David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Australia has 'stepped up' in fight against Islamic State - European nations must, too: US

David Wroe The senior spokesman for US-led operations in Iraq and Syria has emphatically backed Malcolm Turnbull's call for Europe to "step up" in the fight against the Islamic State terror group and said...

Pain and progress: how Australian forces are doing things differently in Iraq

Australian soldier Kurt Heron is part of the Force Protection Force from 8/9 RAR Task Group in Taji, Iraq.

David Wroe The Australian and Kiwi military trainers working in Iraq have found they need to do things differently there.

Malcolm Turnbull makes surprise visit to Iraq, calling for Europe to 'step up'

Malcolm Turnbull has made a surprise visit to troops in Iraq.

David Wroe Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on European countries to "step up" with stronger help to defeat the so-called Islamic State during a brief, unannounced visit to Australian troops in Iraq.

Leaked public servant photo: Labor claims possible criminality in Jamie Briggs affair

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he does not want to hold an inquiry into the leak.

David Wroe and Latika Bourke Labor says the leaking of a photo of the woman at the centre of the Jamie Briggs affair may have constituted a crime and is threatening to refer it to police unless the Turnbull government...

North Korea nuclear test: Kevin Rudd blasts 'lost opportunity' to tackle rogue state

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un  has claimed that North Koreans have developed the capability to test a hydrogen bomb.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Former prime minister and United Nations leadership aspirant Kevin Rudd levels veiled swipe at Beijing and Washington.

Nationals MP admits planning 'inappropriate' $1000-a-head-fundraiser on Navy warship


David Wroe Senior Defence figures were furious when they found out about the plan.

North Korea nuclear bomb test a threat to peace and security: Julie Bishop

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gestures as he watches a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea.

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has savaged North Korea's latest test and is demanding action.

Jamie Briggs may fight on in Parliament despite new Malcolm Turnbull reprimand

Jamie Briggs may fight for his South Australian seat of Mayo.

David Wroe Multiple South Australian Liberal sources have said that despite speculation Jamie Briggs will quit politics, there are firm indications he wants to fight the next election.

Malcolm Turnbull smacks down leakers, media over Jamie Briggs scandal

Jamie Briggs has resigned from the Turnbull government.

David Wroe Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has delivered a stinging slap-down to Coalition MPs who leaked against the female diplomat caught up in the Jamie Briggs affair.

'Deluded Neanderthal view': a victim caught up in the black arts of Canberra leaking

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David Wroe Through no fault of her own, a woman has been been caught up in the black arts of Canberra leaking.

'Bring it on': Labor leader Shorten goads Turnbull over trade union reform

David Wroe and Nicole Hasham Labor leader Bill Shorten has responded to Malcolm Turnbull's vow to fight an election on trade union reform, taking to Twitter to declare: "Bring it on".

Bill Shorten takes break from leave to tweet 'bring it on' as union battle looms

David Wroe Labor leader Bill Shorten has responded to Malcolm Turnbull's vow to fight an election on trade union reform, taking to Twitter to declare, "bring it on".

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Australian troops' key role as Ramadi wrested from Islamic State

An Iraqi soldier holds a national flag in the government complex in central Ramadi. Iraqi forces retook a strategic government complex in the city from Islamic State.

David Wroe Elite Australian commandos guided more than 150 air strikes against the so-called Islamic State to help secure the Iraqi Army's most significant victory so far against the brutal jihadist...

Trade Union royal commission refers Cesar Melhem, Kathy Jackson to prosecutors

David Wroe, Clay Lucas The Turnbull government will ask the federal parliament to urgently pass laws ensuring the integrity of unions and the construction industry following the trade union royal commission handing down...

Royal commission refers Kathy Jackson, Cesar Melhem to prosecutors

Referred to prosecutors: Kathy Jackson.

David Wroe, Clay Lucas, Nicole Hasham The trade union Royal Commission has referred Victorian MP Cesar Melhem and former union boss Kathy Jackson to prosecutors for possible charges, and concluded unions are riddled with "widespread" and...

Australia-Indonesia relationship in 'very good shape': Julie Bishop

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop met in Sydney on Monday.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Australia and Indonesia have declared their relationship back on track amid improved co-operation on counter-terrorism and shared concerns about peace in the South China Sea.

Malcolm Turnbull and Shinzo Abe push back against China in disputed waters

Chinese activity in the South China Sea, turning coral reefs into artificial islands, is causing angst in Japan and other Asian nations.

David Wroe Australia and Japan have called for "freedom of navigation and overflight" in the contested South China Sea in a shoulder-to-shoulder signal to Beijing against further efforts to dominate the...

Defeat of IS in Iraq a matter of when, not if, says operations chief David Johnston

Vice-Admiral David Johnston says momentum has shifted in key areas of Iraq.

David Wroe Australia's military operations chief says it is now a matter of "when, not if" the Islamic State terror group is defeated in Iraq.

ASIO chief called just two Coalition MPs about Islam debate: Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

David Wroe and Mark Kenny ASIO chief Duncan Lewis called just two MPs about the political debate around Islam, and neither of those has complained about the calls, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said.

ASIO briefings: Islam debate is ensnared in Liberal leadership battle

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David Wroe The war within the Coalition on national security has gone nuclear.