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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.


When Coalition crisis degenerates into internal warfare, who will be left with the pieces?

November 7, 2017 17 Comments

If Abbott's quest for vengeance is meant to be a secret, it's not a very good one.

Matthewson: Tony Abbott is completely out of touch on renewable energy and here’s why

September 20, 2017 52 Comments

Shooting for Turnbull on energy policy, Abbott and Credlin's latest misfire only alienates them further from their own voters.

Quotas, WhatsApp: the troubled future of the Coalition’s sorority

August 28, 2017 13 Comments

There are fewer female Coalition MPs than there have been for a generation. Paula Matthewson investigates how to change this unrepresentative old boys' club.

Matthewson: don’t give homophobes a platform in marriage ‘debate’

August 11, 2017 9 Comments

If you wouldn’t uncritically air the views of anti-vaxxers or climate change conspiracists, you should avoid lending credibility to those who would demonise gays or reframe marriage equality as an attack on free speech.

Matthewson: is Dastyari on the comeback trail, or bushwhacking in the political wilderness?

August 4, 2017 10 Comments

It's difficult to tell how successful, if at all, the young Senator will be at convincing the public he has rehabilitated.

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

July 28, 2017 9 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

July 21, 2017 16 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

July 12, 2017 21 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

July 5, 2017 26 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

June 30, 2017 14 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.