David Wroe

David Wroe

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

South Australian MPs confident of local submarine build under a Turnbull government

David Wroe A greater share of a $50 billion submarine-building program will likely be done in Australia under a Malcolm Turnbull-led government in a major strategic and industrial shift, according to...

Foreign and security policy analysis: The world according to Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time on Tuesday.

David Wroe Malcolm Turnbull's approach to foreign and security policy will be marked by two distinct shifts.

Liberal leadership: South Australian MPs confident Turnbull will shift on local submarines

Education Minister Christopher Pyne on Thursday.

David Wroe A greater share of a $50 billion submarine-building program will likely be done in Australia under a Turnbull government in a major strategic and industrial shift, according to buoyant South...

Iranian ambassador warns against toppling brutal Syria regime

Iranian ambassador Abdolhossein Vahaji

David Wroe Iran's ambassador has warned Australia and its allies against trying to dislodge Syria's brutal dictator, Bashar al-Assad, saying the regime in Damascus is the only bulwark against the Islamic State...

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews admits clearer Middle East strategy needed

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews was moved into the portfolio in December but there are questions about his performance.

David Wroe Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has acknowledged the West needs "a clearer strategy" for the war-torn Middle East and indicated there is no immediate prospect of defeating the Islamic State group in...

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Russia rebukes Abbott government over air strikes in Syria

RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets return after completing a combat mission over Iraq.

David Wroe Russia's Ambassador to Australia has expressed sharp disapproval of Australia's plan to bomb the Islamic State in Syria, saying the US-led coalition should be working with the Moscow-backed Syrian...

Islamic State: Australian military commitment is open ended, says Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has insisted that Australia's military commitment to the fight against the Islamic State terror group is open-ended, saying he won't "put a particular timeline" on the...

Syria crisis: Tony Abbott frustrated by limitations in tackling Islamic State

Tony Abbott

David Wroe Nobody doubted Cabinet would give the go-ahead for expanding air strikes into Syria. What did come as a surprise was the extent to which Tony Abbott left the door wide open on further commitments.

Australia to extend bombing raids against Islamic State deep into Syria

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop announce Australian forces will begin targeting Islamic State in Syria.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned Australian jihadists in Syria that they "may well feel the force of our arms" as he approved RAAF bombing raids deep into the Islamic State group's heartland.

Islamic State: Tony Abbott refuses to rule out combat forces as Syria air strikes announced

Two RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets return after completing a combat mission over Iraq.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declined to rule out putting Australian "boots on the ground" – meaning combat forces – in the fight against Islamic State as he announced an expansion of...

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Syria bombing: Clear tactical logic to extending Australian air strikes

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David Wroe Extending RAAF strikes to Syria is not part of a grand strategy for Syria. Rather, insiders say, that the strategy is still firmly about Iraq.

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Australia looks set to start bombing Syria as Libs warn against too much refugee compassion

Two RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets return after completing a combat mission over Iraq. Bombing raids in Syria are unlikely to happen immediately.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe The Abbott government was expected to approve Australian bombing runs against Islamic State targets and supply lines in Syria on Tuesday night, while the question of how many refugees could...

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Uranium industry to double under export deal with India: inquiry

A cross-party committee has called for additional safeguards to be built into the uranium export agreement between Australia and India.

David Wroe Australia's uranium mining industry will double in size, creating up to 4000 jobs, if the federal government goes ahead with a planned export deal with India, a parliamentary inquiry has found.

Syria plan is 'madness' and won't work: former Bush adviser

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

David Wroe The US and Australia's policy of fighting the Islamic State terror group without having a plan to dislodge Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is "madness", a former senior adviser to President George W.

Absurdly broad citizenship laws will rightly have the rough edges knocked off

Immigration Department secretary Michael Pezzullo.

David Wroe Friday's parliamentary report on planned citizenship laws is carefully crafted to ensure the laws are more carefully aimed at the right people: foreign fighters and actual convicted terrorists back...

Laws to strip citizenship from terrorists set to pass, but with significant changes

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will consider the amendments.

David Wroe Laws to strip dual national terrorists of their Australian citizenship are likely to be passed by Parliament within a fortnight after a bipartisan committee of MPs backed the legislation while urging...

Powerful committee of MPs backs stripping citizenship, but calls for changes

Australian citizenship could be stripped for dual citizens under the proposals.

David Wroe Laws to strip dual national terrorists of their Australian citizenship are a big step closer with a bipartisan committee of MPs calling for the bill to be passed, though with significant changes.

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Australia flags naval drills with US, India and Japan in signal to China

A Chinese missile frigate takes part in  exercises conducted by the Singaporean and Chinese navies in the South China Sea earlier this year.

David Wroe, John Garnaut Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has flagged the revival of controversial four-way naval drills with the United States, India and Japan in a clear signal Australia is pushing back against growing...

Half of Chinese and Japanese citizens take dim view of each other: Pew poll

David Wroe The rising tensions between major powers in Asia that have security experts deeply worried have been highlighted by a major poll that finds half of Japanese and Chinese citizens have "very...

Islamic State fight: Philip Ruddock blasts lack of US, European leadership on Syria

Liberal Party elder Philip Ruddock.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Liberal Party elder statesman Philip Ruddock has gone further than any Coalition figure in blasting the "absent" leadership of the United States and Europe on the bloody turmoil in Syria.