David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Manus murder suspect a hero: Salvation Army

Manus Island detention centre.

Sarah Whyte David Wroe The Salvation Army has described a staff member accused of murdering asylum seeker Reza Barati as a hero, saying he was attempting to help those injured in the Manus Island violence.

Australia to embrace Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's announcement of stronger security role in Asia

Shinzo Abe

David Wroe Australia is set to embrace an announcement from Japan that it means to take a more muscular security role in Asia - a move that is likely to put further strain on Tokyo's already brittle relations...

Rise of China may mean Australia must boost spending on defence

China

David Wroe Australia might have to boost its defence spending by tens of billions in coming years to counter new threats prompted by China's growing assertiveness, influential defence analyst says.

Reza Barati investigation: Scott Morrison hits back at PNG police allegations of Manus Island 'cover-up'

Immigration minister Scott Morrison

David Wroe Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has brushed aside claims by Papua New Guinean police that Australia has hampered the investigation into fatal riots on Manus Island and may even have perpetrated a...

China tack may require extra defence billions: analyst

China

David Wroe Australia might have to boost its defence spending by tens of billions to counter new threats prompted by China's growing assertiveness, an influential defence analyst says.

Rapid growth in defence budget risks 'wasteful shopping expedition': think tank

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David Wroe The Abbott government's plan to pump billions of dollars into defence risks encouraging the military to go on "a shopping expedition" for equipment and personnel that aren't really needed, a top...

PNG police deny shooting, accuse Australia of 'major cover-up' over Manus riots

Supplied pix. Manus Island scenes of where Asylum seekers are detained, Stills from video of the day before the riot .  Michael Gordon story Age news 21/4/2014

David Wroe Papua New Guinean police have suggested Australia is carrying out "a major cover-up" over the Manus Island riots and have denied any of their officers were involved in the violence.

Manus Island asylum seekers ambushed by machete-wielding locals

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe Asylum seekers on one of their first excursions out of the Manus Island detention centre since February's violence had an altercation with locals, who refugee advocates say brandished machetes.

Manus locals ambush refugees

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe Asylum seekers on one of their first excursions out of Manus Island detention centre since the February violence had an altercation with locals, who, refugee advocates say, brandished machetes.

Australia expected to follow US timetable and withdraw from Afghanistan by end of 2016

US President Barack Obama

David Wroe Australian troops are expected to pull out of Afghanistan entirely by the end of 2016 in line with the United States which has announced its own planned withdrawal to this timetable.

Video shows tense meeting before Manus Island riot

Supplied pix. Manus Island scenes of where Asylum seekers are detained, Stills from video of the day before the riot .  Michael Gordon story Age news 21/4/2014

David Wroe, Michael Gordon Asylum seekers already angry about the uncertainty they faced were repeatedly told they would remain in Manus Island's overcrowded detention centre indefinitely at an incendiary pre-riot meeting,...

Manus Island tensions reached flashpoint at pre-riot meeting

A still from video footage of a meeting on Manus Island that descended into combative chaos between asylum seekers and security officials.

David Wroe and Michael Gordon Asylum seekers, already angry about the uncertainty they faced, were repeatedly told they would remain in Manus Island's overcrowded detention centre indefinitely at an incendiary pre-riot meeting,...

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Australian Manus investigation has hindered police's efforts to catch killer, says PNG source

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David Wroe The Papua New Guinean police are set to launch a broadside at Australia by suggesting that Monday's independent report has interfered with the local police investigation.

Regret but hardline stays, Scott Morrison warns

Immigration minister Scott Morrison

Sarah Whyte and David Wroe Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to maintain his hardline approach on asylum seekers despite admitting ''great regret'' that urgent security upgrades were not made to Manus Island...

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Scott Morrison admits 'regret' for security failures on Manus

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says it is his "great regret" that security infrastructure had not been upgraded on Manus Island before February's violence that killed an asylum seeker.

Miles Armitage: Africa's jihadist groups the new threat, says Australia's counter-terrorism ambassador

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David Wroe Australia's new counterterrorism ambassador has singled out the growth of jihadist groups in Africa as a key concern in the post-Bin Laden era, as global terrorism continues to evolve and morph.

Miles Armitage: Africa new axis of global terrorism

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

David Wroe Australia's new counter-terrorism ambassador has singled out the growth of jihadist groups in Africa as a key concern in the post-bin Laden era of global terror.

Julie Bishop extends Australian sanctions against Russia, Ukraine over conflict

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speaks during a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London on March 11, 2014. The Australian defence and foreign ministers were in London for the 6th Australia-UK Ministerial meeting (AUKMIN) on foreign, defence and security policy.  Earlier in the day on March 11 the visitors joined their British counterparts in a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial to commemorate the service of Australian troops during Word War I.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / BEN STANSALL

David Wroe Australia has piled fresh sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin's close circle of friends and allies over Moscow's continuing interference in neighbouring Ukraine.

'Troubled' Julie Bishop warns PNG of change to come

Julie Bishop

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has delivered a stinging assessment of PNG's progress on key development goals such as maternal health and infant mortality despite decades of Australian aid.

Bishop 'troubled' by PNG's lack of progress despite aid

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has delivered a stinging assessment of Papua New Guinea's progress on key development goals such as maternal health and infant mortality despite decades of Australian...