Who is Drag0nista?

Picture06[2]My name is Paula Matthewson.

Drag0nista is the pseudonym I took when I first started to tweet and blog in 2009, now it’s more of a pen name.

I’ve worked in and around politics for over 30 years, including four years as a Liberal media adviser from 1989 to 1993. Most of that time I worked for John Howard (after he lost the leadership in 1989), but I also worked briefly for Richard Alston in the latter half of 1993.

I mention this as a disclosure, not a credential.

Since then I’ve undertaken no paid or volunteer work for the Liberal Party, nor have I ever been a member. I don’t support any political party and I don’t vote. I have however been actively involved in Australia’s democratic processes for over thirty years, and continue to do so now as a freelance writer and columnist on federal politics.

In addition to producing weekly columns and articles about politics, I also write for corporate clients – anything from speeches and communication strategies to posts for social media. To avoid any real or implied conflict of interest I don’t tweet, blog or comment on issues that directly involve my clients or projects.

Where I sit on the political spectrum according to ABC's Vote Compass
Where I sit on the political spectrum according to ABC’s Vote Compass

My views are my own and not defined by any past or present employers. I’ve worked for the Australian Coal Association as well as the Department of Climate Change on the Clean Energy Future campaign. More recent projects have been associated with renewable energy technologies and educating the community on climate change. My employment history is publicly available here.

I have a weekly column on federal politics at The Drum and write The Political Weekly for The New Daily. I write for other publications on an occasional basis and participate regularly on RN Sunday Extra’s Outsiders panel.

If you’d like to get in touch, I can be contacted here.