David Wroe

David Wroe

David Wroe is national security correspondent for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald in Canberra.

Abbott government faces byelection test in seat of Griffith

David Wroe The Abbott government will face its first electoral test on February 8 when voters have their say in former prime minister Kevin Rudd's Brisbane seat of Griffith.

Date set for byelection in Kevin Rudd's former seat of Griffith

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David Wroe The by-election for ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's former federal seat will be held on February 8.

Tony Abbott's job pledge based on figures from the Howard years

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David Wroe The Abbott government came up with its pledge to create 1 million jobs in five years solely on the employment growth rate achieved under the former Howard government, a Coalition insider says.

Warning of extended war in Middle East as Fallujah falls to al-Qaeda

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David Wroe The Abbott government has expressed ''deep concern'' and experts have warned of a lengthy sectarian conflict across the Middle East after fighters linked to al-Qaeda seized the city of Fallujah.

Coalition's jobs pledge queried

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Wroe The Abbott government came up with its pledge to create 1 million jobs in five years solely on the employment growth rate achieved under the former Howard government, a Coalition insider says.

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Abbott government announces drop in asylum seeker boat numbers

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David Wroe The Abbott government is claiming victory on border protection, with boat arrivals in the three months to December the lowest in five years.

Detainee rape claims on Christmas Island

Christmas Island's five detention centres are now at 'surge capacity'.

David Wroe Police are investigating claims that a woman being held in immigration detention on Christmas Island was raped by a fellow detainee.

More woe for Tony Abbott over broken election promises as forecast tips shortfall in new jobs

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

David Wroe The Abbott government faces more pressure over broken election promises as a new analysis shows it will fall well short of its pledge to create a million jobs over five years.

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Broken vows pile up as Coalition's pledge of 1 million new jobs refuted

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David Wroe The Abbott government faces further pressure over broken promises with a new analysis showing it will fall well short of its pledge to create 1 million jobs over five years.

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WikiLeaks Party defends its 'cup of tea' with Bashar al-Assad

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Leesha McKenny, David Wroe Julian Assange's father has defended the WikiLeaks Party's controversial visit to Syria, saying it was ''just a matter of good manners'' to meet with accused war criminal President Bashar al-Assad.

'No evidence' athletes travelling to Russia will be in danger

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

David Wroe, Michael Carayannis, Daniel Lane Australia has expressed confidence that Russian authorities can keep athletes and sports fans safe in the wake of two terrorist bombings that killed at least 30 people ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Julian Assange's father defends WikiLeaks' Syrian visit

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Leesha McKenny and David Wroe Julian Assange's father has defended the Australian WikiLeaks Party's controversial visit to Syria, saying it was "just a matter of good manners" to meet accused war criminal, President Bashar...

Call for Abbott to protect data privacy

David Wroe Critics of sweeping electronic surveillance programs are stepping up pressure on the federal government to introduce stricter safeguards.

Julie Bishop under fire for praising conditions on Nauru

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop

David Wroe Julie Bishop under fire for praising conditions for asylum seekers held on Nauru after it was claimed she visited only staff housing, not the detainees' tent accommodation.

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Tony Abbott's message to companies looking for bailouts: we're not coming to the rescue

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David Wroe, Clay Lucas The government has unveiled a $100 million package to create jobs for Holden workers facing redundancy but predicted an end to so-called corporate welfare, insisting struggling manufacturers must...

Tony Abbott announces $100 million package for Holden workers

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David Wroe, Clay Lucas The Abbott government has unveiled a $100 million package to create new jobs for Holden workers facing redundancy, but flagged an end to so-called corporate welfare, insisting struggling...

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Coalition appoints Sophie Mirabella to board of government-owned shipbuilding firm

Sophie Mirabella.

David Wroe The Abbott government has appointed former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella to the board of the government-owned naval shipbuilding firm ASC Pty Ltd.

Malcolm Turnbull's colleagues scold him on gay marriage support

Jonathan Swan, David Wroe Anger is rising within the Abbott government over Malcolm Turnbull's advocacy for gay marriage, with the Communications Minister publicly criticised by two backbench colleagues.

Sacked asylum seeker health board warns of repeats of Cornelia Rau case

Wrongly detained: Cornelia Rau.

David Wroe The sacking of an expert advisory group on asylum-seeker health could spell the return of mistakes such as the infamous 2005 Cornelia Rau episode in which a legal resident spent months in detention,...

Australian troops leave Tarin Kowt

Leading Aircraftman Noel Klaehn.

David Wroe Last Thursday, Trever and Raelene Klaehn got the call they had been waiting for. Their son Noel, one of Australia's air ground defence guards serving in Afghanistan, would be home by Christmas.