David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Foreign aid faces further cuts, Julie Bishop confirms

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed foreign aid may be in the firing line for savings along with other areas of the budget but has blamed Labor for any future cuts.

Cuts to foreign aid 'another broken promise'

A school in Tarin Kowt.

David Wroe Aid groups are voicing growing fears that the Abbott government is eyeing further cuts to foreign aid as it searches desperately for budget savings ahead of its mid-year budget update.

Comments 45

Joe Hockey rejects open tender for new submarines

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

David Wroe Treasurer Joe Hockey has ruled out an open tender on Australia's new submarines, arguing time is running out to start designing and building a fleet to replace the Collins Class boats.

Lambie sticks to veto over defence pay stoush

Sticking to her guns: Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie.

David Wroe Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie insists she will continue to vote against any government legislation in the Senate despite Tony Abbott's backdown on cuts to military members' entitlements.

Tony Abbott in partial backdown over Defence pay stoush

Tony Abbott

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has partially backed down on the Australian Defence Force pay dispute by restoring several allowances that are worth thousands of dollars a year to some military members.

Under siege: Defence Minister David Johnston feels the pain

Out of sync:  Defence Minister David Johnston in the Senate on Wednesday.

David Wroe and Deborah Snow A reckless wisecrack has the Defence Minister in trouble at a time when threats to national security demand strong leadership.

Australian Defence Force rape victim's 40-year secret

Ken McIlwain is still dealing with the fallout of being raped during his time with the ADF.

David Wroe Ken McIlwain was watching the nightly news in 2011 when the story of the now notorious 'Skype affair' at the Australian Defence Force Academy broke.

Call for Royal Commission into Defence abuse


David Wroe Alleged rapists and sexual abusers are likely to still be serving in the Defence Force.

Senate censures Defence Minister David Johnston as PM says he has his 'full confidence'

Defence Minister David Johnston in the Senate on Wednesday.

Dan Harrison, David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has expressed his full confidence in his Defence Minister in the face of sustained parliamentary pressure to sack him.

Government to consider taskforce call for royal commission into sex abuse at Australian Defence Force Academy

Cause for concern: The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce's report released on Wednesday calls for a royal commission into Defence abuse, particularly at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

David Wroe The government will "seriously" examine a call by an independent taskforce's for a royal commission into sexual assault and abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy, government sources say.

Defence Minister David Johnston 'regrets' his shipbuilder 'canoe' comments

Expressing regret: Defence Minister David Johnston delivers short statement to Senate on Wednesday morning.

David Wroe Defence Minister David Johnston has expressed "regret" over his extraordinary remark that he would not trust the government's shipbuilder ASC to "build a canoe".

Comments 146

Defence abuse: Government to 'seriously' consider call for royal commission into abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy

The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce's report released on Wednesday has called for a royal commission into abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

David Wroe A landmark report into assault and abuse in the military has found that more than 1100 alleged abusers are still serving in the ranks.

Iraq strike kills 100 militants but progress is patchy

An RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet.

David Wroe Sharp intelligence spotting by an RAAF airman has led to a major coalition assault on a sophisticated Islamic State cave system in Iraq, killing an estimated 100 militants.

Comments 14

Defence Minister doesn't trust Australian shipbuilder to make 'a canoe'

David Wroe Defence Minister David Johnston says he wouldn't trust the government's own shipbuilding firm to "build a canoe", seriously denting hopes the next fleet of submarines will be made locally.

Comments 171

Tough new terror laws to ease intelligence sharing between overseas spies, ADF

Attorney-General George Brandis dismissed concerns that the increased intelligence sharing could allow the ADF to target Australian citizens for killing.

David Wroe Police will have greater powers to curb the movements of terrorism suspects without charge and overseas spies will more easily share intelligence with the military, under new national security...

Abbott's $7 Medicare co-payment is on hold amid Senate ructions

generic thumbnail, doctor, medicine, hospital, GP, general practitioner

David Wroe The government is chasing a pre-Christmas legislative victory, but that doesn't look to be co-payments.

Comments 83

Australia to host Ukrainian leader, open embassy in Kiev

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

David Wroe Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit Australia next month and an interim Australian embassy is expected to open in Kiev in January.

Australian-made submarines substantially cheaper than government suggests

HMAS Collins, an Australian-built Collins-class submarine.

David Wroe Australia's government-owned shipbuilder says it could construct a new fleet of submarines in South Australia for less than $24 billion, making it competitive with rival overseas bidders.

Abbott finds his French Connection on emission controls

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe Tony Abbott wants to see strong and binding emissions reductions targets set at next year's major climate conference in Paris, following one-on-one talks with his French counterpart, President...

Comments 202

Australia and India sign new security pact and commit to a future free trade agreement

Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott in Parliament House on Tuesday morning.

Mark Kenny, John Garnaut, and David Wroe Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed a dramatic deepening of Australia's defence, security, and economic relationship in a gesture clearly designed to offer a counter-balance to the China...