David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Don't cut and run from Afghanistan, warns Defence chief Mark Binskin

David Wroe Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin has urged the world not to "cut and run" from its financial support for Afghanistan, which is vital to keeping the beleaguered country's military functioning...

Top Defence official Dennis Richardson warns of ethics risk in industry revolving door

Dennis Richardson:

David Wroe Australia's top Defence official has made the startling acknowledgement that the relationship between Defence and the arms industry is vulnerable to ethical breaches because of the steady flow of...

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Yes, terrorism in Australia is horrible. But we also need to talk about the threat of war with China

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David Wroe Australia must make a tough decision. Whatever path we take could change life as we know it.

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Malcolm Turnbull an ally on climate action, says French ambassador

French ambassador to Australia Christophe Lecourtier

David Wroe France's ambassador has praised Malcolm Turnbull's views on global warming as one of the "planets aligned" needed to get a good result out of crucial Paris climate talks next month.

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Don't write off the US, says Julie Bishop

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has praised the US for its ability to invent and innovate.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The US is embarking on perhaps its greatest ever wave of innovation that should keep it as the dominant global economic power, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said in a bullish response to fears of...

Australia likely to join US in keeping troops in Afghanistan

Australian troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan after the US announced it would extend its military presence in the country.

David Wroe Australia is expected to extend its military deployment in Afghanistan beyond the current planned withdrawal at the end of next year after the US announced it would keep thousands of troops in the...

Labor pledges to restore some of Coalition's foreign aid cuts

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek.

David Wroe A Labor government would give Australian aid organisations a boost of $30 million a year to make up for cuts by the Coalition but is tight-lipped on whether it will restore billions more cut from the...

Building trust the key to countering terrorism

Greg Moriarty and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday.

David Wroe What police and intelligence officials have been saying for months might now become a reality.

Concerned families, community 'need easier access to authorities to stop extremism'

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for the summit with national counter-terrorism co-ordinator Greg Moriarty.

David Wroe Families, friends and teachers of youngsters who show signs of budding Islamic extremism need to feel more comfortable about approaching authorities, Malcolm Turnbull's urgent counter-terrorism...

14-year-olds monitored by ASIO, Attorney-General George Brandis reveals

Attorney-General George Brandis.

David Wroe Children as young as 14 have been monitored by ASIO under warrants signed by Attorney-General George Brandis, underscoring the dramatic drop in the age of suspects in terrorism-related cases.

Australia in talks with United States over naval patrols in South China Sea

In this photo taken on Friday, July 20, 2012, Chinese fishing boats sail in the lagoon of Meiji reef off the island province of Hainan in the South China Sea. China has rolled out the red carpet for its newest city, on a small, remote island in the South China Sea that is also claimed by Vietnam. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

David Wroe The United States is reportedly talking to allies including Australia about carrying out "freedom of navigation" naval patrols close to artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea in a...

Terror-related evidence could be kept from 'control order' subjects

Attorney-General George Brandis said the use of control orders against teens would be

David Wroe, Richard Willingham Australians subjected to "control orders" on terrorism grounds – which can restrict their movements and communications – could be denied access to some of the evidence against them for...

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Terror-related evidence could be kept from 'control order' subjects

Attorney-General George Brandis said the new legislation would provide greater protection for sensitive information.

David Wroe and Sean Nicholls Australians subjected to "control orders" on terrorism grounds – which can restrict their movements and communications – could be denied access to some of the evidence against them for...

Malcolm Turnbull announces anti-terrorism summit, urges mutual respect

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Friday.

David Wroe and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will hold an urgent stocktake meeting on counter-terrorism policy next week as he seeks to reach out to Muslim Australians as the nation's frontline against extremists.

Defence Minister rejects expert concerns of 'rushed' submarine bidding process

Defence Minister Marise Payne.

David Wroe Defence Minister Marise Payne has dismissed a growing chorus of expert concern that the government's process for choosing a new submarine is rushed and will lead to a decision based on scant...

$50b sub building program 'would bring Japan and Australia closer together'

Japan says its bid to build Australia's replacement for the Collins Class submarine would bring the countries' two navies closer.

David Wroe Japan sees its bid for Australia's $50 billion submarine program as just one step in deepening defence ties that would also see the two nations' navies work closely together on joint-operations such...

Marise Payne: Australia will oppose 'intimidation' and 'aggression', in veiled warning to China

Defence Minister Marise Payne.

David Wroe Defence Minister Marise Payne has delivered a blunt message that the Turnbull government will not take a softer line than its predecessor on Chinese provocations over flashpoint maritime disputes.

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US admiral issues blunt warning over Chinese maritime expansion

Admiral Scott Swift.

David Wroe The commander of the United States' massive Pacific Fleet has warned that if bullying behaviour at sea of the kind shown by China is not confronted, it will spread to land and become a "friction...

Second Russian wave in Syria escalates risk of confrontation with Australia

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday.

David Wroe Russia carried out a second wave of bombing raids in Syria on Friday while Iran reportedly sent ground troops, raising tensions with Washington and heightening the risk that Australia is being drawn...

Russian motives in Syrian air strikes under a cloud: Defence Minister Marise Payne

Australian Defence Minister senator Marise Payne.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Defence Minister Marise Payne has left open the door to Australia's stepping up its contribution to the air strike campaign in Syria after US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Western-led...