David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Get into China fast, top diplomat says ahead of free trade deal

David Wroe Australia must deepen investment and trade with China as quickly possible to avoid surrendering advantage to other countries also clamouring for a share of the booming Chinese market, the nation's...

Nugan Hand bank mystery: AFP to consider new information after Michael Hand found

A composite photo of the old and new Michael Hand.

David Wroe The Australian Federal Police say they will consider any new information in the case of Michael Hand, one of Australia's most wanted fugitives who has been found living in small-town America.

Number of Australian jihadists in Syria and Iraq drops for first time

Attorney-General George Brandis has sought to dispel  any suggestions that Malcolm Turnbull would be be as focused on terrorism as Tony Abbott.

David Wroe and Michaela Whitbourn The number of Australians fighting in Syria and Iraq has fallen for the first time since the rise of the Islamic State terror group as the flow of these "foreign fighters" fails to keep pace with the...

Russian plane likely felled by smuggled bomb in hold: intelligence

British Prime Minister David Cameron holds a news conference with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at 10 Downing Street.

David Wroe The likelihood that the Russian air disaster in Egypt was a terrorist attack continues to mount with well-briefed Australian officials now sharing the view the plane was felled by a smuggled bomb.

Move to enforce family violence intervention orders across Australia

Justice Minister Michael Keenan.

Jane Lee, David Wroe A plan to allow family violence survivors to be able to enforce intervention orders against abusers all around the country has been given support from the states and territories.

Australia, US alone on Syria air strikes after British change of heart

Justice Minister Michael Keenan.

David Wroe The Turnbull government has expressed veiled disappointment that Britain will not join Australia in expanding air strikes into Syria, leaving the RAAF and the US Air Force as the only contributors.

Defence chief Mark Binskin warns against privatising military housing

Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin.

David Wroe The Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin has taken the rare step of publicly cautioning the government against selling off the organisation that provides housing to military personnel.

South China Sea: Whose neighbourhood is it, anyway?

A Chinese development at Hughes Reef in the Union Banks, located in the northern Spratly Islands. China's land reclamation program is an effort to redraw the maritime map in the South China Sea.

David Wroe and Philip Wen The US has reportedly sailed a destroyer within a few kilometres of one of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea as a test to Beijing.

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Australia-China naval drills to go ahead despite maritime tensions

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer which was sent close to China's man-made islands on Tuesday.

David Wroe Australia and China will go ahead with planned joint naval drills despite Canberra's public support for US naval patrols in the South China Sea, which Beijing blasted as "dangerous and provocative".

Australia backs US naval challenge to China but will stay on the sidelines

Defence Minister Marise Payne.

David Wroe Australia has expressed support for the United States' naval patrol challenging China's dubious territorial claims over artificial islands in the South China Sea but stressed it had no part in the...

Australia jihadist wanted 'martyr's death' for his unborn son

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent An Australian jihadist killed in Syria in March wrote to his unborn son wishing for him to die a martyr for the holy war, a new al-Qaeda linked magazine claims.

Jihadists could launch major cyber attacks, says former ASIO boss David Irvine

Former ASIO head David Irvine has warned that while terrorist organisations have not yet exhibited sophisticated cyber attack capability,

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Former ASIO head David Irvine says jihadists will likely soon try to launch destructive online attacks, while rising tensions in Asia will also increasingly be fought out in cyberspace.

Joint Strike Fighter ejector seat could break lightweight pilot's neck

The F-35 Join Strike Fighter poses a risk to pilots who weigh less than 62 kilograms through a combination of the speed of the ejector seat system and the weight of the high-tech helmet.

David Wroe Defence has been forced to put a minimum weight restriction on pilots for the trouble-plagued Joint Strike Fighter after it emerged that lighter pilots were at risk of breaking their necks if they...

New Alien and Thor movies to be filmed in Australia

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield and Minister for Veterans' Affairs Stuart Robert mention Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth during a press conference at Parliament House.

David Wroe and Matthew Knott The new Alien and Thor movies will be filmed in Australia with the Turnbull government offering Hollywood studios $47 million in grants to lure the blockbusters, which are expected to create about...

Don't cut and run from Afghanistan, warns Defence chief Mark Binskin

Mark Binskin says Afghan forces are still weak in intelligence, logistics and air support.

David Wroe Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin has urged the world not to "cut and run" from its financial support for Afghanistan, which is vital to keeping the beleaguered country's military functioning...

Top Defence official Dennis Richardson warns of ethics risk in industry revolving door

Dennis Richardson:

David Wroe Australia's top Defence official has made the startling acknowledgement that the relationship between Defence and the arms industry is vulnerable to ethical breaches because of the steady flow of...

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Yes, terrorism in Australia is horrible. But we also need to talk about the threat of war with China

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David Wroe Australia must make a tough decision. Whatever path we take could change life as we know it.

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Malcolm Turnbull an ally on climate action, says French ambassador

French ambassador to Australia Christophe Lecourtier

David Wroe France's ambassador has praised Malcolm Turnbull's views on global warming as one of the "planets aligned" needed to get a good result out of crucial Paris climate talks next month.

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Don't write off the US, says Julie Bishop

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has praised the US for its ability to invent and innovate.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The US is embarking on perhaps its greatest ever wave of innovation that should keep it as the dominant global economic power, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said in a bullish response to fears of...

Australia likely to join US in keeping troops in Afghanistan

Australian troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan after the US announced it would extend its military presence in the country.

David Wroe Australia is expected to extend its military deployment in Afghanistan beyond the current planned withdrawal at the end of next year after the US announced it would keep thousands of troops in the...