The Liberals have appointed all the key personnel to corporate cop ASIC. The decision on whether to appeal the loss it suffered in the court case it brought against advertising mogul Harold Mitchell will be a key test. Stephen Mayne makes the case for an appeal.
Astronomical profits on the back of continued exploitation of Indigenous-owned land in WA. It’s time Rio upped the royalties it pays, moved its HQ to Australia, hired Indigenous Australians in senior roles, and ditched its colonial British establishment attitude.
The push is on around Australia to re-open club pokies dens. At RSL Victoria, the old guard board has been caught out conducting a fire sale of veteran aged care accommodation to finance pokies licences.
The pokies are shut. Thousands of Australians believe they should stay shut for as long as possible. Meanwhile, more of the big pokies players are looking to quit the toxic industry. Journalist and anti-gambling campaigner Stephen Mayne reports on the latest dramatic developments in pokies-land, particularly RSL Victoria as its overpaid “pokies manager” Tabcorp tries to sell out.
Small investors on the ASX are being ripped off again by Wall Street investment banks, writes shareholder activist Stephen Mayne. This time, it’s a sneaky tweak to the rules governing how companies raise new capital, and right now, there are a lot of companies raising new capital, or dying to …
News Corp’s Australian newspapers are quick to attack union leaders and local government bureaucrats for being overpaid, but somehow they’ve missed the biggest salary looting exercise by their own bosses in the history of public company capitalism.
Nine months after the Election, we find out who bought it. From News Corp to GetUp, from Adani to the Australian Bankers Association, Stephen Mayne, the country’s top journalist on campaign finance, looks at the big donors, what they are buying
Once venerable, the Nine Entertainment-owned Fairfax press has sunk to holding comedians to account and protecting corrupt government. Michael Tanner on the rise of vloggers and the stoush between Youtuber Friendlyjordies and the mainstream media.
A former commander of two Collins Class submarines, Andy Keough, has made an influential transition from uniform into corporate life. After 22 years in the Royal Australian Navy, Keough took up a business development role in submarines for global arms giant Thales, next moving on to Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC). In 2015 Keough joined the SA Government’s powerful DefenceSA as Chief Executive before being headhunted in 2017 as MD for Saab Technologies. Internationally, Saab ranks 30th in SIPRI’s Top 100 Arms-Producing and Military Services Companies. Keough’s influence extends onto important boards, including the South Australian education board, the SA Training and Skills Commission, and a defence-related board with Adelaide University, among others.
Radical Republicans rammed the Trump tax law through Congress without a single hearing or Democratic vote. The numbers are in: the rich made out like bandits and the rest got three-fifths of bugger all, writes David Cay Johnston.
Bankrolled by arms manufacturers, the Australian War Memorial has morphed from being a reflective space where we could remember and honour fallen Australians into a war advertisement, writes William De Maria.
Under the foreign interference legislation, Ian Cunliffe, a lawyer with 50 years’ experience, faces many decades in jail for daring to influence public policy with his campaigning. His fate now rests in the hands of Attorney General Christian Porter.