Matthew Knott

Matthew Knott

Matthew Knott is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau covering communications and education policy.

Government expected to wave through rise in private health premiums


Matthew Knott Tony Abbott has signalled the government will not block an expected rise in private health insurance premiums, saying it is up to the market to set the price.

Abbott government's higher education advertising campaign to cost nearly $15 million


Matthew Knott The Abbott government plans to spend almost $15 million on its taxpayer-funded higher education advertising campaign, roughly twice as much as previously disclosed.

'Strong welfare cop': Scott Morrison's new self-proclaimed title

Scott Morrison

Matthew Knott He stopped the boats, now he's going to stop the rorts.  New social services minister Scott Morrison has issued a warning to would-be dole bludgers, Disability Support Pension rorters and...

Abbott government's handling of university and health changes anger backbench

Some government MPs are frustrated with Prime Minister Tony Abbott's handling of recent policy issues.

Mark Kenny and Matthew Knott Tony Abbott is facing growing backbench anger over his government's mishandling of the GP co-payment and university funding changes from last year's budget, as MPs returning from their electorates...

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Christopher Pyne's offer to reverse university cuts fails to win support for deregulation

Reforms pushed: Education minister Christopher Pyne.

Matthew Knott Key Senate crossbenchers say they remain opposed to the deregulation of university fees even if the Abbott government reduces, or scraps entirely, a planned 20 per cent cut to university funding.

University fee deregulation plan fails to convince key crossbench senators

Senator Ricky Muir: Unconvinced.

Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott vow to put higher education reform "front and centre" of the government's agenda has been dealt a blow with key crossbenchers indicating they will vote against the...

Tony Abbott prepares for another 'long, hard slog' in 2015'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott expects his government to face another "long, hard slog" in the Senate to pass budget savings but says it has not lost its drive for difficult policy reform.

University vice-chancellors must step up on higher education reform

Matthew Knott

Matthew Knott It's time for Australia's university vice-chancellors to get down and dirty on higher education reform.

Abbott government asked to reconsider timing of introduction of higher-education reforms

Arts-based degrees force you to broaden your mind, before the world around you tries to stitch it closed again.

Matthew Knott The Abbott government faces fresh calls to delay the planned introduction of its higher-education reforms, with one prominent vice-chancellor breaking ranks with the to back a limit on what...

Joe Hockey's comments on living to 150 a Sarah Palin moment, says Bill Shorten

People will be living to 150: Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Judith Ireland, Mark Kenny, Matthew Knott The head of one of the country's most prestigious medical schools has described Joe Hockey's comment that children born today could live to 150 years of age as a "reasonable assumption", while Labor...

Joe Hockey raises prospect of Australians living until 150 to justify budget cuts


Matthew Knott Treasurer Joe Hockey has raised the prospect of people living until 150 to explain why Australians should accept cuts to government benefits and pay a greater share of their health costs.

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Maxine McKew's message to Labor: strike a deal on uni reform

Concerned about funding: Former Labor MP Maxine McKew.

Matthew Knott Opposition Leader Bill Shorten should adopt a less negative stance and try to cut a deal with the Coalition on higher education policy, according to former Labor MP Maxine McKew.

ABC maternity leave workers vie for jobs in 'Hunger Games-style' redundancy process

ABC  job cuts announced in November.

Matthew Knott On top of 180 direct redundancies, about 330 ABC staff on equivalent pay grades were placed in pools to compete for jobs.

Charlie Hebdo staff react with defiance, publish 'survivors' issue'

Stand: The cover of the post-attack issue features a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad, who is crying and holding a sign saying

Matthew Knott, Lucy Battersby Three million copies of the magazine, which depicts the Prophet Muhammad on its front cover, are expected to hit news stands on Wednesday.

Paris attacks: Australians should not be cowed from speaking freely: Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott

Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Australians not to be "cowered" from speaking freely on controversial topics following the deadly attacks on the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo.

Abbott government spends $8 million on higher education media blitz

Christopher Pyne.

Matthew Knott The Abbott government has spent more than $8 million of taxpayer money on a media blitz promoting its stalled higher education reforms.

Text message option urged for emergency hotline service

cell phone

Matthew Knott Australians in emergency situations, such as domestic violence or home invasion, would be able to send text messages requesting help from police and ambulance officers under a change pushed by state...

Taxpayers to fund teaching of 'pseudo-science'

Relax: Natural therapy courses would be eligible for funding under proposed higher education reforms.

Matthew Knott Profit-making colleges would receive taxpayer funding to teach students unproven alternative remedies such as homeopathy, flower essence therapy and iridology under the Abbott government's proposed...

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Abbott set for low-key role in Queensland election campaign

Campbell Newman's popularity will be the deciding factor in next year's election, according to one expert.

Matthew Knott, Latika Bourke Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to take a low-profile role in the Queensland election campaign, with Premier Campbell Newman saying the campaign is not about Mr Abbott.

The rising stars to watch in Canberra in 2015

Member for Gellibrand Tim Watts.

Latika Bourke, Matthew Knott, Sarah Whyte It's often the case that the quietest operators working behind the scenes can have a greater and, at times more lethal impact than some cabinet ministers or opposition frontbenchers.