David Wroe

David Wroe

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

'People are scared': allegations of sexual assault in navy

David Wroe and Jessica Wright The Department of Defence has confirmed an investigation has been launched into potential allegations of rape carried out on young sailors, including the anal penetration of both males and females...

Defence to investigate hazing acts on navy vessel HMAS Ballarat

The HMAS Ballarat.

David Wroe A navy frigate used to intercept and rescue asylum-seeker vessels to Australia's north is at the centre of a military investigation into bizarre hazing rituals carried out on young sailors.

Navy to investigate hazing ritual claims

David Wroe Vice-Admiral praises sailor who reported alleged bastardisation on HMAS Ballarat.

Fresh government demands on foreign aid recipients 'could backfire'

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David Wroe The Abbott government will introduce "mutual obligation" for countries receiving Australian aid, in a move experts say could backfire and drive neighbours further into China's sphere of influence.

Labor dilemma on temporary protection visas for refugees

Melissa Parke

David Wroe Labor faces a bruising internal debate over whether to shadow the Abbott government closely on refugee policy or oppose the government's tough plan to restore temporary protection visas.

Indonesia steps up attack over spying

Marty Natalegawa

Michael Bachelard, Karuni Rompies and David Wroe Indonesia has intensified its reaction to revelations that Australia was systematically spying from its embassy in Jakarta, apparently threatening in response to stem intelligence about people...

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Spying payback: Indonesian hackers attack charity, hospital websites after embassy surveillance

David Wroe Victims of the spying spat between Indonesia and Australia include a Queensland hospital, a children's cancer association and an anti-slavery charity, whose websites were hit by Indonesian hackers.

Hospital, charities hacked in Indonesian spy case retaliation


David Wroe Victims of the spying spat between Indonesia and Australia include a major Queensland hospital and a children's cancer association.

Greens force Labor to decide on temporary protection visas

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 31 July 2013.

David Wroe The Greens will move to block the Abbott government's effort to reintroduce temporary protection visas for refugees, forcing Labor to pick a side as it rakes over the coals of its election loss.

Tanya Plibersek warns Tony Abbott against using conservative values to dictate foreign aid

Tanya Plibersek.

David Wroe Labor is warning Tony Abbott not to let his social conservatism dictate foreign aid by stripping funding from services that provide abortions and birth control in poor countries.

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Don't abandon nation: Afghan ambassador

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten laid wreaths during the Recognition Ceremony in Tarin Kowt.

David Wroe The Afghan ambassador to Australia has warned that the Taliban would be strengthened by mooted cuts to future foreign aid to his country as coalition forces begin to pull out after 12 years of war.

Insider attack 'over laptop'

Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan.

David Wroe A heated argument over a laptop computer was at the centre of the insider attack in which Australian soldiers were forced to shoot dead a rogue Afghan comrade near Kabul, it has emerged.

Abbott's 'rookie mistake' won't help relations with Obama: scholar

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David Wroe Tony Abbott's use of a Washington Post interview to brand his Labor predecessors as 'wacko' and 'embarrassing' could set back his working relationship with the Obama White House, a leading US...

Asylum seekers warned

David Wroe The Coalition has vowed that asylum seekers who take up people-smugglers' offers to sneak them into Australia in shipping containers will be sent straight to offshore processing.

Tony Abbott's ALP criticism could affect US links

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

David Wroe Tony Abbott's use of a Washington Post interview to brand his Labor predecessors as ''wacko'' and ''embarrassing'' could set back his working relationship with the Obama adminstration, a leading US...

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Digger forced to kill rogue Afghan soldier: NATO

Mark Binskin

David Wroe An ''insider attack'' in which an Australian was forced to shoot dead an Afghan soldier who had opened fire on coalition troops happened after an argument between international and Afghan forces,...

Barry O'Farrell to speak with Tony Abbott after army starts bushfire

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David Wroe NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell says he wants to discuss possible compensation for victims of the State Mine bushfire with Prime Minister Tony Abbott after Defence admitted starting the fire.

Big-bang theory behind army's starting of fire

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David Wroe Military demolition specialists who sparked Blue Mountains fire suspected of using too much explosive.

Defence apologises for starting massive State Mine fire

The vice chief of the defence force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin announces the finalisation of an inquiry officer report regarding an insider attack in Afghanistan august 2012 resulting in the death of three Australian soldiers 
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David Wroe The military demolition specialists who sparked a massive Blue Mountains fire during an exercise last week are suspected of having used too much explosive, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Confirmed: army exercise started blaze in Blue Mountains

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David Wroe, Sarah Whyte An army training exercise caused a massive fire in the Blue Mountains that ripped through more than 47,000 hectares of bushland last week, a Rural Fire Service investigation has found.