Matthew Knott

Matthew Knott

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

Binding vote for Labor MPs on same-sex marriage 'foolish', says union heavyweight Joe de Bruyn

Judith Ireland and Matthew Knott Union heavyweight and prominent same-sex marriage opponent Joe de Bruyn has dismissed Tanya Plibersek's push for a binding vote on the issue, arguing she is just "playing up" to her inner-city...

Sussan Ley confirms Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme crackdown in May budget

Health Minister Sussan Ley.

Matthew Knott Health Minister Sussan Ley has confirmed the government will tackle "perverse incentives" in the health system by removing over-the-counter medications - such as Panadol, aspirin and antacids - from...

Comments 74

Academic likens Lomborg appointment to putting Brian Burke in charge of economy

Professor Bjorn Lomborg.

James Massola, Matthew Knott Academic Ray Wills has compared the appointment of  "sceptical environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg to head up a new development think tank to putting disgraced former...

New deal mooted to give Australian Synchrotron a lifeline

Matthew Knott One of Australia's premiere pieces of scientific infrastructure, the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne's south-east, is set to be given a lifeline under a new funding deal to be announced...

Treasurer Joe Hockey dashes hopes of changes to negative gearing

Joe Hockey

Matthew Knott Treasurer Joe Hockey has all but ruled out any changes to negative gearing by warning that altering the system could drive up rents and harm investors.

Comments 425

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office the origin for controversial Bjorn Lomborg centre decision

The controversial Bjorn Lomborg, now an adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia.

James Massola, Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office drove the push to provide government funding decision for "sceptical environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg's climate think tank, not Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

'We're in the naughty corner': accountants blast government over exclusion from federal budget lock-up

Treasurer Joe Hockey's office said CPA had been inadvertently put on an incorrect list and would be invited into the lock-up.

Matthew Knott The head of the peak body representing accountants has blasted the Abbott government for a lack of consultation and expressed scepticism that his organisation was excluded from next month's...

Follow Australia and ignore 'Mrs Lovejoys' on asylum seeker boats: Daniel Hannan

Helen Lovejoy from the TV series The Simpsons.

Matthew Knott A prominent British politician has urged European leaders to ignore the "Mrs Lovejoys" who decry tough border protection policies and instead adopt Australia's turn-back-the-boats policy.

Comments 109

Bjorn Lomborg centre: leaked documents cast doubt on Abbott government claims

The president of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, Dr Bjorn Lomborg.

Lisa Cox, Matthew Knott Leaked talking points reveal what really went on behind the scenes.

Comments 163

SBS warns of more cuts if it can't double its prime-time advertising


Matthew Knott SBS will have to immediately axe local programs and lay off staff unless Parliament passes legislation allowing it to double the amount of advertising it can air in prime time, the multicultural...

Comments 7

Conservative columnist Katie Hopkins reported to police over asylum seeker views

<i>The Sun</i> columnist Katie Hopkins.

Matthew Knott Controversial British columnist Katie Hopkins has been reported to police for allegedly inciting racial hatred in an article applauding Australia for threatening asylum seekers "with violence until...

Comments 248

Google tax: Hockey top adviser attacked plan in former role

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Matthew Knott The man hand-picked by Treasurer Joe Hockey to review the nation's tax system publicly criticised one of the major policy announcements expected in the May budget - a "Google Tax" on...

Comments 58

'Tiny hearts': What the UK has been told about Australia's asylum seeker policy

<i>The Sun</i> columnist Katie Hopkins.

Matthew Knott One of Britian's most controversial commentators has sparked a furore by suggesting Europe follow Australia's approach to asylum seekers by "threatening them with violence until they bugger off".

Comments 397

'Disappointed in my colleagues': WA Premier Colin Barnett's COAG blast

WA Premier Colin Barnett arrives for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 10 October 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Matthew Knott Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has lashed his fellow state premiers for locking in a system of GST distribution that "penalises success and rewards failure" after emerging from the latest...

GST stoush: Colin Barnett accuses other state premiers of 'ganging up' on WA

WA Premier Colin Barnett

Matthew Knott State premiers have called for Western Australia to move on from its bid to change the way the GST is distributed as a defiant WA Premier Colin Barnett arrived in Canberra urging a...

Comments 124

'Primed Minister': Malcolm Turnbull appears on front cover of GQ magazine

The latest edition of <i>GQ</i> magazine featuring Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Matthew Knott He's the only politician who could appear on Q&A in a leather jacket and get away with it.

Comments 56

'Deep regret': Dr Karl Kruszelnicki to hand over Intergenerational Report pay

Dr Karl

Matthew Knott Dr Kruszelnicki initially said that he would keep his payment fee despite distancing himself from the report.

Comments 264

Gotcha! The awful interview moment politicians never want to experience

Kevin Andrews Minister for Social Services in his ministerial suite in Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 20 October 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Matthew Knott A mental blank can be uncomfortable, disturbing and embarrassing. But while we can shrug them off and move on, for a politician, it can be a career killer.

Comments 60

Woolworths debacle: Minister for Veterans Affairs attacks Anzac ad campaign

A Woolworths Anzac Day tribute has backfired after it was hijacked by internet memes.

Matthew Knott The Minister for Veteran Affairs has lashed out at supermarket giant Woolworths for trivialising the Anzac memory in a widely derided social media campaign and warned Australian corporations they...

Comments 202

Karl Kruszelnicki steps up concerns over 'flawed' Intergenerational Report

A screen grab of Dr Karl Kruszelnicki taken from the Intergenerational Report advertisement.

Matthew Knott The man appearing on television screens across the country promoting the Abbott government's Intergenerational Report - Karl Kruszelnicki - has describing the document as "flawed" and admitting to...

Comments 170