Who is Drag0nista?


Hi, I’m 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 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 columnist on federal politics and freelance writer.

In addition to producing weekly columns and articles about politics, I also write for corporate and government clients – anything from speeches and communication strategies to posts for social media.

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. My employment history is publicly available here.

I am currently a political columnist at The New Daily. I’ve also written for the ABC, SBS, Crikey, Guardian Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald.

I had a weekly column with ABC’s The Drum before it was disbanded.

My book, On Merit, was published in February 2019.

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

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