David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Iraq crisis Intervention less likely as PM urged to quit US demands change before taking action

David Wroe and Rachel Olding The odds of Australia making any military contribution in Iraq appear to have lengthened after the US reportedly insisted it would not intervene unless the current Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri...

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop takes heat out of East Jerusalem row

Arab ambassadors attending a meeting with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 19 June  2014.

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop appears to have cooled the temperature on the East Jerusalem row with Arab countries by reaffirming Australia's backing for the UN resolution that calls the territory...

Australians fighting for rebels in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite.

David Wroe Australians are fighting in Iraq with the al-Qaeda splinter group whose lightning offensive over the past week threatens to tear the fragile country apart.

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Teenage recruits suffered horrific abuse at HMAS Leeuwin naval base

Navy recruits

David Wroe Teenage boys were subjected to an institutionalised system of horrific abuse at a former naval training base in Western Australia, a landmark report has found.

Iraq may seek Australian help to quash rebels, ambassador says

Mouayed Saleh

David Wroe Iraq's ambassador has left the door open to asking for Australia's military help in beating back its bloody insurgency but has warned foreign troops could spark local resentment.

Foreign aid overhaul to squeeze more value for money

Foreign Aid

David Wroe A fifth of Australia's aid budget will be geared towards driving economic growth in developing countries - known as ''aid-for-trade'' - under a radical restructure to be unveiled by Foreign Minister...

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Iraq open to military help: ambassador

Ambassador of Iraq Mouayed Saleh

David Wroe Iraq's ambassador has left the door open to asking for Australia's military help in beating back its bloody insurgency but has warned foreign troops could spark local resentment.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott warns of 'terrorist state' in Iraq

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Wroe Defence Correspondent Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Monday that a full-blown ''terrorist state'' could emerge if Iraqi militants consolidated their power in the north and west of the country.

SAS on alert for rescue mission to Baghdad

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David Wroe Australia's elite SAS soldiers are ready to swoop into Baghdad to rescue diplomats if the bloody fighting in Iraq's north reaches the capital, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Australia may provide intelligence on radical group at centre of conflict in Iraq, says Defence Minister David Johnston

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston

David Wroe Defence Minister David Johnston has strongly suggested any military role by Australia in Iraq could include providing intelligence on the radical group that has taken control of major cities in a...

Australia unlikely to play significant military role in Iraq, say defence experts

An image from a jihadist website shows militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant posing with their standard at a captured checkpoint in Iraq's Salahuddin province.

David Wroe Australia is unlikely to play any significant military role in efforts to bolster the Iraqi government against an al-Qaeda splinter group, experts say, despite Prime Minister Tony Abbott's vow to...

Tony Abbott won't rule out following US military into Iraq as civil war threatens

Prime Minister Tony Abbott trained with Wounded Warriors veterans on the Mall in Washington.

Judith Ireland, David Wroe and Nick O'Malley Prime Minister Tony Abbott has not ruled out potential Australian military action in Iraq describing the situation there as "disastrous".

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Military deal forged with Japan

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

David Wroe The Abbott government has forged a deal to share military technology with Japan including joint research on "marine hydrodynamics" that could pave the way for the purchase of Japanese submarine...

Sailors involved in HMAS Ballarat hazing may face sack

Hazing allegations: the HMAS Ballarat.

David Wroe Defence is investigating fresh claims of sexual hazing rituals aboard a Navy warship even as it grapples with how to punish perpetrators in the most recent public hazing episode.

Defence seeks to push Japanese submarine deal

Collins Class submarine

David Wroe Defence Minister David Johnston hopes to advance talks on buying Japanese submarine technology during a visit to Tokyo this week but strenuously denies such co-operation will anger China.

Defence abuse taskforce refers 22 cases to NSW police

Len Roberts-Smith

David Wroe The taskforce dealing with sexual and other abuse in the military has referred 22 cases to NSW police possibly involving claims such as rape, assault and death threats.

Immigration Department was 'calling the shots' on Manus Island, says Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

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Sarah Whyte, David Wroe The Immigration Department insisted that Manus Island security firm G4S be given batons for guard duties even though the firm said it did not want them, a Senate inquiry heard on Tuesday.

Manus security firm tried to warn Immigration Department about police dogs

David Wroe The Immigration Department was warned by its own Manus Island security firm, as deadly riots were breaking out, to abandon a proposed ''demonstration of force'' by a police dog squad, leaked emails...

George Brandis' East Jerusalem stance labelled 'radically pro-Israel'

George Brandis.

David Wroe The Abbott government has pointedly refused to call East Jerusalem ''occupied'', sparking Palestinian accusations Australia is taking a radical pro-Israel stance.

Dragging up the past unhelpful in Middle East, says George Brandis

David Wroe The federal government has refused to call East Jerusalem ''occupied'', sparking accusations from Palestinians that Australia is taking a radical pro-Israeli stance.