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Paula Matthewson — Political commentator and communications adviser

Paula Matthewson

Political commentator and communications adviser

Paula Matthewson is a political commentator and communications adviser. She is a former media advisor to John Howard.

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Matthewson: what’s a guy gotta do to pass marriage equality around here?

Matthewson: what’s a guy gotta do to pass marriage equality around here?

Paula MatthewsonJul 28, 20172 Comments

Dean Smith continues to press on with plans to overturn or bypass the Liberals’ plebiscite policy by bringing a private member’s bill on marriage equality to the Parliament.

Matthewson: the brutes in our Parliament seed an adversarial, bullying culture

Matthewson: the brutes in our Parliament seed an adversarial, bullying culture

Paula MatthewsonJul 21, 201716 Comments

Anger and abuse are by no means the sole province of conservative politics, but there is no doubt that public discourse has become more nasty and antagonistic since Abbott commenced his campaign to tear down Julia Gillard in 2009.

Matthewson: Turnbull just pulled a Credlin and reset the agenda

Matthewson: Turnbull just pulled a Credlin and reset the agenda

Paula MatthewsonJul 12, 201721 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull has desperately needed a way to reconnect with the moderate/progressive voters that once had high hopes for him but now have stopped listening. The London speech might be it.

Matthewson: Abbott's push to 'democratise' the NSW Libs isn't about democracy at all

Matthewson: Abbott's push to 'democratise' the NSW Libs isn't about democracy at all

Paula MatthewsonJul 5, 201726 Comments

On its face, Tony Abbott’s call for “democratic” reform of the NSW Liberal Party seems perfectly reasonable. But only on its face ...

Matthewson: Tony Abbott's plan for revenge has gone horribly wrong

Matthewson: Tony Abbott's plan for revenge has gone horribly wrong

Paula MatthewsonJun 30, 201714 Comments

Tony Abbott was counting on a fifth column of conservatives within the Liberal Party to help him bring down Malcolm Turnbull. But the conservatives are closing ranks.

Malcolm Turnbull needs to reconnect with voters. Bill Shorten can show him how.

Malcolm Turnbull needs to reconnect with voters. Bill Shorten can show him how.

Paula MatthewsonJun 28, 201721 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull needs to spend his winter break productively reconnecting with voters. And weirdly, Bill Shorten knows just the thing.

George Christensen and the dark art of going 'faux-rogue' to woo voters

George Christensen and the dark art of going 'faux-rogue' to woo voters

Paula MatthewsonJun 21, 20178 Comments

The bluster of a floor-crossing is little more than theatrics, and George Christensen's recent effort is no exception.

Matthewson: Turnbull should crash through on Finkel -- he's crashing anyway

Matthewson: Turnbull should crash through on Finkel -- he's crashing anyway

Paula MatthewsonJun 15, 201725 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull is almost certainly going to lose the next election, thanks to Tony Abbott's constant sniping and undermining. So he might as well go down fighting -- and what better cause than saving the Earth?

Batten down the hatches: Malcolm Turnbull's centrist push is creating a group of angry conservatives

Batten down the hatches: Malcolm Turnbull's centrist push is creating a group of angry conservatives

Paula MatthewsonJun 5, 201714 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull is starting to deliver the centrist government many voters expected of him. But in doing so the PM will also incite a perfect storm of resistance from the conservative insurgents within his own party.

Matthewson: Hinch is wrong -- bureaucrats should absolutely be given training to deal with Senate estimates

Matthewson: Hinch is wrong -- bureaucrats should absolutely be given training to deal with Senate estimates

Paula MatthewsonJun 1, 20174 Comments

Senate estimates is a gladiatorial arena for political point-scoring and payback, and it's only fair that senior departmental staff be prepared for the adversarialism of the process.