David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Fatal violence occurred after G4S guards went in, PNG report finds

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte The violent clashes on Manus Island that left an Iranian asylum seeker dead happened after local G4S staff descended on protesting asylum-seekers, a preliminary police report has found.

Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs set to axe 900 staff unless naval jobs appear on the horizon

Lindsay Stratton

David Wroe Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs has warned it will have to lay off 900 workers by the middle of next year unless the government sets out a timetable for future naval projects to bridge the so-called...

Manus Island violence: Fatal violence occurred after G4S guards went in, PNG report finds

Manus island riots

David Wroe and Sarah Whyte The violent clashes on Manus Island that left an Iranian asylum-seeker dead happened after local G4S descended on protesting asylum-seekers, a preliminary police briefing has indicated.

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Asylum seeker death: PNG deflects enquiries to Australian government

Reza Berati.

David Wroe Papua New Guinea is deferring to the Australian government on statements about the investigation into the death of asylum-seeker Reza Barati even though the probe is being carried by PNG police under...

General David Hurley defends Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell after Labor accusations of 'political cover-up'

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David Wroe Defence Force chief General David Hurley has hit back at Labor defence spokesman Stephen Conroy over his attack on the integrity of the Abbott government's military border protection chief.

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Riot flared as Manus Island refugees realised 'lies were told'

Martin Bowles.

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon Deadly clashes on Manus Island last week flared after asylum seekers realised the Australian government was 'lying to them' about plans to resettle them in PNG, migration agent says.

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Deadly clash on Manus Island said to have begun after asylum seekers were told about 'lies'

Immgration and Border Protection Departmental Secretary Martin Bowles.

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte, Michael Gordon The deadly clashes on Manus Island last week flared after asylum seekers realised the Australian government was ''lying to them'' about plans to resettle them in Papua New Guinea, a migration agent...

Autopsy still not performed eight days after asylum seeker Reza Barati killed

Reza Berati.

David Wroe A post-mortem on the body of the 23-year-old Iranian asylum-seeker killed during violent clashes on Manus Island still has not been carried out eight days after the man died, a Senate estimates...

Abbott government spends $2.5m on lifeboats to return asylum seekers to Indonesia

An empty Australian lifeboat that carried asylum seekers docked at Pangandaran wharf in western Java island.

David Wroe The Abbott government has spent $2.5 million on lifeboats to send asylum seekers intercepted at sea back to Indonesia.

PNG staff to keep security jobs at Manus Island detention centre

Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe and Ben Butler The new operator of Manus Island detention centre will continue to use local security staff even though they are implicated in last week's deadly clashes with asylum seekers.

Manus Island guards on job despite suspect behaviour

An asylum seeker behind the wire of the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea.

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe, Ben Butler The new operators of Manus Island detention centre will continue to use local security staff even though they are implicated in last week's deadly clashes with asylum-seekers.

Diplomats concerned Australia is undermining Sri Lanka inquiry call

Bianca Hall, David Wroe Diplomats preparing for the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva next month have expressed concern Australia is working to ''actively undermine'' a push for an international inquiry...

Tony Abbott stands by Scott Morrison: 'You don't want a wimp running border protection'

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

David Wroe, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott has defended his Immigration Minister Scott Morrison against calls for the minister to be sacked, saying the Australian people would not want a 'wimp' defending their borders.

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Manus Island MP Ron Knight says detention centre unrest was avoidable

Manus island refugees.

David Wroe Rory Callinan Manus Island MP Ron Knight says last Monday's violence could have been avoided if detention centre managers had not refused entry to Mr Knight's staff a few hours before the tinderbox ignited.

Diplomats fear Australia will wreck UN probe into Sri Lankan war crimes

United Nations flag

Bianca Hall and David Wroe Diplomats preparing for the UN Human Rights Council next month have expressed concern Australia is working to ''actively undermine'' a push for an international inquiry into human rights abuses in...

Dead wrong on Manus

Scott Morrison

David Wroe, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott has defended Immigration Minister Scott Morrison against calls for him to be sacked, saying the Australian people would not want a ''wimp'' defending their borders.

Manus Island police chief slams Tony Abbott

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David Wroe, Sarah Whyte and Philip Wen Manus Island's police chief has blasted the Abbott government's running of the immigration detention camp on the island, suggesting the recent fatal violence could have been avoided.

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Mistakes by sailors blamed for breach of Indonesian water

CHRISTMAS ISLAND - JUNE 22: A Royal Australian Navy Ship

David Wroe, Judith Ireland Senior navy officers and customs officials face possible disciplinary action over six incursions into Indonesian waters while turning back asylum-seeker boats under the government's border protection...

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Afghanistan still not safe for asylum seekers, says country's defence minister

Afghan Defence Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi

David Wroe Afghanistan is still at war and it is not safe for asylum seekers to return, says the country's Defence Minister.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce presents Victoria Cross to family of late Corporal Cameron Baird

Doug Baird, father of the late Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG, holds the Victoria Cross presented to him on behalf of his son.

David Wroe Corporal Cameron Baird became the 100th Australian to receive the Victoria Cross when Governor General Quentin Bryce presented the decoration to the Baird family at Government House in Canberra.