David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Defence abuse: Government to 'seriously' consider call for royal commission into abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy

David Wroe A landmark report into assault and abuse in the military has found that more than 1100 alleged abusers are still serving in the ranks.

Iraq strike kills 100 militants but progress is patchy

An RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet.

David Wroe Sharp intelligence spotting by an RAAF airman has led to a major coalition assault on a sophisticated Islamic State cave system in Iraq, killing an estimated 100 militants.

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Defence Minister doesn't trust Australian shipbuilder to make 'a canoe'

David Wroe Defence Minister David Johnston says he wouldn't trust the government's own shipbuilding firm to "build a canoe", seriously denting hopes the next fleet of submarines will be made locally.

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Tough new terror laws to ease intelligence sharing between overseas spies, ADF

Attorney-General George Brandis dismissed concerns that the increased intelligence sharing could allow the ADF to target Australian citizens for killing.

David Wroe Police will have greater powers to curb the movements of terrorism suspects without charge and overseas spies will more easily share intelligence with the military, under new national security...

Abbott's $7 Medicare co-payment is on hold amid Senate ructions

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David Wroe The government is chasing a pre-Christmas legislative victory, but that doesn't look to be co-payments.

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Australia to host Ukrainian leader, open embassy in Kiev

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

David Wroe Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit Australia next month and an interim Australian embassy is expected to open in Kiev in January.

Australian-made submarines substantially cheaper than government suggests

HMAS Collins, an Australian-built Collins-class submarine.

David Wroe Australia's government-owned shipbuilder says it could construct a new fleet of submarines in South Australia for less than $24 billion, making it competitive with rival overseas bidders.

Abbott finds his French Connection on emission controls

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe Tony Abbott wants to see strong and binding emissions reductions targets set at next year's major climate conference in Paris, following one-on-one talks with his French counterpart, President...

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Australia and India sign new security pact and commit to a future free trade agreement

Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott in Parliament House on Tuesday morning.

Mark Kenny, John Garnaut, and David Wroe Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed a dramatic deepening of Australia's defence, security, and economic relationship in a gesture clearly designed to offer a counter-balance to the China...

'Deeply linked destinies': Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for new era with Australia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Australian Parliament on Tuesday.

David Wroe Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a close partnership with Australia based on shared values to exploit the Indo-Pacific region's immense economic opportunities while tackling its...

Abbott, Cameron join forces to attack growing Russian threat

AUSTRALIA, Canberra : David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (L), and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (R) leave the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on November 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ MARK GRAHAM

Mark Kenny and David Wroe Tony Abbott and Britain's David Cameron have joined forces to attack growing Russian militarism and authoritarianism, with the Australian leader accusing the Kremlin of pursuing "the lost glories of...

What's the big deal about our fleet of warships: Russia

Russian ship

David Wroe Russia insists there is no aggression in its surprise move of sending warships close to Australia before the G20 meeting, saying it is simply keeping its navy fit and ready.

Russia sends warships towards Australia before G20 meeting

Vladimir Putin

David Wroe Russia has sent a fleet of warships towards Australia in an apparent display of muscle-flexing ahead of the G20 meeting amid tensions between the two countries over the MH17 crash.

Russia rejects Tony Abbott's call for apology and compensation for MH17

Vladimir Putin

David Wroe, Mark Kenny Russia has roundly rejected Tony Abbott's demand that the Kremlin apologise for the downing of flight MH17 and offer compensation to the victims' families.

Australia may send up to 400 additional troops to Iraq

Commitment: The additional troops are likely to number between 200 and 400.

David Wroe Up to 400 additional Australian troops could be sent to Iraq to train local forces but will remain "behind the wire" on bases where the chief danger would be insider attacks, Fairfax Media has been...

RAAF wife lashes government's 'insulting' pay offer

In harm's way: A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F air combat officer prepares for a combat mission in Iraq.

James Massola, David Wroe The wife of a serving RAAF member about to be deployed to Iraq has spoken out about the federal government's "insulting and non-consultative" pay offer, cuts to allowances, and how she was treated...

Metadata used to clear police suspects

The Abbott government is currently trying to introduce legislation which would require internet and telephone providers by law to store every single subscriber's metadata for a period of two years for access without a warrant by law-enforcement agencies.

David Wroe and Sarah Whyte Phone call "metadata" – currently the subject of a fierce political debate about privacy – was used to quickly clear Brisbane boy Daniel Morcombe's parents of suspicion in his...

Washington wants 100 Australians to run Ebola hospitals in West Africa

David Wroe and Dan Harrison The United States has asked Australia to build and staff three Ebola treatment facilities in West Africa.

New laws to stop web storage hackers


Matthew Knott, David Wroe The Abbott government will introduce new laws to stop internet companies storing customers' records on cheap overseas servers vulnerable to hacking.

Defence says Afghanistan 'less dangerous' so cuts Australian military's pay

Lower allowances: The cut to Australian troops' pay is likely to be controversial.

David Wroe Australian military personnel in Afghanistan are set to have their daily pay bonus cut because the war-torn country is considered "less dangerous" than in the past.

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