David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Australia may send up to 400 additional troops to Iraq

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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Poll backs Ebola action by Australian health workers


Dan Harrison, David Wroe Seven out of 10 Australians support sending Australian health workers to West Africa to help tackle the deadly Ebola virus.

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Telcos relieved at limited scope and cost of data retention law

Australian are keen deal surfers.

Matthew Knott, James Massola, David Wroe Police will use new laws requiring customers' phone and internet records be stored for two years to target terrorists, child abusers and potentially illicit music and movie downloaders.

Trust me, I'll be the gatekeeper on journalist prosecutions, says George Brandis

Gatekeeper: Attorney-General George Brandis

David Wroe Attorney-General George Brandis has sought to quell free speech concerns about the government's national security reforms by giving himself the power to veto prosecutions of journalists who publish...

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Australian special forces unable to join fight against Islamic State until lraq issues visas

In limbo: Australian special forces are waiting for Iraqi visas before they can join the fight against Islamic State.

Peter Hartcher and David Wroe Australia's special forces are elite warriors with a fearsome reputation, but it seems they have met their match in Iraq – the Baghdad bureaucracy.

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New law on intelligence sharing assists targeting of Aussie jihadists

Julie Bishop addresses the National Press Club of Australia.

David Wroe Australia's foreign spies could more easily share intelligence with Defence under proposed new laws, potentially giving the military a greater ability to target Australian citizens fighting with...

Terror recruiters targeting Australian children

Stark warning to parents and communities: Neil Gaughan.

David Wroe Terrorism recruiters are increasingly looking to sway Australian youths as the supply of older would-be foreign fighters dries up, the federal police's counterterrorism chief has said.

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Federal Parliament's human rights committee blasts 'foreign fighters' laws

Armed al-Shabab fighters just outside Mogadishu in 2008.

David Wroe Parliament's human rights committee, chaired by a Liberal MP and half made up of Coalition members – has warned that the Abbott government's "foreign fighters" bill is likely to breach...

Labor's Left, Right quarrel over turning back boats

Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles (centre) in Parliament on Monday.

James Massola, David Wroe Senior Labor Right MPs have rounded on the party's Left faction, declaring the party must settle its asylum seeker policy before the next election and conceding turning back boats containing asylum...

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Australian commandos may join with Iranian Quds in fight against Islamic State

The government is deploying airforce personnel and special military advisers to the Middle East.

David Wroe Australian commandos could work alongside soldiers from the feared Iranian Quds forces in the battle against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Defence Minister David Johnston has said.

At least 70 Australians fighting with terror groups in Iraq and Syria: Julie Bishop

Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop on Monday.

David Wroe More Australians are continuing to join extremist groups such as the Islamic State either as fighters or supporters, the Abbott government has revealed as it prepares to pass new laws clamping down...

Richard Marles talks down adopting boat turn-backs strategy after Labor revolt

Turn-back: Shadow immigration spokesman Richard Marles.

David Wroe Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles has softened remarks he made on Sunday indicating the party could adopt the government's boat turn-backs policy after a wave of opposition MPs rejected...

George Brandis needs to explain terror law urgency, Labor says

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus is calling on the government to better explain the counerterrorism laws.

David Wroe The federal government needs to do more to explain to the Australian people why the sweeping new counterterrorism measures it wants to turn into law next week are necessary, Labor says.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks of Canada as 'family' after attacks

AFP Officer at Parliament house.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared Australians and Canadians to be "family" facing a common danger as federal Parliament stepped up security on Thursday in the wake of the attack in Ottawa.

Canadian parliament attack: the identical terror threat facing Canada and Australia

An armed AFP officer stands guard outside Parliament House.

David Wroe Canada and Australia have both featured prominently in the Islamic State’s online diatribes, in which the group urges its global followers to kill. But the similarities don’t end there.