David Wroe

David Wroe

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

South China Sea: Australia steps up air patrols in defiance of Beijing

David Wroe and Philip Wen Australia has stepped up military surveillance flights over the South China Sea in a signal to Beijing that it means to continue operating in the regional flashpoint area despite heightened tensions...

Plan for terrorists: reform or stay locked up

Dan Tehan

David Wroe and Mark Kenny Convicted terrorists would be treated like paedophiles and kept behind bars even after their sentences have expired under a bold plan to be put before federal and state governments on Friday.

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Australian and Chinese military officials in 'blunt' exchange on South China Sea

Australia's Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Australian and Chinese officials including Beijing's top army general had a "direct and blunt" exchange over the Asian giant's island-building in the South China Sea this week, Fairfax Media has...

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Terror threat makes civil liberties debate 'redundant', Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic says

Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The threat of terrorism is now so serious that the traditional debate between civil liberties and the protection of society is "redundant", Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic has said.

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Labor frontbencher Tony Burke launches impassioned defence of embattled Grand Mufti

The Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Senior Labor frontbencher Tony Burke has defended Australia's Grand Mufti as someone who consistently denounces terrorism and has blasted government MPs for "stoking division" through their attacks...

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Attacks on Grand Mufti are 'work of Hansonites', says Muslim moderate

SMH/NEWS.  Portrait of Dr Jamal Rifi before he spoke at a Rotary Club of Sydney Luncheon.  Pic by Nic Walker.  Photographed at the Boutique Hotel in Sydney.  Pic by Nic Walker.  Date 27th Jan 2015.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent A Sydney GP praised by Turnbull Cabinet Minister Josh Frydenberg as a key moderate Muslim voice has slammed the minister's own attacks on Australia's Grand Mufti as "doing the dirty work of the...

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Syrian refugee crisis likely to get worse: Peter Dutton

Bleak assessment: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says the Syrian refugee crisis will likely "get worse before it gets better", signalling a pessimistic assessment of global efforts to find a political...

How Australia plans to stop radicalisation in its tracks

Dr Hass Dellal: The programs build local networks to

David Wroe "Let's be realistic. Not many people are going to ring up the [national security] hotline and dob in a son."

Visa delays sideline Diggers as chaos deepens in Syria

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said various players in the battle against Islamic State had their own agendas.

David Wroe and Mark Kenny Three hundred Australian soldiers sent to help Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State were stalled for weeks due to Baghdad's visa bungling as international players enmeshed in the Syrian war...

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Malcolm Turnbull resists terror 'machismo' as Coalition tensions simmer

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivers his national security address on Tuesday.

David Wroe Malcolm Turnbull has vowed not to let "gestures or machismo" dictate his national security policy as tensions within the Coalition continued to simmer over how best to fight the Islamic State terror...

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'Not a time for gestures or machismo': Malcolm Turnbull's national security speech

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivers his national security address on Tuesday.

David Wroe In a major national security speech to the Parliament, Malcolm Turnbull sought to reassure Australians that while a terrorist attack remains likely on home soil, Paris has not materially changed the...

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France pushing for greater military effort against Islamic State: ambassador

Christophe Lecourtier.

David Wroe France is pushing for coalition partners in Iraq and Syria, including Australia, to step up their military contributions to the fight against the Islamic State terror group, the country's envoy in...

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Arms control treaties falling behind in modern terror era: top diplomat

Department of Foreign Affairs secretary Peter Varghese.

David Wroe Arms control treaties – including those curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction – are failing to keep pace with technology and the rise of groups such as the Islamic State,...

West should learn from Iraq and Libya, says Russian envoy Vladimir Morozov

Vladimir Morozov, Russian ambassador to Australia, says that Bashar al-Assad is a necessary part of negotiations over the future shape of Syria.

David Wroe Russia's ambassador in Canberra has attacked the West's track record in toppling Middle Eastern dictators as he insisted there must be no "political strings attached" to Syria peace talks.


Australia at odds with US over Islamic State bombing campaign

David Wroe The Turnbull government plans to stick with the RAAF's strict rules of engagement to avoid civilian casualties from its bombing raids in Iraq and Syria, putting it at odds with Washington's plans to...

What do the Paris attacks mean for Australia?

Abdelhamid Abaaoud has been confirmed dead.

David Wroe Our geography, laws and the strength of our civil society help protect us from terrorist attacks.

Two Australians among Islamic State cell supplying weapons and cash: local reports

Kuwait's Islamic State troubles. Sunnis and Shiites took part in a mass funeral procession for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing that targeted the Shiite al-Sadiq mosque in June.

David Wroe and Lisa Cox Two Australians are among a Kuwait-based Islamic State cell that was supplying money, fighters and weapons including surface-to-air missiles to the militant group, Kuwaiti authorities say.

Russia won't 'cling' to Assad, envoy says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

David Wroe and James Massola Russia will not "cling" to the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, a spokesman for the embassy in Canberra has insisted, as world powers continue to warily discuss joining forces to end Syria's bloody...

Paris attacks: Defence Minister Marise Payne backs Barack Obama on IS strategy

Defence Minister Marise Payne indicated that any further military contribution from Australia is likely to be modest.

David Wroe Defence Minister Marise Payne has backed President Barack Obama after the US leader faced bruising questions and fierce criticism at home overnight about his Islamic State strategy.

Paris terror attacks: Philip Ruddock criticises top Islamic leader over foreign policy comments

 Philip Ruddock Ruddock said the attacks were

David Wroe Veteran Liberal Philip Ruddock has hit out at the nation's top Islamic leader over suggestions Western military intervention and foreign policy partly explained the Paris terror attacks.