David Wroe

David Wroe

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

European countries say they are 'concerned' and 'surprised' at payment allegations

Sarah Whyte and David Wroe European countries in the midst of a spiralling asylum seeker crisis have been "surprised" and "concerned" at the allegation that the Australian government has paid people smugglers, a senior...

North Korea: the problem child of Asia refuses to learn

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency last week shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting artillery personnel.

David Wroe Tony Abbott remarked recently that Australia's policy towards China was driven by "fear and greed". Those instinctive drives are at least understandable.

Labor opts for silence as past people smuggling payment allegations surface

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

David Wroe and Sarah Whyte Cash payments have been made to members of Indonesian people smuggling rings by Australian intelligence officials for at least the past four years, including under the former Labor government,...

UNHCR says it would be "shocked" at payments to people smugglers

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Sarah Whyte and David Wroe The UNHCR say they would be "shocked" if payment allegations are true

Asylum boat turnbacks: Australia paid people smugglers under former Labor government

Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles.

David Wroe and Sarah Whyte Cash payments have been made to members of Indonesian people-smuggling rings by Australian intelligence officials for at least the past four years.

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Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla calls smuggler payments 'bribes'

Sources have confirmed that the HMAS Wollongong was the navy ship that intercepted the asylum seekers.

Jewel Topsfield, David Wroe and Sarah Whyte Indonesia's vice-president Jusuf Kalla has said that paying off people smugglers – the claim made against Australian officials – amounts to bribery, in an escalation of diplomatic...

Brandis vow to expose IS for what it is

Senator George Brandis speaking at Australia's Regional Summit to Counter Violent Extremism, vows to expose the poverty and despair that ISIL represents.

David Wroe Attorney-General George Brandis has vowed to "expose ISIL for what it is in the minds of the young" by using Muslim role models to tell a "journey of heroes".

Abbott's summit to prevent Muslim extremism was missing one ingredient - input from Muslims

Senator George Brandis speaks at Australia's Regional Summit to Counter Violent Extremism.

David Wroe The Abbott government's vaunted summit to counter violent extremism was supposed to find innovative new ways to blunt the messages of the Islamic State terror group.

Analysis: Was Tony Abbott's counter-terrorism summit worth it?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott discusses counter terrorism with Victoria Police and the AFP at Endeavour Hills Police Station in Melbourne.

David Wroe The Abbott government's vaunted summit to counter violent extremism was supposed to find innovative new ways to blunt the messages of the Islamic State terror group.

Abbott government set to introduce new restrictions on suspected terrorists

Recent police raids have resulted in 23 charges.

David Wroe The Abbott government will unveil yet more counter-terrorism legislation this year including a strengthening of "control orders" which can limit terror suspects movements and restrict their...

AFP assessing reformed Islamic radicals as potential counter-radicalisation poster-boys and girls

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin says using disillusioned ex-radicals is

David Wroe and Tom Allard The Australian Federal Police are actively assessing reformed Islamic radicals – including some turned back at airports wanting travel  to the Middle East – as potential...

Islamic State war: Tony Abbott hints at greater Australian military role in Iraq


David Wroe Tony Abbott has given his strongest indication yet that he is considering expanding Australia's role in Iraq, hinting at a further training role as well as airstrike spotters on the ground.

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Julie Bishop calls for more women involved in combatting extremism

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

David Wroe Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop says that women and families need to be more included in the nation's – and the Abbott government's – efforts to combat radicalisation of young...

Sydney hosts counter-terrorism summit but Indonesia opts not to send minister

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will open a major international summit to counter violent extremism this week.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott will on Thursday morning open a gathering that will focus on combating extremist propaganda and involve participants from about 25 countries.

Abbott government delays in admitting error over Monis letter

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis appeared before Senate Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 28 May 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

David Wroe The Abbott government has admitted it erred in claiming that a letter from Lindt Cafe gunman Man Haron Monis to Attorney General George Brandis was scrutinised by...

Monis letter never received by inquiry due to admin error: Julie Bishop

Man Haron Monis made extensive use of social media and emails in a bid to spread his opinions and beliefs.

David Wroe A letter written by Lindt Cafe gunman Man Haron Monis to Attorney General George Brandis was not provided to the siege inquiry as previously claimed, the Abbott government has admitted.

Australian Islamic State jihadist Neil Prakash added to UN sanctions list

Neil Prakash is regarded as Australia's most prominent IS recruiter.

David Wroe Australians who give money to the nation's most prominent member of the Islamic State terror group, Neil Prakash, will face up to 10 years' jail under new sanctions imposed by the Abbott government.

Senators reveal scant interest in terrorism

Peer groups are the greatest influence on what teenagers do and think, and social media can cement them into homogenous cells where no dissenting view on the world can break through.

David Wroe If terrorism is the greatest threat of our time as the government says, nobody seems to have told the Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee.

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Diggers need to join Iraq battlefield, defence experts say

Retired Australian Army Major General Jim Molan.

David Wroe, Nick Miller Some of the nation's most influential defence thinkers are pushing for Australia to become more deeply involved in Iraq by having troops enter the battlefield to prop up shaky local forces.

Australia should go 'beyond the wire' and join Iraqis on battlefield, says former army officer Jim Molan

Retired major-general Jim Molan says Australian forces need to get more involved on the ground in Iraq.

David Wroe Retired army general Jim Molan, who has significant sway within the Abbott government, has called for Australian and allied troops to deepen their involvement in Iraq by entering the battlefield to...