Matthew Knott

Matthew Knott

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

Christopher Pyne says budget plan to charge real interest for student debts faces wind back

Matthew Knott Education Minister Christopher Pyne has confirmed the federal government is considering modifying its plan to apply real interest to student debts following criticism by university vice-chancellors.

Cost-benefit analysis urged for all infrastructure projects over $1 billion

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Matthew Knott Cost blowouts and delays in the rollout of the national broadband network show that infrastructure projects - including a second Sydney airport - should be subject to a public cost-benefit analysis,...

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Stop HECS 'free ride', warn unis

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Matthew Knott The federal government should crack down on university graduates who take a ''free ride'' on the taxpayer by moving overseas after they have finished their studies, according to the peak universities...

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George Brandis contradicts Malcolm Turnbull over piracy crackdown payments

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Matthew Knott Senior Abbott government ministers Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis have publicly contradicted each other over who should pay for an anti-online piracy scheme.

Business head calls for fewer uni students

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Heath Gilmore, Matthew Knott Australian universities are enrolling too many domestic students who should opt for vocational education and training instead, one of the nation’s leading business figures says.

Uni backs calls over student debt

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Matthew Knott The University of Melbourne has joined a chorus calling for the federal government to abandon plans to apply real interest to student debts and backed a set of alternative proposals that would reduce...

Unpopular uni debts likely to be reversed

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 17 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Matthew Knott, Gareth Hutchens The federal government is expected to ditch one of its most controversial budget measures - the plan to apply real interest rates to student debts - following advice from the architect of the HECS...

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'Unfair': Poor graduates to pay about 30 per cent more than rich under Abbott government's university interest rate fee changes

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Matthew Knott, Gareth Hutchens Federal government is expected to ditch one of its most controversial budget measures - the plan to apply real interest rate to student debts - following advice from the architect of the HECS...

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Film and music companies should foot bill for online piracy crackdown, says Malcolm Turnbull

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Matthew Knott Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says film and music companies, not internet users, should foot the bill for any scheme cracking down on online piracy.

Bold intervention in university fee deregulation debate

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Matthew Knott 'Trickle-down' theory has, surprisingly, entered the debate over university fee deregulation.

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Film companies back government crackdown on 'ill gotten gains' of online piracy

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Matthew Knott The creative sector has praised federal government proposals to crack down on online piracy, saying illegal downloading threatens the viability of local film and music production.

Deregulation a chance to make our 'average' universities 'brilliant': ANU's Ian Young

Group of Eight chair Professor Ian Young addresses the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Matthew Knott It would be a "great tragedy" for Australia if Parliament blocks the federal government's plan to deregulate university fees, according to Group of Eight Universities Chair Ian Young.

Internet 'tax' may fund new spy laws

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Matthew Knott Phone and internet customers could face a ''surveillance tax'' of up to $100 a year if the federal government implements a scheme requiring companies to store customer data for two years, the...

Politicians' 'age of entitlement'

Entitled: National MP Bert van Manen, left, and Liberal Party MP Jamie Briggs, right.

Matthew Knott, Fergus Hunter The ''age of entitlement'' is over, according to Treasurer Joe Hockey, but politicians continue to spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on flights to sporting events, study tours, recipe...

Secret study identifies more cuts at the ABC

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Matthew Knott A secret study of ABC operations has identified $60 million worth of potential savings, a finding the Abbott government will use to justify a new round of cuts to the broadcaster's budget.

Secret study identifies $60m in ABC savings

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Matthew Knott A secret study of ABC operations has identified $60 million worth of potential savings, a finding the Abbott government will use to justify a new round of cuts to the broadcaster's budget.

Abbott's mission to Ukraine branded 'nuts'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Saturday 26 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Julieanne Strachan, Matthew Knott Australian Defence Force personnel will be walking unprepared into a volatile situation at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine, a senior defence figure has warned.

Government's plan for 157 captive asylum seekers potentially illegal: lawyers

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 15 July 2014. Photo:

Matthew Knott Refugee lawyers say the federal government's plans for Indian officials to interview 157 asylum seekers when they arrive on the Australian mainland is unprecedented and potentially illegal under...

Well-hung? Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie boards the Oversharing Express on radio station Heart 107.3

Jacqui Lambie on her first day at Parliament House as a senator.

Matthew Knott Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie has taken an innovative way to find love using talkback radio to search for a potential suitor – preferably one "well hung" and loaded with cash.

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Accusation from Tony Abbott that Russia is 'washing its hands' of any responsibility for MH17 crash

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Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused Russia of attempting to wash its hands of any responsibility for the MH17 disaster and blamed pro-Russian forces for blocking access to the crash site.