David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Tony Abbott's soldier pay rise risks dispute with Defence secretary Dennis Richardson

John Garnaut and David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has risked a dispute with his most experienced official, Dennis Richardson, by undermining decades of work to build a rational and independent system for setting soldier...

Tony Abbott backs down on military pay after behind-the-scenes lobbying by backbenchers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Defence Minister Kevin Andrews on Wednesday.

David Wroe Tony Abbott appears to have quelled a military backlash by hiking the government's pay offer to defence personnel in the wake of announcing a further planned troop deployment to Iraq.

Metadata retention a step closer as Abbott government backs changes

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis.

David Wroe The Abbott government has agreed to adopt changes to its controversial plan to force phone and internet firms to keep customers' data for two years.

Tony Abbott confirms two-year deployment of 300 Australians to Iraq

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin on Tuesday.

David Wroe, Mark Kenny Australian troops will remain in Iraq for at least two years under a new and enlarged deployment that will bring a significant risk of deadly insider attacks, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced.

Tony Abbott announces extra 300 Australian troops to be sent to train Iraqis

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

David Wroe An extra 300 Australian troops are being sent to train Iraqis in the fight against the Islamic State terror group, with Tony Abbott refusing to rule out boosting the deployment further.

Australian Defence Force to get its first Muslim Imam

Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert.

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent The Australian Defence Force is set to get its first Muslim Imam as part of a push to attract more recruits from different cultural and language backgrounds.

Tony Abbott knuckles down for khaki recovery with expanded Iraq commitment

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Parliament on Monday.

Mark Kenny, David Wroe The Coalition party room is expected to rubber stamp an expansion of Australia's military commitment to Iraq as early as Tuesday as Prime Minister Tony Abbott moves to capitalise on a poll recovery...

Travel to terrorism hotspot of Mosul in Iraq banned by Abbott government

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

David Wroe Iraq's second-largest city Mosul, which is in the hands of the Islamic State terror group, has been named as the Abbott government's second terrorism "declared zone", making it an offence to travel...

Australian Council for International Development warns aid cuts will hurt global relations


David Wroe and Sarah Whyte The ACFID has called for the aid budget to be restored by $1 billion in this year's May budget and another $2.7 billion to be repaired in the forward estimates.

Lack of explanation on metadata only adds to confusion

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David Wroe The government knows data retention was never going to be a vote winner. Labor, meanwhile, is scared of being painted as soft on national security.

Phone, internet data to be stored for two years with Labor expected to back new laws

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's party is expected to back new data retention laws if the government accepts a committee's suggested changes.

David Wroe, Ben Grubb, Hannah Francis Phone and internet records for every Australian will be kept for at least two years with Labor expected to back the Abbott government's controversial new 'data retention' laws.

$630m in counter-terror funding yet to be spent

Prime Minister Tony Abbott delivers his speech on national security on Monday.

David Wroe A $630 million counter-terrorism funding boost the Abbott government announced six months ago has still not begun to flow to the country's national security agencies, Fairfax Media can reveal.

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Julie Bishop warns on jihadi brides

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin during a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday.

David Wroe Up to 40 Australian women have either joined terror groups abroad or are supporting them from home, the Abbott government has said as it prepares to expand the nation's contribution to the fight...

Australia and New Zealand poised to partner on Iraq training mission

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin during a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday.

David Wroe The chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin has confirmed he has worked with his Kiwi counterpart on a further training mission to Iraq but says "no final decision" has been made by the Abbott...

Angus Campbell to become Australia's next Chief of Army

Lieutenant General Angus Campbell will become Australia's next Chief of Army.

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent The Abbott government's point man on border protection, Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell, is to become Australia's next Chief of Army.

US military chief Martin Dempsey urges stronger Australian relationship with Indonesia

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: General Martin Dempsey.

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent The United States' most senior military commander says he would like to see Australia build its relationship with Indonesia in order to boost stability in the South-East Asian region.

Terrorists may be locked out forever

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Mark Kenny and David Wroe Australian nationals fighting with terror groups abroad face suspension of their citizenship rights under a dramatic strengthening of counter-terrorism measures extending to border control unveiled...

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Tony Abbott's speech may increase Muslim feelings of alienation

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David Wroe There were three key issues raised in Tony Abbott's heralded national security speech on Monday. All of them are problematic.

Australia to play key role as Iran broker with Julie Bishop to visit Tehran

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop will visit Tehran in April.

Mark Kenny, David Wroe Julie Bishop is to become the first senior Australian government figure to visit Iran in more than a decade and only the second senior Western leader over that same period, when she travels to Tehran...

ASIO cases soar as Abbott announces terrorism czar

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will on Monday announce the creation of new strategies for counter-terrorism, combating violent extremism and building community cohesion.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The number of high-priority ASIO terrorism investigations has doubled to 400 in the past year in what Tony Abbott will today warn is a "long-term era" of heightened national security threat.

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