David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Stopping asylum seeker boats will take years, Angus Campbell says

David Wroe Border protection chief Angus Campbell has warned that stopping asylum seeker boats entirely will take "years, not months, of collective regional effort".

Foreign affairs jobs cut, aid stripped


David Wroe, Michael Bachelard The depth of budget cuts to foreign affairs and overseas aid has been underscored by the slashing of 500 bureaucrats jobs and warnings that Australia will slump in international rankings of aid...

Region's poor shouldering $7.6b of aid cuts in budget: charity groups

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop is expected to release performance benchmarks for aid.

David Wroe Aid groups say the region’s poorest and most vulnerable people are shouldering a major share of the Abbott’s government’s slash-and-burn budget cuts.

Scott Morrison seen as a man with potential

Immigration minister Scott Morrison.

James Massola, David Wroe Liberal insiders have brushed aside suggestions that a post-budget reshuffle of the Abbott government's front bench is imminent.

Revealed: Manus Island security fears in run-up to fatal riot

Manus inquiry stymied (Thumbnail)

David Wroe Former Manus Island camp management firm G4S warned the Immigration Department nearly nine months before February's deadly riots that fencing and other security infrastructure was woefully inadequate.

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Air Force wants to buy deadly Reaper drones

An MQ-9 Reaper drone

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent The Chief of the Air Force says he would like Australia to buy armed Reaper drones - the kind used by the US to kill insurgents in Afghanistan and its neighbourhood - as soon as five years from now.

MH370: Countries vow to continue search

Transport Minister Warren Truss

David Wroe Australia and other countries involved in the search for missing flight MH370 remain confident they are hunting in the right area and are embarking on a global push for new search equipment.

Australian soldier shot a child in Afghanistan

Defence Force: Questions have been raised over rules of engagement after an Australian soldier accidentally shot a child during a mission in Afghanistan.

Rory Callinan and David Wroe An Australian soldier accidentally shot a child when he tried to fire at two unarmed men who had refused to stop moving during a mission in Afghanistan, a Defence Force report has stated.

Joint Strike Fighter commitment a boost for high-tech manufacturers

David Wroe Australia's commitment to buy more F-35s is a boost for a high-tech manufacturing sector hurt by car industry woes.

Running costs double JSF price tag to $24b


David Wroe The cost of running the 58 Joint Strike Fighters announced by the Abbott government will double the price tag for the cutting-edge planes to a towering $24 billion, it was revealed on Wednesday.

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Liberal MP Dennis Jensen attacks Joint Strike Fighter order as a 'dud' decision

Dr Dennis Jensen

Jonathan Swan, David Wroe, Mark Kenny Liberal MP Dennis Jensen has launched an extraordinary attack on the Abbott government's multibillion-dollar purchase of fighter jets, suggesting his colleagues lacked the competency and the courage...

Australia to buy 58 Joint Strike Fighters

Joint Strike Fighter

David Wroe and Mark Kenny Australia will make one of its biggest ever military purchases with a $12 billion order for 58 Joint Strike Fighters in a move that will lift the nation's air combat power to among the world's most...

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ASIS witness to appear in East Timor legal battle


David Wroe and Tom Allard A court in The Hague has ordered Australia to make available East Timor’s star witness – a former Australian spy – in a high-stakes legal battle between the two countries over...

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight: Bluefin-21 search for MH370 continues

The Bluefin 21

David Wroe The bluefin underwater done has passed the halfway mark on its search of just over 300 square kilometres at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

AMA gives cautious support to disability support crackdown

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David Wroe An Abbott government proposal to have disability support pensioners independently reviewed has won the cautious backing of the Australian Medical Association, which says it can be hard for doctors to...

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Royal Australian Navy captain stood aside over Indonesia breaches

Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs

David Wroe A Royal Australian Navy ship captain will be stripped of his command and another will receive a formal warning for his conduct over incursions into Indonesian waters during border protection...

Egyptian stuck in Villawood after false terror claim


Sarah Whyte and David Wroe An Egyptian man wrongly branded a convicted terrorist last year has had his asylum claim stalled in Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s office for at least two months.

Navy captain stood aside, another punished over Indonesia breaches


David Wroe A Royal Australian Navy captain will lose command of his ship and another will receive administrative punishment over the recent incursions into Indonesian waters during border protection operations.

Abbott Government defends drone strike that killed two Australian al-Qaeda militants

The federal government has defended the killing of two Australian militants in a drone strike in Yemen.

David Wroe The federal government has defended the killing of two Australian al-Qaeda militants in a US drone strike in Yemen late last year.

Australians linked to al-Qaeda killed by US drones in Yemen

A US Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle like the one used in the attack in Yemen.

David Wroe Two Australians described as "foot soldiers" for al-Qaeda have reportedly been killed in a US drone strike in Yemen in what are believed to be the first Australian deaths under Washington's...