Matthew Knott

Matthew Knott

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

Dollar tumbles as car sales, retail figures offer mixed messages on economy

Matthew Knott, Stephen Cauchi, Sam Hall The Australian dollar flirted with six-year lows on Friday as booming car sales and worse-than-expected retail figures offered a mixed message for the strength of the Australian economy. 

ABC producers had concerns about Zaky Mallah, government review finds

Zaky Mallah on the ABC's Q&A program.

Matthew Knott ABC producers tried to contact two people familiar with former terror suspect Zaky Mallah before allowing him to ask a question live on air because of concerns about his suitability,...

Coalition MPs urge Tony Abbott to rethink media ownership reform

Senator Dean Smith.

Matthew Knott Government MPs have publicly urged Tony Abbott to reconsider his opposition to changing media ownership laws, saying the Prime Minister should put audience interests ahead of those of media moguls.

Meet Peter McEvoy, the faceless man behind the Q&A scandal

Q&A executive producer Peter McEvoy.

Matthew Knott In an industry dominated by attention seekers, this man exerts his influence off camera, in the shadows

ABC board appoints Ray Martin to conduct audit of Q&A following Zaky Mallah episode

Doing what he loves: Ray Martin fronts a new documentary series during which he took photos from Redfern to The Kimberley.

Matthew Knott The ABC has appointed television veteran Ray Martin to conduct an audit of its flagship panel program Q&A.

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Q&A: Mark Scott fires back at Tony Abbott, saying ABC is not 'a state broadcaster'

ABC managing director Mark Scott has given a passionate defence of the ABC.

Matthew Knott ABC managing director Mark Scott has fired back at Tony Abbott after the Prime Minister called for "heads to roll" at the ABC by pointing out he runs a "public broadcaster, not a state broadcaster"...

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Q&A: Zaky Mallah had been in studio audience before

Zaky Mallah on Q&A.

Michael Bachelard, James Massola, Matthew Knott Former terror suspect Zaky Mallah says his explosive appearance on Q&A on Monday night was the fourth time he had attended the ABC studio for the program, and the third time producers had...

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SBS faces $29m shortfall after Senate rejects advertising changes

SBS managing director Michael Ebeid.

Matthew Knott SBS will be left with a $28.5 million budget shortfall over four years after the Senate rejected the Abbott government's bid to allow it to double the amount of advertising it can show in prime time.

MP who carried cousin's coffin after terrorist attack confronts Mark Scott over Q&A episode

ABC managing director Mark Scott.

James Massola, Matthew Knott ABC managing director Mark Scott has been confronted about Monday night's Q&A episode by a furious Nationals MP who carried the coffin of a cousin killed in the Bali bombing terrorist attack.

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Tony Abbott and the ABC: The love affair that couldn't last

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media during a joint press conference at Parliament House.

Matthew Knott It's a sorry sight indeed, to see a love affair spiral so quickly into acrimony.

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Gonski architect Ken Boston slams proposal for Commonwealth to abandon public schools

Education Minister Christopher Pyne during question time on Monday.

Matthew Knott An architect of the Gonski school reforms has slammed a proposal, contained in a leaked government discussion paper, for the federal government to abdicate funding for public schools as "completely...

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Means-test for state school fees ruled out by Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne

20140528 28 May 2014; Australian Financial Review; Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne in his office at Parliament House, Canberra.

Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out supporting a controversial proposal to means-tested free public education only hours after praising it as "creative thinking".

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Tony Abbott's school reform paper proposes cutting federal funding

Education Minister Christopher Pyne says the government has a particular responsibility for independent schools that it doesn't have for public schools.

Matthew Knott Free schooling in Australia may no longer exist if the Abbott government decides on radical reform, says green paper.

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School funding again up for debate

Matthew Knott

Matthew Knott Less than four years after David Gonski handed down his landmark review, the heated and complicated issue of how we fund our schools is again up for debate.

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Opposition leader Bill Shorten says it was 'entirely possible' businesses paid members' union fees

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has made a strident defence of his record as a trade union leader.

Matthew Knott, Damien Murphy Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has made a strident defence of his record as a trade union leader while accepting it was "entirely possible" businesses had paid members' union fees when he...

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says it was 'entirely possible' businesses paid members' union fees

Bill Shorten has broken his silence on ABC's Insiders program.

Matthew Knott Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has broken his silence on controversial deals struck when he was a trade union leader, saying it was "entirely possible" businesses had...

Malcolm Turnbull tries to stave off defeat on SBS advertising changes

A defeat in the Senate on SBS advertising would be another blow for Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Matthew Knott The Abbott government appears headed for defeat on legislation that would allow SBS to double the amount of advertising it can show in prime time.

Papal environment encyclical a win for the Greens, challenge for Abbott

The Pope has issued an urgent call for humanity to tackle climate change and protect the planet.

Matthew Knott Politicians from across the political spectrum and Catholic Church leaders have welcomed Pope Francis' major encyclical on the environment.

International student numbers soar by 11 per cent

There were 433,936 international students studying in Australia on a student visa in April, an increase of 11.2 per cent on the same period last year.

Matthew Knott International student enrolments surged by 11 per cent over the past year, with almost 170,000 international students starting new courses in Australia. 

'Labor did not pay people smugglers to turn around boats': Bill Shorten

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says Labor has every right to ask the Abbott government questions on claims Australian officials paid people smugglers money to turn back boats.

Matthew Knott Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has vowed to continue pressing the Abbott government to answer whether it paid people smugglers to return to Indonesia.

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