David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Tony Abbott defends new laws that would jail journalists for revealing ASIO secrets

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged journalists not to report on national security matters that could endanger the country as he defended proposed laws that criminalise disclosure of certain ASIO...

ASIO concerns grow over returned jihadists

Director-General of Security, David Irvine.

David Wroe The nation’s top spy has expressed concern about ‘‘tens’’ of former Australian jihadists who have already returned from fighting in the Middle East and who may now pose...

Top Chinese general meets PM for talks on military links

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David Wroe and John Garnaut A top Chinese general will hold high-level military talks with the Abbott government on Wednesday in a move that an expert says shows the relationship with Beijing remains on a steady course.

Spies, internet firms in firing line of national security reforms

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David Wroe, James Massola Spies who leak sensitive information will face tough new penalties of up to 10 years' jail and internet firms could be forced to store customers' data for up to two years under sweeping national...

George Brandis set to require internet, phone companies hold customer data for two years

An illustration picture shows a projection of text on the face of a woman in Berlin, June 12, 2013. The European Union's chief justice official has written to the U.S. attorney general demanding an explanation for the collection of foreign nationals' data following disclosures about the

James Massola and David Wroe Attorney-General George Brandis has signalled the government could move to introduce laws forcing internet and phone companies to keep customers records for up to two years.

Asians fear territorial disputes with China will lead to war: survey

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David Wroe There is widespread fear across Asia that countries' territorial disputes with China will lead to war, a global survey has found, highlighting the delicate task Australia faces in managing its...

ASIO's bid for internet data retention on hold

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David Wroe The federal government is putting aside one of the national security reforms most keenly sought by spies and police, in which phone and internet providers have to keep customers' records for up to...

Defence alliance to anger China

Mark Kenny David Wroe Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has used a historic address to the Australian Parliament to move the two countries closer to a strategic defence alliance in a development certain to anger Beijing.

Japan pushes for closer ties

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, left, speaks as Tony Abbott, Australia's prime minister, looks on during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Abe used the first speech by a Japanese prime minister to Australia's parliament to mark the beginning of what he termed a

Mark Kenny, David Wroe, Philip Wen Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has used a historic address to the Australian Parliament to move the two countries closer to a strategic defence alliance in a development certain to anger Beijing.

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Abbott to underline Japanese ties

Tony Abbott with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

David Wroe and Mark Kenny Prime Minister Tony Abbott will use a historic visit by Japanese leader Shinzo Abe on Tuesday to issue a veiled warning to Beijing not to let its territorial disputes with neighbours threaten Asia's...

Abbott calls on China to check its ambitions

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David Wroe, Mark Kenny Prime Minister Tony Abbott will use a historic visit by Japanese leader Shinzo Abe on Tuesday to issue a veiled warning to Beijing not to let its territorial disputes with neighbours threaten Asia's...

Firebrand preacher Musa Cerantonio says he has reached Middle East in blow to Australian authorities

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David Wroe A firebrand Australian preacher regarded as one of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's most influential cheerleaders says he has arrived in the region to join the al-Qaeda splinter group's new...

Commission slams transfer at sea as clear rights breach

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Sarah Whyte, David Wroe and Jason Koutsoukis The United Nations has expressed ''profound concern'' over reports that Australia was poised to hand Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to the country's navy on Thursday after only the briefest refugee...

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'Terribly sad' for another loss in Afghanistan says Defence Minister David Johnston as Lance Corporal Todd Chidgery becomes 41st Australian soldier to die

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David Wroe Lance Corporal Todd John Chidgey was the 41st Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan, a country where Australia has officially ended its combat operations.

At-sea people moves spark UN concerns

Sarah Whyte David Wroe Jason Koutsoukis The United Nations has expressed ''profound concern'' over reports that Australia was on Thursday poised to hand Sri Lankan asylum-seekers back to the country's navy after only the briefest refugee...

Defence chief praises brave service of veteran commando

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David Wroe The Australian commando who died of gunshot wounds in Afghanistan on Tuesday night was a veteran of several tours to the war-torn country, it is understood.

Fears grow over preacher's call in support of Islamic state

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David Wroe, James Massola A firebrand Australian Muslim preacher says he is joining the ''caliphate'' established by ultraviolent jihadists in the Middle East - a move that could prove a powerful new magnet to would-be...

Australian jihadist preacher Musa Cerantonio on his way to Syria or Iraq

David Wroe A firebrand Australian jihadist preacher has announced on Twitter he is travelling to Syria or Iraq - a move that threatens to create an even greater magnet for would-be extremists.

Jihadist fears spark review of evidence laws

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis.

David Wroe, Rachel Olding The federal government is examining ways to make it easier to prosecute Australian jihadist fighters returning from the Middle East, amid growing fears of the creation of a mini-state in the region...