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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: 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

Paula MatthewsonSep 20, 201736 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

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

Paula MatthewsonAug 28, 201713 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’

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

Paula MatthewsonAug 11, 20179 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?

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

Paula MatthewsonAug 4, 201710 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?

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

Paula MatthewsonJul 28, 20179 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.