David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Julie Bishop stares down Russia over MH17 tragedy

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has dramatically stepped up Australia's condemnation of Moscow over the flight MH17 tragedy, accusing it of trying to use humanitarian help as a pretext for an...

Defence paper questions whether Australia’s next subs to be built at home

Recently said the government wanted to support local naval shipbuilding: Defence Minister David Johnston.

David Wroe A defence discussion paper that will help set the direction for military spending in the years ahead has openly questioned whether Australia’s next fleet of submarines should be built at home.

MP warns recruitment video more dangerous than Australian jihadists

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David Wroe The radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has produced a slick video to recruit Indonesians - a phenomenon that a member of Parliament’s intelligence and security committee warns poses a...

Soldiers join mission to find MH17 victims

Ukraine has formally handed overall responsibility for the crash investigation to the Dutch

David Wroe, Peter Hartcher and James Massola Australian soldiers are set to join an enlarged police presence to help secure the crash site of MH17 as the Abbott government worked against the clock on Friday to secure deals with key players to...

Australian soldiers to back up police in securing Ukrainian site of MH17 crash

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media during a joint press conference with AFP Commissioner Tony Negus after receiving an update on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, at the incident coordination centre at the AFP headquarters in Canberra on Friday 25 July 2014. Photo:

David Wroe and Judith Ireland A small number of Australian soldiers will be deployed to back up police charged with securing the crash site of MH-17 in Ukraine.

Tony Abbott admits federal police face 'difficulty' on mission to MH17 crash site

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 24 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has acknowledged that 50 Australian police officers who have flown to London ahead of a mission to secure the MH17 crash site may face ''difficulty'' as armed pro-Russian...

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Tony Abbott offers 50 Australian police to help secure MH17 site

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James Massola, David Wroe Fifty Australian federal police have been pre-deployed to London ahead of a potential mission to Ukraine to help secure the crash site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Journey home begins

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Wroe, James Massola Tony Abbott has warned of evidence tampering on ''an industrial scale'' at the MH17 crash site, underscoring the massive challenge facing international investigators including Australians as they...

Tony Abbott slams evidence tampering at MH17 crash site

PM Tony Abbott address media on MH17 on Tuesday.

James Massola, David Wroe Tony Abbott has warned of evidence tampering on ''an industrial scale'' at the MH17 crash site.

Australian military plane leaves for the Netherlands to return bodies of Australian MH17 victims home

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove after the signing of MH17 condolence book at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 July 2014.

David Wroe, Judith Ireland An Australian C-17 military plane is in the air on its way to the Netherlands in preparation to start returning the bodies of Australian victims of the MH17 crash.

Australian jihadist arrested in Lebanon

Lebanese Australian cleric Hussam Sabbagh.

David Wroe A prominent Australian jihadist who reportedly commanded 300 militiamen and orchestrated clashes in Syria has been arrested in neighbouring Lebanon.

Tony Abbott says Ukraine crash site 'shambolic'

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James Massola, David Wroe, Judith Ireland Prime Minster Tony Abbott has lashed the ''absolutely shambolic'' situation at the site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, as he dispatched former defence force chief Angus Houston as his...

Safety first as investigators fly to Kiev

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David Wroe Australian air crash investigators are headed to Kiev where they will team up with Dutch, British and possibly American counterparts but will have to wait until there is a guarantee of safety from...

Australia puts pressure on Russia over MH17

Frightful sight: A woman and child walk past the crash site.

Mark Kenny, David Wroe Australia has wound up the pressure on Moscow and is re-considering Vladimir Putin’s attendance at the G20 in November as the world reels from the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 killing 298...

First Australian suicide bomber in Iraq reportedly kills three people in Baghdad

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David Wroe The first Australian suicide bomber in Iraq reportedly killed three people in the heart of Baghdad on Thursday, raising the involvement of local jihadists in the spiralling violence to a chilling new...

Three-way military drill a road map to survival

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop (centre) and Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin (right) meet with General Fan Chang Long, Vice Chair of China's Central Military Commission.

David Wroe Australia will host the first three-way joint military exercises with China and the US in a move to deepen defence ties that appears to offset concerns that relations with Beijing were on shaky...

Tony Abbott defends new laws that would jail journalists for revealing ASIO secrets

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17:  The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia speaking at the B20 conference being held at the Four Seasons Hotel, on July 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Christopher Pearce/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged journalists not to report on national security matters that could endanger the country as he defended proposed laws that criminalise disclosure of certain ASIO...

ASIO concerns grow over returned jihadists

Director-General of Security, David Irvine.

David Wroe The nation’s top spy has expressed concern about ‘‘tens’’ of former Australian jihadists who have already returned from fighting in the Middle East and who may now pose...

Top Chinese general meets PM for talks on military links

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David Wroe and John Garnaut A top Chinese general will hold high-level military talks with the Abbott government on Wednesday in a move that an expert says shows the relationship with Beijing remains on a steady course.

Spies, internet firms in firing line of national security reforms

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David Wroe, James Massola Spies who leak sensitive information will face tough new penalties of up to 10 years' jail and internet firms could be forced to store customers' data for up to two years under sweeping national...