David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Canning byelection: Labor hits back at Andrew Hastie over Afghanistan jibe

David Wroe Former soldier and senior Labor figure Mike Kelly has hit back at WA Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie over his remark that the former Labor government did not fully support Australian troops in...

Why would Australia talk to Iran about Syria air strikes?

Islamic State

David Wroe Australia shares a common interest with Iran in fighting the so-called Islamic State. But beyond that common interest, the relationship is a delicate and complicated one.

Australia would consult with Iran over Syria air strikes: Julie Bishop

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has worked to deepen Australia's relationship with Iran.

David Wroe Australia would consult with Iran over possible plans to expand RAAF air strikes to Syria, underscoring Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop's push for more co-ordination with the Shiite regional...

Tony Abbott pushed for US request to join Syria air strikes

Fighter planes.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe The Abbott government pushed for Washington to request that Australia expand its air strikes against the Islamic State terror group from Iraq to its more dangerous neighbour Syria, Fairfax Media has...

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Andrew Hastie, Liberal byelection candidate, was in charge of troop probed for chopping hands off Taliban

Captain Hastie did not respond to Fairfax's requests for comment.

David Wroe The former SAS soldier standing as the Liberal Party's prize recruit in a key federal by-election was the officer in command of a troop that is being investigated for chopping the hands off dead...

Syria 'more difficult' to carry out air strikes, military chief says

Vice-Admiral David Johnston, the chief of joint operations, has offered a cautious assessment to speculation Australia will expand RAAF strikes into Syria.

David Wroe RAAF air strikes against the Islamic State terror group in Syria would "not be a game changer" and in fact would be a "zero sum game" by taking efforts away from Iraq, Australia's military operations...

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Security committee head Dan Tehan praises UK-style secret courts for terrorism cases

Liberal MP Dan Tehan

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The head of Federal Parliament's key security and intelligence committee has put controversial, UK-style secret courts for terrorism cases on the political agenda, saying such an approach balances...

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Australian pilots begin missions over Syria, flying American Reaper drones

AFGHANISTAN ? An Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial attack vehicle prepares to land after a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The Reaper has the ability to carry both precision-guided bombs and missiles.  (U.S. Air Force photo Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson, Released)

David Wroe RAAF pilots have begun flying deadly American Reaper drones over Syria, taking for the first time Australia's involvement in the fight against the so-called Islamic State from Iraq into the more...

Australia in talks to expand bombing raids against Islamic State into Syria

Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australia has discussed with its allies expanding RAAF bombing raids against the Islamic State from Iraq into Syria and hinted he favours doing so, saying...

Women victims of military academy abuse urged to come forward

The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce's report - to be released on Wednesday - will call for a royal commission into Defence abuse, particularly at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

David Wroe The taskforce dealing with abuse in the military has issued a final plea for women who were assaulted at the Australian Defence Force Academy to come forward amid concerns there is still a pool of...

Australia should consider hosting bases with US forces, says defence analyst Ross Babbage

The joint US-Australian base at Pine Gap near Alice Springs.

David Wroe  Australia should consider hosting joint bases with US forces, as well as new space and communications facilities similar to Pine Gap, in response to the rise of China, a leading defence scholar...

Public servants will decide on loss of citizenship, inquiry hears

Department of Immigration and Border Protection head Michael Pezzullo.

David Wroe Decisions taken in secret by public servants would form the basis for the effective loss of dual-nationals' Australian citizenship on terrorism grounds, a high-powered parliamentary inquiry has heard.

MH17: Julie Bishop on how the UN resolution backing access to the crash site was secured

Julie Bishop: The death stare strikes back  (Thumbnail)

David Wroe Within four days of the disaster, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, thrown together with her Dutch counterpart Frans Timmermans, had a UN resolution backing access to the crash site.

Australia needs ambition to build world-class submarines, SA leader says

A RAN Collins class submarine.

David Wroe Australia should have the ambition to keep a submarine industry that can make the "most sophisticated equipment on the face of the planet", South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill has said.

Defence medical records sent to China in security breach

Australian Defence Force

David Wroe Eye test records and personal contact details of hundreds of military personnel including soldiers posted overseas were sent to China in a significant data security breach, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Don't overestimate Islamic State threat: Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The threat posed by the Islamic State terror group should not be overstated and critics of new national security measures should not be denounced, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said.

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Former PM John Howard defends top bureaucrat Michael Thawley over China remarks

John Howard said it was

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Former prime minister John Howard has moved to defuse the controversy over top bureaucrat Michael Thawley's dismissal of China's global leadership qualities, saying the official has played a key role...

Most Australians happy with government watching social media to stop terror: poll

Cyber surveillance.

David Wroe Four out of five Australians say they are "comfortable" with government agencies monitoring social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to detect possible terrorist attacks, a survey has found.

China not fit for global leadership, says top Canberra official Michael Thawley

Michael Thawley

John Garnaut and David Wroe Australia's top public servant has dismissed any prospect of China leading the world, saying the economic giant is neither willing nor able to solve global problems.

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Q&A host Tony Jones and producers were unaware of Zaky Mallah's offensive tweet

#ICantAppearOnQandA became the top trending topic on Twitter on Monday afternoon.

David Wroe The ABC program Q&A did not know that controversial audience member Zaky Mallah had tweeted misogynistic messages about 'gangbanging' two female journalists, host Tony Jones has said.

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