Matthew Knott is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau covering communications and education policy.
Matthew Knott The greatest danger workers at Parliament House usually face is indigestion from a dodgy bain-marie casserole.
Matthew Knott The federal government is considering fining social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter if they refuse to remove material deemed harmful to young people from their sites.
Matthew Knott The third independent editorial audit of ABC content has found that the public broadcaster's local radio stations are in touch with the concerns of the community.
Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thrown his support behind the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes.
Matthew Knott, Fergus Hunter Leading medical researchers have urged politicians not to let the federal government's proposed $20 billion fund for medical research become a victim of the divisive debate about the $7 GP co-payment...
Matthew Knott Australians would pay more to legally download music and movies under federal government proposals to tackle online piracy, with the vast bulk of the extra revenue flowing to overseas companies...
Matthew Knott The peak body representing high school principals has backed calls for the federal government to strip NAPLAN results from the My School website so that parents cannot compare schools.
Matthew Knott The publication of NAPLAN results on the federal government's My School website is creating "fear and anxiety" among young children and should be stopped, according to the peak body representing...
Matthew Knott The federal government has extended the consultation period for a review into school funding after public school advocates accused it of running a biased and overly secret process.
Matthew Knott "Unanimous" opposition to the federal government's proposed copyright law changes will force it back to the drawing board to tackle online piracy, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.
Matthew Knott Australian private school students spend two hours a week more on homework than their public school counterparts but do not perform better academically when socio-economic advantage is taken into...
Matthew Knott Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie has declared that Clive Palmer is not her "boss", while calling on her leader to be more honest and spend less time "clowning around".
Matthew Knott John Howard and Malcolm Fraser reflect on the government's record since it took power a year ago.
Matthew Knott Pyne faces uphill battle to keep education policy on the curriculum.
Matthew Knott National MPs are lobbying Education Minister Christopher Pyne to redesign his proposed university scholarship scheme so regional universities get a better deal under fee deregulation.
Matthew Knott One of the most outspoken voices in the online piracy debate, Village Roadshow co-chairman Graham Burke, has reversed his decision to boycott a public forum on copyright infringement hosted by...
Matthew Knott The government has backed away from its criticism of the My School website and is now opposed to overhauling the website to prevent parents from comparing schools to each other.
Matthew Knott Elite universities with poor records of enrolling disadvantaged students would be the big winners under the federal government's new Commonwealth scholarship scheme, according to new modelling.
Matthew Knott The country's biggest telecommunications companies are willing to block their customers from accessing overseas websites hosting pirated movies and music despite concerns harmless sites could also...
Matthew Knott, Mark Kenny Universities appear no closer to relieving the uncertainty surrounding the government's planned deregulation agenda for the higher education sector as a Senate majority proves elusive.