David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Australian pilots begin missions over Syria, flying American Reaper drones

David Wroe RAAF pilots have begun flying deadly American Reaper drones over Syria, taking for the first time Australia's involvement in the fight against the so-called Islamic State from Iraq into the more...

Australia in talks to expand bombing raids against Islamic State into Syria

Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australia has discussed with its allies expanding RAAF bombing raids against the Islamic State from Iraq into Syria and hinted he favours doing so, saying...

Women victims of military academy abuse urged to come forward

The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce's report - to be released on Wednesday - will call for a royal commission into Defence abuse, particularly at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

David Wroe The taskforce dealing with abuse in the military has issued a final plea for women who were assaulted at the Australian Defence Force Academy to come forward amid concerns there is still a pool of...

Australia should consider hosting bases with US forces, says defence analyst Ross Babbage

The joint US-Australian base at Pine Gap near Alice Springs.

David Wroe  Australia should consider hosting joint bases with US forces, as well as new space and communications facilities similar to Pine Gap, in response to the rise of China, a leading defence scholar...

Public servants will decide on loss of citizenship, inquiry hears

Department of Immigration and Border Protection head Michael Pezzullo.

David Wroe Decisions taken in secret by public servants would form the basis for the effective loss of dual-nationals' Australian citizenship on terrorism grounds, a high-powered parliamentary inquiry has heard.

MH17: Julie Bishop on how the UN resolution backing access to the crash site was secured

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David Wroe Within four days of the disaster, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, thrown together with her Dutch counterpart Frans Timmermans, had a UN resolution backing access to the crash site.

Australia needs ambition to build world-class submarines, SA leader says

A RAN Collins class submarine.

David Wroe Australia should have the ambition to keep a submarine industry that can make the "most sophisticated equipment on the face of the planet", South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill has said.

Defence medical records sent to China in security breach

Australian Defence Force

David Wroe Eye test records and personal contact details of hundreds of military personnel including soldiers posted overseas were sent to China in a significant data security breach, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Don't overestimate Islamic State threat: Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The threat posed by the Islamic State terror group should not be overstated and critics of new national security measures should not be denounced, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said.

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Former PM John Howard defends top bureaucrat Michael Thawley over China remarks

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David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Former prime minister John Howard has moved to defuse the controversy over top bureaucrat Michael Thawley's dismissal of China's global leadership qualities, saying the official has played a key role...

Most Australians happy with government watching social media to stop terror: poll

Cyber surveillance.

David Wroe Four out of five Australians say they are "comfortable" with government agencies monitoring social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to detect possible terrorist attacks, a survey has found.

China not fit for global leadership, says top Canberra official Michael Thawley

Michael Thawley

John Garnaut and David Wroe Australia's top public servant has dismissed any prospect of China leading the world, saying the economic giant is neither willing nor able to solve global problems.

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Q&A host Tony Jones and producers were unaware of Zaky Mallah's offensive tweet

#ICantAppearOnQandA became the top trending topic on Twitter on Monday afternoon.

David Wroe The ABC program Q&A did not know that controversial audience member Zaky Mallah had tweeted misogynistic messages about 'gangbanging' two female journalists, host Tony Jones has said.

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US asked Indonesia to send troops to fight Islamic State, says former Jakarta foreign minister

Islamic State

David Wroe Indonesia was asked by the United States to send troops to join the fight against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq but declined because it feared a backlash among radical Muslims at home, the...

Australian jihad Gen Ys under microscope

A still from the YouTube propaganda video

David Wroe The average Australian jihadist is 25 years old, likely to be Australian-born and better-educated than the previous generation of extremists of the 1990s and post-September 11 period, a top...

Australian hate preacher features in al-Qaeda full-length history documentary

A scene from the propaganda video

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Australia's most senior jihadist in the Middle East has appeared in a sophisticated documentary by al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot that tries to recruit new foreign fighters by creating a historic sense...

Terrorist Khaled Sharrouf likely still alive

It is now thought Khaled Sharrouf survived a drone attack in Iraq.

David Wroe Notorious terrorist Khaled Sharrouf most likely escaped the drone strike that killed his friend Mohamed Elomar it has emerged.

Senior Labor figure Fitzgibbon supports turning back boats

Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon believes turnbacks will be part of future Labour policy.

David Wroe Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon has become the party's first senior figure to clearly state support for turning back asylum-seeker boats, angering some of his left-wing colleagues.

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'You've lost the plot, Barrie': Malcolm Turnbull defends government attack on ABC

Malcolm Turnbull, right, defended the Prime Minister's earlier attack on the ABC.

Lisa Cox and David Wroe Malcolm Turnbull has compared the ABC to an "undergraduate playing at tabloid journalism" after a former terror suspect was allowed into the Q&A audience.

Boat turn-back payment to people smugglers the first of its kind

Cash and people smuggler allegations.

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe and Jewel Topsfield The recent payment to people smugglers to turn a boat back to Indonesia was the first time that such a payment has been made specifically for a turn-back, Fairfax Media has learnt.