Who is Drag0nista?

Photo: Mike Bowers

Drag0nista aka Paula Matthewson. Photo: Mike Bowers


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

In real life I’m Paula Matthewson.

I’ve worked in and around politics for over 30 years, including four years as a Liberal media adviser from 1989 to 1993.

Since then I haven’t undertaken any 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 work as a freelance writer, and in addition to producing weekly columns and articles about politics I also write for corporate clients. 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.

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. My most recent projects have been associated with renewable energy technologies and educating the community on climate change. My employment history can be viewed here and a current list of clients is available on request.

I have weekly columns on federal politics at The Hoopla and The Drum, and am regularly published by ABC Innovation’s The Brief and Guardian Australia.

I also curate the weekly compilation of quality political writing, No Crap App, and am founder of the federal election group blog, AusVotes 2013 (now known as AusOpinion).

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