Matthew Knott

Matthew Knott

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

Peter Dutton's Fairfax attack a reminder of Gillard government's dying days

Matthew Knott A government flailing in the polls, struggling to explain a policy agenda and beset by internal instability. A senior minister emerges from the wreckage to accuse the media of bias.

Australia should embrace 'US-style privately managed public schools'

Charter schools have the potential to boost academic performance, a new report has found.

Matthew Knott State governments should look to US-style "charter schools" - privately-managed public schools - as a way to boost the poor test results of Australian students, a new report argues.

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You think you know Christopher Pyne? Think again

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Matthew Knott In recent months Christopher Pyne the moderate has been blossoming in plain sight. No longer just Pyne the parliamentary attack dog, but a tribal Liberal with a bleeding heart.

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ABC's Leigh Sales cleared of bias in Joe Hockey budget interview

Leigh Sales

Matthew Knott ABC host Leigh Sales has been cleared of bias by the independent media watchdog for a fiery post-budget interview with Treasurer Joe Hockey that was queried by Communications Minister Malcolm...

How Tony Abbott's media appearance promise has 'all gone horribly wrong'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott listened to a heartbeat of

Matthew Knott As Tony Abbott's cabinet was sworn in he was in a pensive mood.

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop blasts ALP for 'appalling' Andrew Hastie retweets

Julie Bishop on <i>Insiders</i> on Sunday.

Matthew Knott, Gareth Hutchens Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to "show leadership" after Western Australian Labor politicians retweeted "appalling" jokes about...

Private colleges with high drop-out rates getting millions in subsidies


Matthew Knott Some of the nation's biggest private training colleges have been revealed to graduate disturbingly few students while receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies.

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TV networks win right to broadcast AFL/NRL in HD, but change may be too late for grand finals

Changes to AFL broadcasting may not occur in time for this year's finals.

Matthew Knott Sports fans may have to wait another year to watch the AFL and NRL grand finals in high definition, even though legislation allowing the free-to-air television networks to broadcast the matches...

School autonomy helps boost results, study finds

Principal Keith McDougall at Broadmeadows Primary School with some of his students.

Matthew Knott, Henrietta Cook Giving schools more control over the hiring and training of teachers can result in "extraordinary" improvements in student achievement, a landmark study into school autonomy has found.

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Does she or doesn't she? Julie Bishop's gay marriage silence polarises colleagues

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 14 July 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Matthew Knott During the Coalition party room's marathon six-hour meeting on Tuesday night, Tony Abbott only applauded once.

George Brandis slaps down Scott Morrison over proposal to hold same-sex marriage referendum

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis

Matthew Knott The Abbott government's divide over same-sex marriage deepened on Thursday, as Attorney-General George Brandis slapped down a proposal by cabinet colleague Scott Morrison to...

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Gay marriage: Tim Watts' emotional story of his uncles Derek and Ian who couldn't marry

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06:  Federal Labor MPs Tim Watts and Clare O'Neil  pose for a portrait on August 6, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Tim Watts; Clare O'Neil

Matthew Knott A Labor MP has attacked Coalition Senate Leader Eric Abetz as an "anachronistic joke" in an impassioned speech recounting the story of a gay uncle who died of AIDS without the right to marry his...

Gay marriage split: Liberal senator Dean Smith vows to cross the floor

Dean Smith.

Matthew Knott The Liberal Party's first openly gay federal parliamentarian has vowed to cross the floor to vote in favour of same-sex marriage if a bill comes to the Senate for a vote.

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Tony Abbott warns colleagues not to vote for same-sex marriage

Warning: Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned his ministerial colleagues they would have to resign from the frontbench if they were to vote in support of same-sex marriage and said he would be...

ABC review raises concerns about coverage of higher education debate

Education minister Christopher Pyne during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 22 June 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Matthew Knott The ABC has vowed to take a more "thoughtful" approach to policy coverage following the release of an audit criticising some of its journalists for inappropriate editorialising in their reporting on...

The six big issues to be debated at Labor's national conference

Labor's national conference is the place where the policy direction for the next three years is determined.

Matthew Knott Labor's national conference is the party's pre-eminent decision making forum - the place where the policy direction for the next three years is determined.

MH17 anniversary: Tony Abbott vows to bring those responsible to justice

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addressed the National Memorial Service for MH17 at Parliament House in Canberra.

Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told the families of the Australian victims of the MH17 plane crash that, one year on from the tragedy, "we owe it to the dead to bring the guilty to...

Sir Angus Houston recalls recovery operation of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Sir Angus Houston: ''Being on the crash site was high risk. We were in a war zone.''

Matthew Knott Renegotiating access to the crash site every day was the most difficult part of his assignment as special envoy to Ukraine in the wake of the MH17 tragedy, former Defence chief Sir Angus Houston says.

Elite Group of Eight universities outperformed on graduate earnings, says study

Tertiary education

Matthew Knott There is no earnings advantage to attending a sandstone university compared to less prestigious institutions, a major economic study has found.

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Former federal member for Hume Alby Schultz dead, aged 76

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Matthew Knott Former federal member for Hume Alby Schultz has died aged 76.