David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Afghanistan still not safe for asylum seekers, says country's defence minister

David Wroe Afghanistan is still at war and it is not safe for asylum seekers to return, says the country's Defence Minister.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce presents Victoria Cross to family of late Corporal Cameron Baird

Doug Baird, father of the late Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG, holds the Victoria Cross presented to him on behalf of his son.

David Wroe Corporal Cameron Baird became the 100th Australian to receive the Victoria Cross when Governor General Quentin Bryce presented the decoration to the Baird family at Government House in Canberra.

China's military is on the march and Canberra must take note

David Wroe Through a stretch of water where Australians' attention is usually fixated on asylum-seeker boats, a flotilla of very different ocean vessels passed largely unremarked early this month.

Australian ambassador Greg Moriarty carpeted in Jakarta over boats policy

David Wroe and Daniel Flitton Indonesia has stepped up its protests against the Abbott government's border protection policies, hauling Australia's ambassador to Jakarta into the foreign affairs ministry for a dressing down.

Indonesia calls in Australian ambassador Greg Moriarty to protest against 'unacceptable' escalation of boat policy

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa

David Wroe and Daniel Flitton Indonesia has stepped up its protests against the Abbott government's border protection policies, hauling Australia's ambassador to Jakarta into the foreign affairs ministry for a dressing down.

Customs officer gets bravery award for rescuing asylum seekers off Christmas Island

Boat Photo 1 - 15 December 2010 - In heaving seas, a few stunned men are able to cling to the wreckage of the wooden boat as it takes on water near Flying Fish Cove on Christmas Island. MUST CREDIT PHOTO: Courtesy Channel Nine News.

David Wroe A Customs officer has been recognised with a top bravery award for his efforts in pulling asylum-seekers from the sea after their boat broke up against rocks on Christmas Island three years ago.

RAAF scrambles plane to observe Chinese naval exercise

missile destroyer

David Wroe Australia scrambled an air force surveillance plane earlier this month to monitor an unannounced Chinese military exercise that took the emerging superpower's ships closer to Australian territory...

Syrian aid not enough, says Labor's Tanya Plibersek

Tanya Plibersek

David Wroe Labor has joined aid groups in attacking as inadequate Australia's $12 million pledge towards the humanitarian crisis gripping civil war-torn Syria.

Indonesian military commander reportedly accepts Australian Navy incursions accidental

Scott Morrison.

David Wroe Indonesia's top military commander has reportedly accepted that Australia's recent incursions into the country's waters were accidental, paving the way for reduced tensions between Canberra and...

Lifeboats used to send asylum seekers back to Indonesia only used once

Scott Morrison

David Wroe The specially bought lifeboats on which Australia is controversially sending asylum seekers back to Indonesia are believed to cost at least $50,000 but are being used just once each.

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Border protection officials to take fresh look at boat burns claim

Asylum seeker with burnt hand he says was caused by Australian navy.

David Wroe Border protection officials will make new inquiries into claims that navy sailors deliberately burnt the hands of asylum seekers after a witness gave Fairfax Media a detailed account of the alleged...

Border Protection officials to investigate claims its sailors deliberately burned the hands of asylum-seekers

David Wroe Border Protection officials will make fresh inquiries into claims that its sailors deliberately burned the hands of asylum seekers after a witness gave Fairfax Media a detailed account of the alleged...

David Johnston calls for inquiry into ABC over its reports of claims navy personnel abused asylum seekers

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston

Leesha McKenny, David Wroe Defence Minister David Johnston has launched a tirade against claims the navy abused asylum-seekers, insisting defence brass had assured him that the allegations were baseless and branding the claims...

Secrecy over asylum seeker boat turn-backs puts navy in a bind

Matt Golding illustration.

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent The government's obsession with keeping silent on boat arrivals and turnbacks may come back to bite it.

Abbott government to co-operate with Indonesian probe into asylum seeker burn claims

Asylum seeker with burnt hand he says was caused by Australian navy.

Jonathan Swan, David Wroe The Abbott government has promised to co-operate with an Indonesian police investigation into asylum seekers' allegations that Australian navy personnel inflicted burns during a tow-back operation,...

Admiral denies asylum seeker claims of burns inflicted at sea

David Wroe, Michael Bachelard and Deborah Snow The Chief of Navy, Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs, has flatly denied that Australian sailors inflicted burns on asylum seekers' hands by forcing them to hold hot parts of a boat engine.

Asylum seekers' burns claims baseless, say Australian defence chiefs

Chief of Navy Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs

David Wroe, Michael Bachelard, Deborah Snow The Chief of Navy, Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs, has flatly denied that Australian sailors inflicted burns to asylum seekers' hands by forcing them to hold hot sections of a boat engine.

Naval breach: Australia could gain from increased Indonesian patrolling

Tony Abbott

David Wroe Defence experts are playing down tensions over Australia's accidental breaches of Indonesia's waters and say Jakarta's vow to boost its southern sea patrols could even work in Australia's favour.

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Tanya Plibersek moved by suffering at Middle East refugee camps

David Wroe The woman used to run a hair salon in Damascus. Now, like millions of Syrians, she is homeless, bereaved and seeking sanctuary in a neighbouring country.

Indonesian outrage 'unlikely to escalate'

Royal Australian Navy

David Wroe Defence experts are playing down tensions over Australia's accidental breaches of Indonesian waters and say Jakarta's vow to boost its southern sea patrols could even work in Australia's favour.