David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Royal Australian Navy captain stood aside over Indonesia breaches

Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs

David Wroe A Royal Australian Navy ship captain will be stripped of his command and another will receive a formal warning for his conduct over incursions into Indonesian waters during border protection...

Egyptian stuck in Villawood after false terror claim


Sarah Whyte and David Wroe An Egyptian man wrongly branded a convicted terrorist last year has had his asylum claim stalled in Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s office for at least two months.

Navy captain stood aside, another punished over Indonesia breaches


David Wroe A Royal Australian Navy captain will lose command of his ship and another will receive administrative punishment over the recent incursions into Indonesian waters during border protection operations.

Abbott Government defends drone strike that killed two Australian al-Qaeda militants

The federal government has defended the killing of two Australian militants in a drone strike in Yemen.

David Wroe The federal government has defended the killing of two Australian al-Qaeda militants in a US drone strike in Yemen late last year.

Australians linked to al-Qaeda killed by US drones in Yemen

A US Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle like the one used in the attack in Yemen.

David Wroe Two Australians described as "foot soldiers" for al-Qaeda have reportedly been killed in a US drone strike in Yemen in what are believed to be the first Australian deaths under Washington's...

We should remember Western Front story: Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott.

David Wroe Australia's role in the victory on the Western Front should stand alongside the defeat at Gallipoli in the popular memory as the nation prepares to celebrate the Anzac Centenary, Prime Minister Tony...

Free trade agreement push to import Chinese workers criticised


David Wroe and Sarah Whyte The influential Migrational Council Australia has warned any moves by the government to give China special treatment under the 457 visa program as part of a free trade agreement could "undermine...

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Australia blasts Russia "provocation" in Ukraine

Australia's UN representative Gary Quinlan has accused Russia of causing destabilisation in Ukraine.

David Wroe Australia has accused Russia of attempting a creeping annexation of Ukraine, saying Moscow is extending the "playbook" it used to snatch Crimea into new territories.

The fine balance of lobbying for Peter Greste


David Wroe In public there are calls for the Abbott government to do more to help free Peter Greste. In private, a delicate diplomatic struggle is going on.

US navy commander warns of naval standoff over Chinese aggression

harry harris

David Wroe The top US Navy commander in the Pacific has launched a stinging attack on China's "aggressive" military growth, warning that Beijing's assertiveness is a "witches' brew" for a naval standoff.

Australia left without submarines for five months

Defence minister Senator David Johnston.

David Wroe Australia effectively had no working submarines for five months from late 2009 because of serious maintenance problems with the troubled Collins Class, Defence Minister David Johnston has revealed.

Sailors sacked over racist and anti-Muslim Facebook posts

David Wroe Up to six Navy sailors have been sacked or ordered to justify their jobs over racist and anti-Muslim Facebook posts.

HMAS Canberra Landing Helicopter Dock gets set to hit the ocean

Massive flight deck: HMAS Canberra has the capacity to carry 16 helicopters.

David Wroe She’s the biggest warship the Royal Australian Navy has ever had. And the HMAS Canberra Landing Helicopter Dock is nearly ready to put to sea.

Coalition casts doubt on plan to replace Collins Class submarines

New vision: Defence Minister David Johnston will outline the government’s new vision for submarines to replace the ageing Collins Class fleet.

David Wroe The Abbott government is considering scaling back Australia's long-held plans to build 12 new submarines - a reduction that would yield billions of dollars in savings to the budget.

Reza Barati murder: AFP turns down PNG plea for help to interview witnesses


David Wroe The Australian Federal Police has refused a request from Papua New Guinea for an officer to help interview witnesses to the killing of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island in February.

PNG request for police help on Manus Island denied

Australian Federal Police

David Wroe The Australian Federal Police refused a request from Papua New Guinea for an officer to help interview witnesses to the killing of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island.

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Sir Peter Cosgrove declares Australia a 'work in progress', as he's sworn in as the nation's 26th Governor-General


David Wroe Incoming Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove has declared Australia remains an ''imperfect ... work in progress'' as he flagged his intention to speak out judiciously on social issues while remaining...

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Tony Abbott says probe has moved into a recovery phase as Australia hands investigation back to Malaysia

Flying Officer Marc Smith turns his RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft at low level in bad weather.

David Wroe and Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared that the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has moved into a recovery and investigation operation based on mounting evidence the plane crashed...

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: PM Tony Abbott says satellite images could be wreckage of crashed plane

Flight MH370

Lisa Cox and David Wroe The 13-day search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 could be close to resolution after satellite images picked up what appears to be a 24-metre long bobbing object in waters off the Australian coast.

Australia's move to impose sanctions over Russian interference in Ukraine brushed off

David Wroe Russia has brushed off Australia's move to slap asset freezes and travel bans on key players in Moscow's interference in Ukraine, saying they won't have much effect and could, in fact, help an...