David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warns new Cold War is looming

David Wroe Visiting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned Europe is sliding towards a new Cold War and urged the world to stand up to Russia for the sake of global law and order.

Australian jihadists arriving and dying at same rate in Middle East: ASIO

A still from an Islamic State propaganda video.

David Wroe Australians going to fight with extremist groups in the Middle East are dying as fast as they are arriving, meaning that the total number of fighters has remained stable at about 70, security agency...

Australia could supply uranium, coal to Ukraine

Tony Abbott

David Wroe, Michael Gordon Australia could supply uranium and coal to Ukraine in a move that would lessen the eastern European nation's dependence on gas from its neighbour and adversary Russia.

Bali bombing mastermind Hambali's capture was luck, CIA torture report reveals


David Wroe The capture of suspected Bali bombing mastermind Hambali happened largely through luck, a landmark US report finds.

Shipbuilders under pressure ahead of subs decision

Defence Minister David Johnston.

David Wroe The Abbott government has ramped up the pressure on Australia's naval shipbuilders, giving them seven months to fix the troubled project to build Australia's most powerful ever warships.

Embattled destroyer project to determine fate of local shipbuilding

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston.

David Wroe The Abbott government has announced a rejig of the troubled Air Warfare Destroyer project that will serve as a test case for the future of naval shipbuilding in Australia.

Former building Royal Commissioner tipped as terrorism law watchdog

Roger Gyles QC, photographed here in 1992, was a Federal Court Judge from 1999 to 2008 and is 76-years-old.

David Wroe A new player is lined up for the role of Australias's watchdog over national security laws.

Julie Bishop declares ISIL heartland in Syria a no-go zone for Australians

Julie Bishop

David Wroe The Abbott government has used its sweeping new counter-terrorism powers by declaring the Islamic State group's heartland in Syria a "no-go zone".

Defence Minister chaos as two staffers ejected amid leak investigation

Let go: Two staff members from David Johnston's office were asked to leave after the defence minister's expenses details were leaked.

David Wroe Defence Minister David Johnston's office is in chaos, with two staff members shown the door as the Defence Department launched an investigation into a damaging leak of the minister's expense receipts.

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Foreign aid faces further cuts, Julie Bishop confirms

Julie Bishop: Cuts to foreign aid will be Labor's fault.

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed foreign aid may be in the firing line for savings along with other areas of the budget but has blamed Labor for any future cuts.

Cuts to foreign aid 'another broken promise'

A school in Tarin Kowt.

David Wroe Aid groups are voicing growing fears that the Abbott government is eyeing further cuts to foreign aid as it searches desperately for budget savings ahead of its mid-year budget update.

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Joe Hockey rejects open tender for new submarines

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

David Wroe Treasurer Joe Hockey has ruled out an open tender on Australia's new submarines, arguing time is running out to start designing and building a fleet to replace the Collins Class boats.

Lambie sticks to veto over defence pay stoush

Sticking to her guns: Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie.

David Wroe Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie insists she will continue to vote against any government legislation in the Senate despite Tony Abbott's backdown on cuts to military members' entitlements.

Tony Abbott in partial backdown over Defence pay stoush

Tony Abbott

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has partially backed down on the Australian Defence Force pay dispute by restoring several allowances that are worth thousands of dollars a year to some military members.

Under siege: Defence Minister David Johnston feels the pain

Out of sync:  Defence Minister David Johnston in the Senate on Wednesday.

David Wroe and Deborah Snow A reckless wisecrack has the Defence Minister in trouble at a time when threats to national security demand strong leadership.

Australian Defence Force rape victim's 40-year secret

Ken McIlwain is still dealing with the fallout of being raped during his time with the ADF.

David Wroe Ken McIlwain was watching the nightly news in 2011 when the story of the now notorious 'Skype affair' at the Australian Defence Force Academy broke.

Call for Royal Commission into Defence abuse


David Wroe Alleged rapists and sexual abusers are likely to still be serving in the Defence Force.

Senate censures Defence Minister David Johnston as PM says he has his 'full confidence'

Defence Minister David Johnston in the Senate on Wednesday.

Dan Harrison, David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has expressed his full confidence in his Defence Minister in the face of sustained parliamentary pressure to sack him.

Government to consider taskforce call for royal commission into sex abuse at Australian Defence Force Academy

Cause for concern: The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce's report released on Wednesday calls for a royal commission into Defence abuse, particularly at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

David Wroe The government will "seriously" examine a call by an independent taskforce's for a royal commission into sexual assault and abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy, government sources say.

Defence Minister David Johnston 'regrets' his shipbuilder 'canoe' comments

Expressing regret: Defence Minister David Johnston delivers short statement to Senate on Wednesday morning.

David Wroe Defence Minister David Johnston has expressed "regret" over his extraordinary remark that he would not trust the government's shipbuilder ASC to "build a canoe".

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