Matthew Knott is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau covering communications and education policy.
Matthew Knott, Henrietta Cook, Judith Ireland The long-running exodus from public schools to the non-government sector has halted, with the proportion of Australian students in public schools increasing for the first time in decades.
Matthew Knott, Benjamin Preiss State governments have condemned the Turnbull government's bid to take over responsibility for funding TAFE, saying the federal government instead needs to focus on repairing its scandal-plagued...
Matthew Knott, Michael Bachelard The federal government would take over TAFE funding from the states under a radical plan to be presented to the states and territories at a high-level meeting in March.
Matthew Knott Senior government frontbenchers have contradicted each other over whether the Turnbull government remains committed to $30 billion school funding savings announced in the Coalition's 2014 budget.
Matthew Knott They are the $30 billion in education "cuts" that helped make the Abbott government's first budget so unpopular, infuriated state premiers and helped spark a national debate on increasing the GST.
Matthew Knott The Turnbull government is willing to ditch its controversial plan to link school funding increases to inflation - decried by Labor as a $30 billion cut to school funding...
Matthew Knott Almost $2 billion in extra funding would flow to NSW schools over two years under Labor's plan to fund the full six years of the Gonski school funding deals.
Matthew Knott One billion dollars in extra funding would flow to Victorian schools over two years under Labor's plan to fund the full six years of the Gonski school funding deals.
Matthew Knott Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blasted Clive Palmer's "shocking" management of Queensland Nickel, predicting the embattled MP's time as owner of the refinery is coming to an end.
Matthew Knott Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed his ability to win an election without lavish spending promises, warning voters not to expect a "fistful of dollars election campaign" this year.
Tony Abbott defends 'common sense' in attack on gay marriage during speech to US Alliance Defending Freedom
Matthew Knott Former prime minister Tony Abbott has told a conservative Christian group in the United States that allowing same-sex couples to wed will contribute to "the erosion of family" and urged policy makers...
Matthew Knott Labor has set up an election year school funding battle by promising to pump $4.5 billion into the nation's schools by fully funding the Gonski funding agreements it struck when last in office.
Matthew Knott Fresh from his infamous Walkley Award-winning "fixer" interview on Sky News, Christopher Pyne will now host his own political show.
Matthew Knott, Mark Kenny Same-sex marriage reform advocates within the Turnbull government have reacted angrily to the plans some hardline conservatives to vote against change in parliament even if a future plebiscite...
Matthew Knott A split has re-opened within the Coalition over same-sex marriage, after conservative senator Eric Abetz warned he may vote against allowing gays and lesbians to marry even if the Australian...
Matthew Knott Turnbull says he has no interest in leading the Republican cause to another "heroic defeat" after the issue was thrust back on to the national agenda.
Matthew Knott Directness comes naturally to Michael McCormack, who has emerged as a leading contender for the leadership of the Nationals.
Matthew Knott Australian of the Year David Morrison would make an ideal head of state in a future Australian republic, according to Australian Republican Movement Chairman Peter FitzSimons.
Matthew Knott For decades, mobile libraries have brought books into the lives of those who would otherwise go without. Meals on Wheels has helped feed those who can't cook for themselves.
Matthew Knott This isn't just a business story. It's about which stories get told, who tells them and who wields the influence that flows from running a big media company.