David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Liberal colleagues Cory Bernardi and Dennis Jensen criticise Malcolm Turnbull over gay marriage comments

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull listens to the Opposition response after he delivered a ministerial statement on the strategic review of the NBN at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 12 December 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Jonathan Swan and David Wroe Anger is rising within the Abbott government over Malcolm Turnbull's advocacy for gay marriage, with the Communications Minister publicly criticised by two backbench colleagues.

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Malcolm Turnbull: Australia out of step on gay marriage

Malcolm Turnbull

David Wroe Senior Liberal has increased pressure on his own colleagues to back gay marriage.

Abbott urges indonesia to move on from spying allegations and resume co-operation on people-smuggling

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has bluntly urged an ''unhelpful'' Indonesian government to move on from the spying row and resume co-operation on people-smuggling, admitting for the first time that the...

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Spying stand-off between Australia and Indonesia could hit border security operations

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

David Wroe Counter-terrorism and border security sources say the stand-off over spying could have a serious effect on operations if the row is not resolved and Indonesia stands firm on its threat to downgrade...

Spying row with Indonesia may weaken Australia's defence

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David Wroe Counter-terrorism and border security sources say the standoff over spying could have a serious impact on operations if the row isn't resolved and Indonesia stands firm on its threat to downgrade...

Uncertainty over Indonesia row's impact on counter terrorism

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David Wroe Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus says about 30 Australian officers are continuing their work in Indonesia for now but has refused to be drawn on whether they might be affected by the spying row.

Abbott's stand on Indonesia backed by top diplomat

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gestures during a press conference at Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Indonesia recalled its ambassador from Australia on Monday and ordered a review of bilateral cooperation following reports that Australian spies attempted to listen to his cellphone in 2009. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

David Wroe One of Australia's most seasoned diplomats, who also conducted a 2004 review into the intelligence services, has strongly backed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's firm stance in the face of Indonesian...

Indonesia halts all military co-operation

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gestures during a press conference at Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Indonesia recalled its ambassador from Australia on Monday and ordered a review of bilateral cooperation following reports that Australian spies attempted to listen to his cellphone in 2009. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Michael Bachelard, Mark Kenny, David Wroe Australia's asylum-seeker measures in Indonesia have been thrown into disarray with Jakarta pulling the plug on all military co-operation in retaliation for the Abbott government's refusal to explain...

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Indonesia retaliates on spying

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Michael Bachelard, Mark Kenny, David Wroe Australia's asylum-seeker measures in Indonesia have been thrown into disarray after Jakarta pulled the plug on all military cooperation in retaliation for the Abbott government's refusal to explain...

Asylum seekers rescued after patrol boat towing accident

Asylum seekers

David Wroe An Australian Customs patrol boat had to rescue about 40 asylum seekers at the weekend after accidentally ripping the bow of their boat away and causing it to start sinking.

40 asylum seekers rescued after patrol boat damages fishing vessel under tow

Australian Customs and Dept of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) process another boatload of asylum seekers after their arrival at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island.
2nd April 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

David Wroe An Australian Customs patrol boat had to rescue about 40 asylum seekers at the weekend after accidentally ripping the bow of the boat away and causing it to start sinking, Fairfax Media has learnt.

No boats bought under Indonesian buy-back policy, says Angus Campbell

Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell

David Wroe The head of the government's border protection regime has admitted Australia has not bought a single boat under the Coalition's controversial Indonesian boat buy-back policy.

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Tony Abbott refuses to apologise for Indonesian spying program

Tony Abbott.

Michael Bachelard, Mark Kenny, David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to apologise for the Rudd government spying on the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, despite an escalating feud with Jakarta.

Bow ripped off asylum boat as Customs attempted to tow it

Australian Customs and Dept of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) process another boatload of asylum seekers after their arrival at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island.
2nd April 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

David Wroe An Australian Customs patrol boat had to rescue about 40 asylum-seekers at the weekend after accidentally ripping the bow of the boat away and causing it to start sinking.

Spying scandal: SBY takes to Twitter to hit out at Tony Abbott

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono listens to the welcoming speech by Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at the 23rd ASEAN Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan October 9, 2013. REUTERS/Ahim Rani (BRUNEI - Tags: POLITICS)

David Wroe, Michael Bachelard and James Robertson Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono takes his displeasure with the Australian government to a wider audience - re-tweeting in English earlier comments he had made in Indonesian.

No restrictions on patrol boats gifted to Sri Lanka

Australian patrol boats.

David Wroe, Ben Doherty Australia's agreement with Sri Lanka for the handover of two patrol boats for border protection puts no restrictions on how they are used or limits on the weapons that can be fitted, Fairfax Media...

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Indonesia recalls ambassador to Australia over phone tapping

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Michael Bachelard, David Wroe Indonesia has recalled its ambassador to Australia amid fury in Jakarta over revelations that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of the Indonesian President and his wife.

Indonesia recalls ambassador to Australia over spying claim

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Michael Bachelard, David Wroe Indonesia has recalled its ambassador to Australia amid fury in Jakarta over revelations that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of the Indonesian President and his wife.

Indonesia recalls its ambassador

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

David Wroe, Michael Bachelard Indonesia has recalled its ambassador to Australia amid fury in Jakarta over revelations that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of the Indonesian President and his wife.

Minister takes general out of the political fray

Operation Sovereign Borders Commander, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell

David Wroe, Deborah Snow Defence brass were concerned the military could appear politicised through Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell's appearances at the heated weekly border protection briefings held by the government, it...