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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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'

Matthewson: don't give homophobes a platform in marriage 'debate'

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.