Paul has worked as a journalist for Australia’s major newspapers for the past 20 years and in recent years has written four highly-acclaimed books on history and public policy. He has twice been a finalist in the Walkley Awards for Journalism and his books have been short-listed for three major book awards. He worked in the Canberra Press Gallery for a decade, reporting mainly on economic policy, and now divides his time between book writing (with two more forthcoming) and a senior role with The Australian newspaper based in Sydney. He has completed a PhD in public policy at ANU, focusing on the governance of mining in Australia and the outcomes for Indigenous communities. Outside journalism, he was an adviser to the Government of East Timor on oil sector governance and negotiation strategy. He is passionate about good writing and has run dozens of training courses on this subject for public servants and executives around Australia.