David Wroe

David Wroe

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

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.

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.

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

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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 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.

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.

Julie Bishop extends Australian sanctions against Russia, Ukraine over conflict

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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...

More university protests expected after Sophie Mirabella's talk disrupted

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David Wroe, Benjamin Preiss Senior members of the government are bracing for more student protests after Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and former Coalition frontbencher Sophie Mirabella were harangued in recent days.

Security firm G4S warned Immigration of PNG police violence

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David Wroe and Michael Gordon Security company G4S warned the Immigration Department before the Manus Island riots that police in Papua New Guinea were dangerously unpredictable and could start shooting in an emergency.

Stopping asylum seeker boats will take years, Angus Campbell says

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

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Foreign affairs jobs cut, aid stripped

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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

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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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