David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Australian security expert Carl Ungerer says passport failure a massive concern

Italian Luigi Maraldi, left, whose stolen passport was used by a passenger boarding a missing Malaysian airliner, shows his passport as he reports himself to Thai police at Phuket police station in Phuket province, southern Thailand Sunday, March 9, 2014.   Maraldi spoke at a police news conference where he showed his current passport, which replaced the stolen one, and expressed surprise that anyone could use his old one.  (AP Photo/Krissada Muanhawang)

David Wroe and Rick Feneley A terrorism expert says the use of stolen passports on flight 370 ''eerily'' resembles a 1994 attack on a Philippines flight by an al-Qaeda-linked hijacker and represents a ''massive security...

Malaysia Airlines passport theft echoes al-Qaeda agent's bomb attack

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David Wroe, Rick Feneley A top terrorism expert says the use of stolen passports on flight MH370 ''eerily'' resembles a 1994 attack on a Philippines flight by an al-Qaeda-linked hijacker and represents a ''massive security...

Navy's Air Warfare Destroyer project blows out by $300m

Air Warfare Destroyer

David Wroe The cost of building Australia's most powerful warships has blown out by $300 million - a figure likely to rise sharply - amid management problems and poor productivity, an auditor's report has found.

Australia urged to address its languishing defence budget, says government adviser

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David Wroe, Philip Wen China's sharp military rise underscores the need for Australia to bolster its own defence spending and in particular improve its spying capabilities, an adviser to the government's next defence...

Parliament to probe Manus Island riot

Scott Morrison

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte and David Wroe Asylum seekers will be invited to give their witness accounts of the recent deadly violence on Manus Island to a parliamentary committee that will free public servants and contractors from...

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Manus Island inquiry: Asylum seekers and camp staff to have their say

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte, David Wroe Asylum seekers will be invited to give their eye-witness accounts of the violence on Manus Island to a parliamentary committee that will free public servants and contractors from the confidentiality...

Nauru PM appoints Fijian magistrate to replace sacked Australian Peter Law

President of the Republicof Nauru Baron Waqa

David Wroe Nauru has appointed a Fijian magistrate on a short-term contract to replace Australian Peter Law, who was controversially sacked in January.

Ukraine: Tony Abbott's G20 summit threat to Russia

A man holds a sign during a protest march in support of peace in Ukraine in Times Square in New York, March 2, 2014.

David Wroe Australia could restrict Russia's input into the Brisbane G20 leaders' summit in November as a way of piling diplomatic and economic pressure on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Coalition considers ramping up pressure on Russia

Julie Bishop

David Wroe Australia could restrict Russia's input into the Brisbane G20 leaders' summit in November as a way of piling diplomatic and economic pressure on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Radar technology a potential export earner as it gives Navy a battle edge

David Wroe Most modern radars really do work like the ones in the movies: they spin around, creating the familiar green line moving around a circle like a clock hand in fast-forward.

China's rebuke of Julie Bishop 'rudest' conduct seen in 30 years, says senior foreign affairs official

Julie Bishop and Wang Yi

David Wroe A senior Australian foreign affairs official has branded Beijing's public rebuke of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop over a diplomatic rift late last year as the rudest thing he's seen in 30 years as a...

Fatal violence occurred after G4S guards went in, PNG report finds

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte The violent clashes on Manus Island that left an Iranian asylum seeker dead happened after local G4S staff descended on protesting asylum-seekers, a preliminary police report has found.

Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs set to axe 900 staff unless naval jobs appear on the horizon

Lindsay Stratton

David Wroe Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs has warned it will have to lay off 900 workers by the middle of next year unless the government sets out a timetable for future naval projects to bridge the so-called...

Manus Island violence: Fatal violence occurred after G4S guards went in, PNG report finds

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David Wroe and Sarah Whyte The violent clashes on Manus Island that left an Iranian asylum-seeker dead happened after local G4S descended on protesting asylum-seekers, a preliminary police briefing has indicated.

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Asylum seeker death: PNG deflects enquiries to Australian government

Reza Berati.

David Wroe Papua New Guinea is deferring to the Australian government on statements about the investigation into the death of asylum-seeker Reza Barati even though the probe is being carried by PNG police under...

General David Hurley defends Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell after Labor accusations of 'political cover-up'

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David Wroe Defence Force chief General David Hurley has hit back at Labor defence spokesman Stephen Conroy over his attack on the integrity of the Abbott government's military border protection chief.

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Deadly clash on Manus Island said to have begun after asylum seekers were told about 'lies'

Immgration and Border Protection Departmental Secretary Martin Bowles.

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte, Michael Gordon The deadly clashes on Manus Island last week flared after asylum seekers realised the Australian government was ''lying to them'' about plans to resettle them in Papua New Guinea, a migration agent...

Riot flared as Manus Island refugees realised 'lies were told'

Martin Bowles.

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon Deadly clashes on Manus Island last week flared after asylum seekers realised the Australian government was 'lying to them' about plans to resettle them in PNG, migration agent says.

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Autopsy still not performed eight days after asylum seeker Reza Barati killed

Reza Berati.

David Wroe A post-mortem on the body of the 23-year-old Iranian asylum-seeker killed during violent clashes on Manus Island still has not been carried out eight days after the man died, a Senate estimates...

Abbott government spends $2.5m on lifeboats to return asylum seekers to Indonesia

An empty Australian lifeboat that carried asylum seekers docked at Pangandaran wharf in western Java island.

David Wroe The Abbott government has spent $2.5 million on lifeboats to send asylum seekers intercepted at sea back to Indonesia.