David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Defence Minister rejects expert concerns of 'rushed' submarine bidding process

David Wroe Defence Minister Marise Payne has dismissed a growing chorus of expert concern that the government's process for choosing a new submarine is rushed and will lead to a decision based on scant...

$50b sub building program 'would bring Japan and Australia closer together'

Japan says its bid to build Australia's replacement for the Collins Class submarine would bring the countries' two navies closer.

David Wroe Japan sees its bid for Australia's $50 billion submarine program as just one step in deepening defence ties that would also see the two nations' navies work closely together on joint-operations such...

Marise Payne: Australia will oppose 'intimidation' and 'aggression', in veiled warning to China

Defence Minister Marise Payne.

David Wroe Defence Minister Marise Payne has delivered a blunt message that the Turnbull government will not take a softer line than its predecessor on Chinese provocations over flashpoint maritime disputes.

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US admiral issues blunt warning over Chinese maritime expansion

Admiral Scott Swift.

David Wroe The commander of the United States' massive Pacific Fleet has warned that if bullying behaviour at sea of the kind shown by China is not confronted, it will spread to land and become a "friction...

Second Russian wave in Syria escalates risk of confrontation with Australia

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday.

David Wroe Russia carried out a second wave of bombing raids in Syria on Friday while Iran reportedly sent ground troops, raising tensions with Washington and heightening the risk that Australia is being drawn...

Russian motives in Syrian air strikes under a cloud: Defence Minister Marise Payne

Australian Defence Minister senator Marise Payne.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Defence Minister Marise Payne has left open the door to Australia's stepping up its contribution to the air strike campaign in Syria after US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Western-led...

UN Security Council bid will be hampered by aid cuts, say rights groups, Labor

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday.

David Wroe Australia will face headwinds in its fresh bids for key United Nations positions because of deep foreign aid cuts and treatment of asylum-seekers, human rights groups and Labor have warned.

Transition away from Syria's Assad regime a 'fiction', Middle East expert says

United States President Barack Obama

David Wroe One of Australia's leading Middle East experts has branded as "a polite fiction" the idea that the West will negotiate with Russia even a gradual exit of the Assad regime in war-torn Syria.

Julie Bishop to oversee largest ever cuts in Australian aid: report

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop says she is aware of reports that an Australian has been killed in Syria but can't confirm it.

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is set to preside over by far the largest overseas aid cuts as a proportion of the nation's income of any foreign minister in Australian history, a new report has found.

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Marise Payne

New Defence Minister Marise Payne asks to be judged on performance, not gender

Defence minister Senator Marise Payne during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 September 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

David Wroe Australia's first female Defence Minister says she hopes her appointment will encourage more women to join the ADF.

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Joe Hockey could be successful as ambassador to US, say experts

Joe Hockey could be an effective ambassador with an experienced deputy to handle foreign policy, a diplomatic source said.

David Wroe Joe Hockey has firmed as a likely replacement for Kim Beazley as Washington Ambassador – a move that experts say could work despite Mr Hockey's lacking any foreign affairs background.

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New Defence Minister Marise Payne 'has right balance of toughness and compassion'

Senator Marise Payne is sworn in as Defence Minister by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Marise Payne once remarked that she became a feminist at age one. It wasn't until she got to university in the 1980s that she realised there were "things ...

Joe Hockey to quit politics after being dumped as Treasurer but could take diplomatic post

Joe Hockey could be an effective ambassador with an experienced deputy to handle foreign policy, a diplomatic source said.

David Wroe and Anne Davies Outgoing Treasurer Joe Hockey will quit politics amid speculation he may be given a plum diplomatic post.

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Malcolm Turnbull cabinet: first female defence minister Marise Payne hailed as Kevin Andrews exits

Senator Marise Payne has been named Australia's first female Defence Minister in Malcolm Turnbull's cabinet reshuffle.

David Wroe The 51-year-old moderate Liberal NSW senator will be the nation's first woman in the job but the third person to hold the role in the two years since the last election.

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Cabinet reshuffle: Kevin Andrews takes parting shot at Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Andrews during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday September 14.

David Wroe Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has fired a parting shot at his new leader as he took the extraordinary step of announcing his own sacking, pre-empting by just minutes Prime Minister Malcolm...

Canning byelection: Bill Shorten hits back at Andrew Hastie over Afghanistan remarks

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has criticised Andrew Hastie for his comments on Labor's support for Australian troops in Afghanistan.

David Wroe Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says he is "offended" by West Australian Liberal candidate and former SAS officer Andrew Hastie's claim that Labor didn't support troops in Afghanistan and even put...

Submarines set to be built in Australia under Turnbull government

The replacement fleet for the Collins Class submarines could be largely built in Australia, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has suggested.

David Wroe and Mark Kenny Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has strongly endorsed a pitch by shipbuilders to construct Australia's next fleet of submarines largely in Australia, signalling a major shift since Malcolm Turnbull...

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Australian commandos to leave Iraq as first strike in Syria is launched

RAAF F/A-18A Hornets have dropped more than 500 bombs since they began an air campaign against Islamic State last year.

David Wroe Elite Australian commandos are drawing down from Iraq while RAAF fighter jets begin to pound targets in Syria, marking a shift in the campaign against the Islamic State terror group.

Australian RAAF Hornet jets conduct first bombing operations against Islamic State in Syria

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews.

David Wroe A regular update on coalition air operations posted overnight by the US Central Command said three air strikes were carried out by coalition aircraft.

South Australian MPs confident of local submarine build under a Turnbull government

Senator Sean Edwards has expressed confidence that a greater share of submarines will be built in South Australia under a Turnbull government.

David Wroe A greater share of a $50 billion submarine-building program will likely be done in Australia under a Malcolm Turnbull-led government in a major strategic and industrial shift, according to...