100+ favourite AGMs since 1999


December 31, 2018

Here is a list of AGMs where Stephen Mayne has asked questions as a shareholder or proxy since it all began way back in October 1998, complete with links to stories written at the time and any relevant media coverage.

10 from 2014

ANZ: December 18, 2014

Network Ten Holdings: December 17, 2014

Nine Entertainment Company: November 19, 2014

News Corp: November 13, 2014

21st Century Fox: November 12, 2014

Slater & Gordon: October 20, 2014

Leighton Holdings: May 19, 2014

Westfield Group: May 29, 2014

Westfield Retail: May 29, 2014

Macquarie Group: July 24, 2014

4 from 2013

Macquarie Group July 25, 2013

Southern Cross Media: October 22, 2013

Virgin Australia: November 20, 2013

Ten Network Holdings: December 18, 2013

3 from 2012

Echo Entertainment October 25, 2012

Cochlear October 16 2012

QR National: November 21, 2012

5 from 2011

David Jones AGM December 2, 2011

Soul Patts AGM:
December 2, 2011

Gunns AGM: November 24, 2011

Lend Lease AGM: November 9, 2011

News Corp AGM: October 21, 2011

15 from 2010

Incitec Pivot AGM December 21, 2010
- listen to audio

Ten Network AGM December 9, 2010
- listen to audio, read transcripts, see Mayne Report

Woolworths AGM November 18, 2010
- listen to audio, see campaign speech that was left behind, read transcripts, see Crikey, see Mayne Report

Fairfax AGM November 11, 2010
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Prime Infrastructure AGM November 4, 2010

Reece AGM October 28, 2010
- listen to audio, read transcript, see Mayne Report

Tabcorp AGM October 25, 2010
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

News Corp NY AGM October 15, 2010
- listen to audio, read Transcript, see Mayne Report AGM preview, and Subscriber edition sent out following up AGM, follow up Mayne Report.

AFIC October 4, 2010
- listen to audio, read Transcript, see Mayne Report

MAP AGM May 27, 2010
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Westfield AGM May 27, 2010
- listen to audio, watch video, see Mayne Report

Rio Tinto
AGM May 26, 2010
- listen to audio, see Crikey, see Mayne Report

Alumina AGM May 7, 2010
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Seven Network EGM
April 20, 2010
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

19 from 2009

AWB December 23 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

National Australia Bank December 17 2009
- watch video, see Mayne Report

Ten Network
December 10 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Woolworths November 26 2009
- listen to audio, watch video, see Mayne Report

Clive Peeters November 20 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Centro Properties November 17 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Fairfax Media, November 10 2009
- see package of highlights

Seven Network November 9 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Western Areas November 6 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Transfield Services
November 4 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Crown October 28 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Consolidated Media October 28 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Asciano October 23 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Reece October 22 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Macquarie Group July 29, 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

AMP AGM May 14, 2009
- listen to audio, watch video, see Mayne Report, read transcript

Alumina AGM May 7, 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

Rio Tinto AGM April 20, 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report, see Business Day article

Timbercorp February 27, 2009
- listen to audio, see Mayne Report

2008

Collingwood Football Club December 17, 2008
- see Mayne report, listen to audio

Centro Property Group November 28, 2008
- see Mayne report, listen to audio

BHP Billiton
November 27, 2008
- see Mayne report, listen to audio

Centro Retail November 27, 2008
- see Mayne report, listen to audio

Telstra November 21, 2008
- see Mayne report, listen to audio

Tatts Group November 19, 2008
- see Mayne report, listen to audio

Slater & Gordon November 14, 2008
- see Mayne report, listen to audio

Babcock & Brown Power November 7, 2008
- see Mayne report, listen to audio

Allco November 6, 2008
- see Mayne report

Babcock & Brown Infrastructure
November 5, 2008
- listen to audio, see Mayne report

Toll Holdings
October 30, 2008
- listen to audio , see Mayne report, also, check out the media coverage.

CMH October 28, 2008
- listen to audio, see Mayne report

Crown October 28, 2008
- listen to audio, see Mayne report

Transurban October 27, 2008
- see Mayne report

Tabcorp October 23, 2008
- check out the package of highlights

Boral
October 22, 2008
- listen to audio, see Mayne report

Reece October 22, 2008
- listen to audio, see Mayne report

Asciano
October 22, 2008
- check out the package of highlights

AFIC September 29,2008
- check out the package of highlights

ASX September 24, 2008
- check out the package of highlights

AWB EGM August 21, 2008
- check out the package of highlights

James Hardie August 20, 2008
-check out the package of highlights

Macquarie Bank July 23, 2008
- check out the package of highlights

Babcock and Brown May 30, 2008
- check out the package of highlights.

Everest Babcock and Brown
May 29, 2008
- check out the package of highlights.

Austar
May 29, 2008
- check out the package of highlights.

Alumina May 1, 2008
Elected to Alumina board on show of hands but defeated in poll - see package of highlights.

Rio Tinto April 24, 2008
- see package of highlights.

WA News April 23, 2008
-see package of highlights.

Oxiana Resources April 17, 2008
Lively debate and plenty of laughs trying to get Owen Hegarty up as CEO of the combined company after Zinifex merger - see package of highlights.

Axa Asia Pacific
April 16, 2008
Had several cracking exchanges and landed a few hits on some of the time-serving has beens on the board - see package of highlights.

MFS EGM
Mar 28, 2008
I've been to some strange shareholder meetings over the past decade, but this MFS EGM was completely unprecedented on a number of levels - see package of highlights.

Timbercorp Feb 21, 2008
This was one of the best ever in terms of quality debate from a range of shareholders - see package of highlights.

AWB Feb 13, 2008
A major victory for good governance that will see the company established on a normal commercial footing before the end of the year - listen audio, see Mayne Report.

Timbercorp Feb 21, 2008
This was one of the best ever in terms of quality debate from a range of shareholders - listen audio, see Mayne report.

Axa Asia Pacific April 16, 2008
Had several cracking exchanges and landed a few hits on some of the time-serving has beens on the board - listen to edited audio of Why Paul "Centro" Cooper should quit Axa board and Time for chairman Rick Allert to retire, see Mayne Report.

Oxiana Resources April 17, 2008
Lively debate with much mirth and received rapturous applause for the push supporting Owen Hegarty as the CEO of the merged company - listen to audio, see Mayne Report.

WA News April 23, 2008
- See Mayne report on Kerry Stokes getting vanquished in WA News showdown. Listen to Kerry Stokes WA News campaign speech - full audio. And listen to this bunfight with Kerry Stokes over editorial independence. Also, see two Crikey stories - 1, 2.

Macquarie Airports May 22, 2008
- listen to Question about their performance fee and Why hide in dodgy Bermuda?,see Crikey story.

Westfield
May 23, 2008
- listen to audio, see Mayne report.

Austar May 29, 2008
- listen to audio.

Everest Babcock and Brown
May 29, 2008
- listen to audio.

Babcock and Brown May 30, 2008
- listen to audio.

2007

AFIC
Oct 2, 2007
Queries for doyen investor Bruce Teele - see Crikey report

Allco Finance Group AGM Oct 25, 2007
Sparked some lively debate with the related party transaction kings - click here to listen to audio

Allco Finance Group EGM
Dec 12, 2007
Controversial Rubicon deal approved but still plenty of good debate - see Mayne report

Alumina April 27, 2007
Another crack at the post office box company and its lunch club board - see Crikey report

AXA April 19, 2007
Always fun to test the French parent and chairman Rick Allert - see Crikey report

AWB Feb 22 2007
Gave the board a thoroughly deserved bollocking - see Crikey report

Fortescue Metals Nov 8, 2007
Some fascinating exchanges with Andrew Forrest and his board - see Mayne Report

Gunns
22 Nov 2007
AGM aborted prematurely, extraordinary stuff - see Mayne report, Crikey report

James Hardie (EGM) Feb 7, 2007
The day the asbestos deal was finally approved - see Crikey report

Macquarie Bank AGM July 4, 2007
Plenty of lively debate about pay, defamation, asset sales and the like - see Crikey report

Macquarie Radio Nov 16, 2007
Great fun spraying Alan Jones - see Crikey report

MFS Nov 6, 2007
Welcoming the Kooyong Colt to a public company chair - see Crikey report

News Corporation New York Oct 19, 2007
A great result with $5 billion backing proposal to end gerrymander - see Mayne Report Murdoch Democracy section

Orica Dec 21, 2007
Diverse debate including private equity and Incitec Pivot sale - listen to edited audio.

Oxiana May 2, 2007
Another bullish performance from hyper-ventilating Owen Hegarty - see Crikey report

PBL Nov 23, 2007
Managing to really annoy James Packer with eulogy to media and sledge of casinos - see Crikey report

Perpetual
Nov 1, 2007
Quite an ambush over its status as the largest shareholder in Gunns - see Crikey report

Qantas Nov 14, 2007
Board copped a thoroughly deserved spray over private equity bid - see Mayne report , see Crikey report

Rio Tinto Sept 28, 2007
Approving the Alcan takeover and waving the Aussie flag - see Crikey report

SP Ausnet July 17, 2007
Gave the Singaporeans a solid workout.

West Australian Newspapers Nov 9, 2007
Really stuck it to the board but lost election - see Mayne report , see Crikey report

2006

ABC Learning (EGM) June 7, 2006
CEO Eddie Groves was particularly unhelpful - see Crikey report

Alumina April 27, 2006
The directors lunch club for this post box company continues - see Crikey report

AMP May 19, 2006
A solid exchange as AMP recovered from near bankruptcy - see Crikey report

Aristocrat Leisure May 2, 2006
Held at Star City and some lively debate over accounts and problem gambling - see Crikey report

AXA April 12, 2006
Would have been a dead AGM but for our questions - see Crikey report

Babcock & Brown May 26, 2006
Chairman James Babcock left it all to his deputy Elisabeth Nosworthy - see Crikey report.

GPT April 18, 2006
Did they go weak at the knees dealing with billionaires - see Crikey report

Macquarie Bank July 20, 2006
Failed in board tilt but polled okay - see Crikey reports

Oxiana April 20, 2006
Remuneration report almost defeated but they refused to explain why for two months - see Crikey report

PBL Oct 26, 2006
Generated more news stories than any other AGM - see Crikey report

Rio Tinto May 4, 2006
The day a mining giant was humbled by its shareholders - see Crikey report

Seek Oct 31, 2006
The first AGM and we were the only shareholder asking questions - see Crikey report.

STW Holdings May 24, 2006
The usual knockabout debate in Singo's bar

Tabcorp Nov 27, 2006
Incentives rolled and Gabi Byrne board tilt - see Crikey report

Transurban Oct 23, 2006
Playing the Bermuda card - see Crikey report

2005

Alumina
April 27, 2005
Continued campaign against overpaid, underworked board - see Crikey report

Babcock & Brown May 26, 2005
First AGM for the Macquarie Mini Me and we gave them a solid work out - see Crikey report

Gunns (candidate) Oct 27, 2005
Disappointing vote but had a victory when John Gay submitted himself for election in 2006 - see Crikey report.

John Fairfax Nov 18, 2005
Ran for the board and the lights went out - see Crikey report

Macquarie Bank July 28, 2005
Raised a range of issues but didn't land a major blow - see Crikey reports

News Corp, New York, Oct 21, 2005
First trip to New York to take on Rupert - see Crikey special edition

STW Holdings May 30, 2005
The last encounter with John Singleton in the bar - see Crikey report

2004

News Corp Oct 26, 2004
The day Rupert quit Australia - see Crikey report

2003

Adelaide Bank
Oct 24, 2003
Flown over by Nick Xenophon who generated plenty of press - see Crikey report


AMP (candidate) May 15, 2003
Disappointing result after $10bn was lost in UK - see Crikey reports and results

BHP-Billiton
Melbourne, Nov 13, 2003
Tag team effort with Andrew Denton - see Crikey report

Foster's Oct 27, 2003
Australia's most sinful company copped plenty at Crown AGM - see Crikey report

Gunns (EGM) Aug 26, 2003
Greenies gunned down - see Crikey report

News Corporation
Oct 15, 2003
The day Rupert was rolled and decided to leave Australia - see Crikey report

Premier Investments Nov 5, 2003
A lively battle with chairman Sir Ron Brierley - see Crikey report

WMC Resources May 2, 2003
Gave retiring chairman Ian Burgess a huge spray - see Crikey report

2002

Australian Shareholders Association
Sydney, April 19, 2002
Encouraged them to get more aggressive - see Crikey report

Austrim Nylex Oct 29, 2002
Kerry Stokes has dropped $50 million in this struggling company - see Crikey report

Coles Myer Melbourne Park, Nov 20, 2002
Solly Lew booted off the board - see Crikey report

BHP-Billiton Melbourne Concert Hall, Nov 4, 2002
Notorious Cup Eve special - see Crikey report

News Corp (candidate) Adelaide, Oct 9, 2002
Round four with Rupert and almost elected from floor - see Crikey report, Lateline interview

Data & Commerce Ltd Melbourne, Nov 22, 2002
Kennett show down - see Crikey report

Mayne Group Nov 12, 2002
The first post-Smedley AGM - see Crikey report

National Australia Bank Dec 19, 2002
Put some pressure on after the Homeside debacle - see Crikey report

2001

AMP Sydney Convention Centre, May 17, 2001
Chairman Stan Wallis was very defensive

ANZ
Sydney, Dec 14, 2001
Big attack on director John Dahlsen given ongoing defamation battles with Steve Price

AXA (candidate) Feb 15, 2001
Polled poorly given French parent but mounted a strong argument - see campaign pitch from Crikey

BHP (EGM) Melbourne Concert Hall, May 18, 2001
Big merger vote - see Crikey report

Brambles July 26, 2001
Don Argus donnybrook at Brambles - see Crikey report

News Corp Adelaide, Oct 10, 2001
Round three with Rupert - see Crikey report and special Falun Gong piece

Southern Cross Broadcasting South Melbourne, Nov 1, 2001
Gave chairman John Dahlsen a spray as Steve Price defamation battle rolled on

Spotless (candidate) Melbourne, Nov 14, 2001
This was the toughest notice of meeting every produced against a board tilt

STW Holdings
May 4, 2001
Sticking it to John "Singo" Singleton - see Crikey report

Ten Network
Dec 5, 2001
- see Crikey report

2000

AGL, Melbourne, Oct 15, 2000
Ray Proudley tilt and wore the foam suit - see Crikey report

AMP (candidate) Melbourne, May 18, 2000
First ever board tilt - see Crikey report, see voting results

ASX (candidate) Sydney, Oct 23, 2000
Invited to speak at the lecturn when running

Australand Dec 22, 2000
Lively debate about political donations

Commonwealth Bank (candidate) Melbourne, Oct 26, 2000
Did flyers out the front

David Jones (candidate) Sydney, Dec 11 2000
Alan Kohler used this to produce piece for The 7.30 Report - see Crikey report

Fairfax Oct 27, 2000
Pointing out the Fairfax mogul stooges - see Crikey report

Harvey Norman Nov 21, 2000
Interrupting Gerry Harvey for the first time - see Crikey report

HIH Insurance Sydney (Redfern), Dec 15, 2000
The famous Friday Redfern effort from a failing insurer

Lend Lease AGM Sydney, Nov 2, 2000
The Fox Studios gala farewell for Stuart Hornery

Lion Nathan Dec 19, 2000
Sparring with Douglas Myers - see Crikey report

News Corp Adelaide, Oct 18, 2000
Round two with Rupert - see Crikey report

National Australia Bank (candidate) Melbourne, Dec 17, 2000
Spoke to meeting at very start

NRMA Insurance (candidate) Sydney, Nov 28, 2000
Shafted with the proxies by Whitlam (see Crikey report) and How we saved IAG $300 million - see Crikey report

OneTel Nov 13, 2000
The last chance to grill the boys

Orica Dec 21, 2000
Right at the depths of despair for chemicals giant - see Crikey report

Pacifica Melbourne, May 10, 2000
Jerry Ellis made security door warning

Pasminco
Oct 25, 2000
The last AGM before it went broke

PBL Oct 27, 2000
The day in 2000 when Kerry Packer took offence - see Crikey report

Pineapplehead Nov 15, 2000
Stan Wallis damaged himself fronting his son-in-law's awful company

Qantas Sydney, Nov 16, 2000
Margaret Jackson said she was a better chairman for past failures

Seven Network Nov 17, 2000
Kerry Stokes claimed to like questions

Telstra (candidate) Melbourne, Nov 17, 2000

Westfield Holdings (candidate) Sydney, May 4, 2000
Very hostile reception from Frank Lowy

WMC 19 April, 2000
Hit Hugh Morgan with some hard hitting questions

Woolworths
(candidate) Sydney Town Hall, Nov 20, 2000
Almost elected - see Crikey report

Yates Nov 29, 2000
Gave it to bumbling chairman Stan Howard, John's brother

1999

Commonwealth Bank Sydney, Oct 28, 1999
Chairman Tim Besley accused of defamation for raising piggery questions - see jeffed.com report

Fairfax Melbourne, Nov 18, 1999
Craig Sherborne asked questions

HIH Insurance Sydney, Nov 19, 1999
Second last HIH AGM

Hudson Conway, Dec 20, 1999
The last public company meeting for Lloyd Williams and his mates - see jeffed.com report

News Corp
Adelaide, Nov 3, 1999
14 questions over 40 minutes with Rupert - see jeffed.com report, listen to story on PM

OneTel Sydney, Oct 22, 1999
James Packer said questions on share sales fair enough

PBL Sydney, Oct 26, 1999
Straight after the Packer wedding - see Jeffed.com report

Southern Cross Broadcasting Melbourne, Nov 5 1999
Prompted big Steve Price on-air attack

Tabcorp Nov 10, 1999
More lively battles with a favourite target - see Jeffed.com report

Westfield Holdings Sydney, Nov 11 1999
Dramatic round two with Frank Lowy - see cracking Jeffed.com report

1998

Austrim Melbourne, Oct 21, 1999
Alan Jackson lost his cool when asked about selling shares - see Daily Telegraph report

Centaur Mining Melbourne, Oct 21, 1998
Twenty questions for Joe Gutnick - see Daily Telegraph report

Commonwealth Bank Melbourne, Oct 29, 1998
Q
uestions on infrastructure losses made front page of The AFR - see two stories in The Daily Telegraph

David Jones Sydney, Nov 23, 1998
Chairman wrote letter about bad food later - see Daily Telegraph reports

ERA Sydney, Oct 15, 1998
First time spoke at an AGM - see Daily Telegraph reports

Foster's Brewing, Melbourne, Oct 26, 1998
Raised questions about pokies - see two Daily Telegraph reports

John Fairfax Sydney, Nov 6, 1998
Jack Tilburn went bananas and chairman Brian Powers very combative - see Daily Telegraph reports

Seven Network Melbourne, Oct 23, 1998
Julian Mounter fell off the stage - see Daily Telegraph reports

Tabcorp Melbourne, Oct 27, 1998
Was berated by an old digger for asking too many questions - see Daily Telegraph reports

Westfield Holdings Sydney, Nov 12, 1998
Frank Lowy launched blistering attack - see Daily Telegraph report