David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Tony Abbott defends government's 'closed book' approach to asylum seeker policy

Judith Ireland, David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott remains unapologetic about his government's approach to information about asylum seeker boats, saying he would rather be criticised for being ''a bit of a closed book'' and...

Military chiefs in bid to defuse boat turn-back row

David Wroe, Amilia Rosa The head of Indonesia's military said he had reached a private agreement with the Chief of the Australian Defence Force to accept turned-backs boats as a way of defusing the diplomatic row over the...

Indonesian military head says boats turned back will be accepted

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David Wroe The head of Indonesia's military says he reached a private agreement with the Chief of the Australian Defence Force to accept boat turn-backs as a way to defuse the diplomatic row over the policy.

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Asylum seekers intercepted on unseaworthy boats could be sent back to Indonesia on large, engine-powered lifeboats

David Wroe Asylum seekers intercepted on unseaworthy boats could be sent back to Indonesia on large, engine-powered lifeboats, in an escalation of the Abbott government's turn-back policy.

Government mulls lifeboats plan for intercepted asylum seekers

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David Wroe Asylum seekers intercepted on unseaworthy boats could be sent back to Indonesia on large, engine-powered lifeboats in an escalation of the Abbott government's "turn-back" policy.

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Australia 'forces' asylum seeker boat back to Indonesia

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David Wroe, Jonathan Swan Australia has turned back at least one asylum-seeker boat to Indonesia, believed to be the first time the Abbott government has fulfilled its tough border protection pledge, in a move that has the...

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

Dr Bill Glasson.

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

Asylum boat diverted over self-harm threats (Thumbnail)

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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