising Dyson Hore-Lacy vs Phil Cleary defamation trial.

Sunday, March 21: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:



Saturday, March 20: put together this package on Manningham's nursing home saga which made ABC and Channel Nine news last night.

Friday, March 19: Crikey story on Justin Madden and appeared on Sky's Business View program discussing the week in finance.

Thursday, March 18:
corporate governance presentation over lunch at 101 Collins Street.

Wednesday, March 17: Crikey story on John Brumby's poor disclosure record. Regular chat on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing the extraordinary housing bubble.

Tuesday, March 16: deputy mayor's nursing home expansion at the heart of another fractious council briefing last night.

Monday, March 15: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:




Friday, March 12:
interviewed by Derryn Hinch on 3AW about John Brumby's nepotism.

Thursday, March 11:
Crikey story on clubs, pokies, Woolworths and Lindsay Tanner.



Tuesday, March 9: sent out bumper email edition of The Mayne Report and delighted to see David Jones appoint second female director after this AGM spray last November.

Saturday, March 6: went to WNBL grand final and very disappointed to see Bulleen Boomers lose to Canberra Capitals in a cliff hanger.

Friday, March 5: another Crikey story about Kerry Stokes and Seven deal.

Thursday, March 4: Crikey story on Kerry Stokes plus 4 hour council meeting on financial strategies. Appeared on Lateline Business story about Virgin Blue's CEO announcement.

Wednesday, March 3: interview with Deborah Cameron on 702 ABC Sydney about Kerry Stokes. Regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing Kevin Rudd's hospital reform plans, interest rates and profit season.

Tuesday, March 2: big day at council with 9 hours of meetings that finished at 11.30pm.

Monday, March 1:
Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:



Sunday, February 28: appeared on Inside Business as a critic of proposed Seven-Westrac merger.

Friday, February 26: Crikey story on Woolies, planning and Manningham nursing homes plus interviewed for ABC radio's PM program on Brumby's spindoctoring fiasco. Also chatted to Derek Guille on 774 ABC Melbourne's evening show about dodgy political governance.

Wednesday, February 24: regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing Kerry Stokes, Pacific Brands and internet TV.

Tuesday, February 23:
bumper Mayne Report email edition sent out at 11.42am.

Monday, February 22: attended Alinta Energy and ING Entertainment shareholder meetings in Sydney. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:


Friday, February 19: Crikey story on political dramas relating to media policy, plus enjoyed this e-book on Crikey's 10 best scoops over past decade.

Thursday, February 18: Crikey story on the $58m share portfolio controlled by Victorian Liberal Party.

Wednesday, February 17: regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing media moguls, Greece and the Victorian Liberal Party share portfolio.

Tuesday, February 16: edited audio of last week's contentious special council meeting on deputy mayor's nursing home now available here.

Monday, February 15: two stories for Crikey celebrating 10th birthday yesterday on first edition and some history. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:




Sunday, February 14: had dinner at The Imperial Hotel in Spring Street where we launched Crikey 10 years ago today.

Thursday, February 11: Crikey story on Herald Sun drink drive hypocrisy plus another on planning battles at Manningham. Loved AC/DC concert at Docklands.

Wednesday, February 10: special council meeting where spoke strongly against process being pursued by On Luck Nursing Home which is chaired by deputy mayor. Listen to debate about On Luck Nursing Home from the February 2 Manningham Council meeting.

Tuesday, February 9: toured On Luck Chinese Nursing Home then attended presentation ahead special council meeting tomorrow.

Monday, February 8: Crikey story on campaign finance. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:






Friday, February 5:
discussed political donations on ABC Radio National with Peter Mares and Graham Orr.

Thursday, February 4:
exited 15k Platinum Capital SPP with $200 gain and attended forum on proposed benchmarking regime for Victorian local government.

Wednesday, February 3: exited Breakaway Resources, CBD Energy and Contango capital raising plays with tiny loss overall. Regular spot on 774 ABC Melbourne discussing News Corp profits and political donations.

Tuesday, February 2: check out bumper email edition sent out late last night. Attended fractious 4 hour council meeting.

Monday, February 1: Latest article for Fairfax about the out-going BHP-Billiton chairman Don Argus who has had a big couple of weeks. Crikey story about political donations data released by the AEC today. Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection:



Friday, January 29:
updated top women in business list after Carolyn Hewson appointed to BHP-Billiton board.

Thursday, January 28: attended Manningham Centre Association audit committee meeting.

Wednesday, January 27: back from Phillip Island long weekend with family. Exited Over Fifty SPP with tiny loss and regular chat this afternoon on 774 ABC Melbourne from the Australian Open.

Monday, January 25: check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection.






Wednesday, January 20:
Crikey story supporting government on Sons of Gwalia decision plus regular spot with Lindy Burns on 774 ABC Melbourne from the tennis.

Tuesday, January 19: Crikey story on John Durie's big Alinta gaffe.

Monday, January 18: check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery and newest amusing animations in this Cornwall collection.






Saturday, January 16:
arrived back in Melbourne after excellent 19-day driving holiday to Queensland with family.

Friday, January 15: check out our updated foreign ownership list including the new "offer" for the 130-year-old CSR from China's Bright Foods.

Thursday, January 14: AWB board payments issue still running hot. Check out latest article in The Weekly Times.

Wednesday, January 13:
have a look at the best debates from the recent AGM season, the top 12 AGMs for 2009 and these sledges. Alternatively tune in via our podcast channel.

Monday, January 11: Check out latest Cornwall cartoons in our gallery.





Thursday, January 7:
exited $10,000 Commonwealth Office SPP with profit of $650.

Wednesday, January 6: sent out this bumper email edition and wrote article on executive pay for new ABC analysis site The Drum.

Tuesday, January 5: exited $12,000 Avexa share purchase plan with $1700 gain in best play since $2500 profit on Capral way back on Nov 12. See full list of plays here.

Monday, January 4: interview with Steve Canane on ABC local radio about executive pay and chatted to Steve Chase on ABC Newsradio about rumours of NAB buying Northern Rock.