David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Bali nine: Joko Widodo too busy to talk to Tony Abbott about pair on death row

David Wroe Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been too busy to return Tony Abbott's phone call about the fate of the Bali Nine pair on death row, Jakarta's envoy in Australia has said.

Julie Bishop looks to get Australia back on UN Security Council

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Australia is looking to get itself back on the United Nations Security Council just months after finishing a tumultuous two-year term that covered the MH17 crisis and the emergence of the Islamic...

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Another teen would-be jihadist stopped at Sydney Airport

David Wroe ASIO and federal police are investigating a 17-year-old teenager who was stopped by counter-terrorism agents at Sydney Airport from trying to reach the Middle East – the latest in the growing...

Kevin Andrews warns of growing regional submarine forces

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews.

David Wroe Half the world's submarines will be in Australia's region by 2030, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews will warn on Wednesday in a speech underscoring the gravity of choosing the right boats for the...

Cyclone Pam aftermath: Residents struggle to rebuild battered Port Vila

Foreign Affairs Ainister Julie Bishop hugs Christelle Paoka at East Vila school, which is being repaired by an Australian Urban Search and Rescue team.

David Wroe In Port Vila, the clean-up has begun. Two-thirds of the city has power and the supermarkets are open, but fresh food is scarce.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop vows continuing support in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

Relief: Bishop hugs Australian volunteers Mae Eldridge, left and Nina Kerridge rescued from Ambae Island.

David Wroe Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has vowed Australia will remain in Vanuatu for "as long as it takes" to help the country recover from a devastating cyclone, as she confirmed that all Australians are...

Probes of journalists' communications records 'rare', police say

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis says journalists are not the target of the government metadata retention plans.

David Wroe Police have confirmed they have accessed journalists' communications records to investigate leaks despite the Abbott government's insistence that journalists are not the target of its new data...

Cyclone Pam: Australia steps up aid to Vanuatu as 'widespread devastation' becomes clear

Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop and Health minister Sussan Ley announce Australian assistance to Vanuatu at Parliament House on Tuesday.

David Wroe Australian reconnaissance planes scouring the remote south of Vanuatu have spotted "widespread devastation", Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has revealed as the government stepped up relief to the...

Aid arrives on cyclone-devastated Vanuatu as death toll remains unclear

Vanuatu residents begin to clear up after Cyclone Pam roared through the Pacific nation.

David Wroe The Abbott government has flagged a possible further expansion of Australia's relief to cyclone-battered Vanuatu as aid groups warned the Pacific island nation would likely need years of...

Tony Abbott backs second push for mandatory five-year jail terms for gun traffickers

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David Wroe and Amy Corderoy Prime Minister Tony Abbott plans to reintroduce legislation that Labor rebuffed in the Senate just last month.

Xenophon pours water on government's latest pension proposal

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon will talk to the government about the pension, but is not keen on the compromise.

David Wroe Social Services Minister Scott Morrison faces an uphill battle to win Senate support for a cut to the pension indexation rate with key crossbencher Nick Xenophon already casting doubt on the...

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Australian sends aid to cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu

Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu on Friday,

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent Five RAAF planes have been deployed as part of a major relief effort to cyclone-devastated Vanuatu that also includes a Australian aid package of $5 million.

Ex-jihadists could be used to counter extremist message

David Wroe Reformed jihadists who have been to the Middle East and returned home disillusioned could be used as poster boys and girls to combat the tidal wave of extremist propaganda on the internet.

Australia's defence strategy outdated, with major defects: Lowy Institute expert

Professor Alan Dupont of the Lowy Institute.

David Wroe Australia's defence planning is outdated and lacks coherence, relying on old notions of defending the continent from conventional military attack, one of the nation's top strategic thinkers says.

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Tony Abbott still waiting on Joko Widodo to take his call over Bali nine duo

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott was on Tuesday still waiting to speak to Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the Bali Nine case – five days after Mr Abbott requested the conversation.

Islamic State recruit 'wasn't on radar of authorities'

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David Wroe, National Security Correspondent The young Melbourne man at the centre of the latest case of Islamic State recruitment was not on the radar of authorities before he turned up in the Middle East.

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DFAT lodges complaint about treatment of Bali nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Senior Commissioner Djoko Hari Utomo poses for a photo with Andrew Chan.

David Wroe, Su-Lin Tan The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has lodged a formal complaint at the Indonesian embassy about the "general treatment of both Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran". 

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Bali nine executions will taint Australia-Indonesia relations, says experts

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a candlelight vigil for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran on the forecourt of Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 5 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe Diplomatic spats between Jakarta and Canberra have become familiar episodes, often provoking by-the-numbers responses.

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

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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.