David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Tony Abbott's speech may increase Muslim feelings of alienation

David Wroe There were three key issues raised in Tony Abbott's heralded national security speech on Monday. All of them are problematic.

Australia to play key role as Iran broker with Julie Bishop to visit Tehran

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop will visit Tehran in April.

Mark Kenny, David Wroe Julie Bishop is to become the first senior Australian government figure to visit Iran in more than a decade and only the second senior Western leader over that same period, when she travels to Tehran...

ASIO cases soar as Abbott announces terrorism czar

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will on Monday announce the creation of new strategies for counter-terrorism, combating violent extremism and building community cohesion.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The number of high-priority ASIO terrorism investigations has doubled to 400 in the past year in what Tony Abbott will today warn is a "long-term era" of heightened national security threat.

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Australia to send further troops to train Iraqis

Additional Australian troops are to be sent to Iraq by the middle of 2015.

David Wroe Australia is to send additional troops to Iraq – numbering in the low hundreds – for a longer-term training role that will see Diggers in the country until at least the end of the year.

At least 500 jobs to come from submarine project but no guarantee of local construction

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said maximising Australian content will be a factor – although not the most critical – in the bids to build the submarine.

David Wroe and Richard Willingham The Abbott government has vowed at least 500 new jobs in Australia will be created under a $50 billion submarine program in which local industry can partner with shipbuilders from Japan, Germany or...

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Growing number of 'cleanskin' jihadis, top cop says

David Wroe Australia's top counter-terrorism police officer has expressed concern that a rising number of "cleanskin" jihadis who have radicalised rapidly below the radar of police are slipping overseas to...

Defence bureaucrats stung by meagre pay offer

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David Wroe The Abbott government is risking a brawl with defence bureaucrats who've been offered a meagre 3.16 percent pay rise over three years, carefully undercutting the 4.

Australian shipbuilder ASC still in the dark over submarine 'competitive process'

Stuart Whiley, interim CEO of ASC.

David Wroe Adelaide-based shipbuilder ASC still has not been told by the Abbott government whether it will be able to bid for work on Australia's new submarine fleet.

Abbott government's metadata plan tipped to cost $300m

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says not storing electronic communication records would lead to an

Matthew Knott, David Wroe The Abbott government's controversial data retention scheme will cost an estimated $300 million to set up, with telecommunications consumers expected to foot almost half the total cost through higher...

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NATO hopes Australia will stay in Afghanistan after 2016

NATO military committee chairman General Knud Bartels.

David Wroe The military head of NATO has confirmed the alliance hopes Australia will remain in Afghanistan - including militarily - beyond the current withdrawal date of the end of 2016.

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Keeping data vital to fighting child pornography: Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott

David Wroe Tony Abbott is stepping up the government's push for laws compelling phone and internet firms to keep customer metadata, calling such data 'absolutely critical' to fighting child pornography online.

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No defence need to build submarines in Australia, says chief Mark Binskin

COllins class submarine

David Wroe There is no national security need to build the next fleet of submarines in Australia, Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin has said, putting a dent in the case for a local build.

Terrorists to lose citizenship

Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis.

David Wroe A high-level inquiry into the Martin Place siege is expected to back consideration of stripping dual nationals of their Australian citizenship if there is strong evidence they are involved in...

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'Hundreds' of Islamic State fighters killed in Australian air strikes: David Johnston

Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston.

David Wroe Australian air strikes have killed "hundreds" of Islamic State fighters in a campaign that has stripped the militant group of many of its most experienced fighters, Australia's commander in the Iraq...

Tony Abbott fires up over Russian subs but faces ongoing pressure

Prime Minister Tony Abbott fires up during question time on Wednesday.

David Wroe Tony Abbott has gone on the front foot over submarines to launch a remarkable attack on Labor, saying they would let the Russians or North Koreans build Australia's next fleet.

Confusion reigns over Abbott's submarine choice

Australia's HMAS Collins.

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent The competition rules the Abbott government is using to choose a new submarine were the subject of an auditor's probe – demanded by the Coalition itself – when they were used by Labor to...

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SA Libs swayed by Abbott call on submarines tender

The Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Dechaineux and HMAS Waller on exercise.

David Wroe Defence Correspondent At least two Liberals appear to have been swayed by the Prime Minister's public commitment to throw open the $25 billion purchase of new submarines to a competitive tender.

Crossbenchers say it's the policies, not the leader

Senator Nick Xenophon: Policies are the issue.

David Wroe Key crossbench senators whose votes the government needs to pass legislation insist it makes little difference to them who is leading the Liberal Party if its policies do not dramatically change.

South Australia calls royal commission on nuclear power

David Wroe The South Australian government has called the nation's first ever Royal Commission into nuclear fuel, raising the prospect of generating nuclear power in Australia and enriching uranium for export.

The case for Australian troops staying on in Afghanistan

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visits the Troops at KAIA-N base in Afghanistan. Bishop is on the RAAF flight to Kabul.

David Wroe Many experts are arguing we should rethink our departure from Afghanistan.