David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Tougher ASIO laws could jail journalists for revealing operations

David Wroe Australia is poised to install some of the toughest penalties in the world for disclosing the identity of an intelligence agent with the first raft of national security reforms set to pass Parliament.

Australia will supply fleeing Iraqis until safe, says PM

Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks to troops during a visit to  Al Minhad Air Base during an unannounced visit on August 14, 2014. Photo: ADF


David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia will continue flying humanitarian missions over Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq until safety can be guaranteed for the thousands of Yazidi refugees hiding in...

Records add heat to climate debate

heat wave

Peter Hannam and David Wroe A sweltering 2013, Australia's hottest year on record, is the product of climate change and the warming trend is set to continue, experts say.

Navy sailors now on 'war footing' to turn back boats


David Wroe Navy personnel carrying out border protection were quietly stripped of some workplace safety protections and obligations last month in an apparent preparation for dangerous operations such as turning...

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Dead wrong on Manus

Scott Morrison

David Wroe, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott has defended Immigration Minister Scott Morrison against calls for him to be sacked, saying the Australian people would not want a ''wimp'' defending their borders.

Coalition blockade against law, UN says

Asylum seeker boat

Bianca Hall, David Wroe THE United Nations and international law experts say a Coalition plan to block every Sri Lankan asylum seeker boat from reaching Australian waters, without first testing their passengers' refugee...

Federal govt may discard permit price regulation

David Wroe The Gillard government is close to striking a deal with the Greens and independents to ditch plans for a floor price on carbon permits - a move that could cut the cost of carbon pricing to Australian...

Footage of derelict sites shot to deter boats

Aerial view of Nauru

David Wroe THE Immigration Department has been gathering footage on Nauru and Manus Island for ''confronting'' videos aimed at discouraging asylum seekers from getting on boats - even though the facilities...

Carbon changes will hit budget surplus


David Wroe AUSTRALIA'S carbon price will be set by the volatile European market from 2015 under changes announced by the Gillard government that could hit the budget bottom line and cut incentives for switching...

Carbon fix leaves budget exposed

David Wroe Australia's carbon price from 2015 will be set by the volatile European market under changes announced yesterday by the Gillard government that could hit the budget bottom line.

Burn on: PM's dirty power buyback plan up in smoke

Hazelwood power station.

Lenore Taylor and David Wroe Australia's highest-emitting brown coal electricity generators are between $400 million and $1 billion better off than they would have been without the carbon tax, according to new modelling.

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Greens on mission to save iconic sites

Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.

David Wroe Christine Milne has said the mining boom amounts to 'liquidating the environment'.

Miner halts work amid shootings and bribe inquiry

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Tom Allard Jakarta Brian Robins, David Wroe SYDNEY mining company Arc Exploration yesterday announced it had stopped its exploration work on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa amid an investigation by the country's human rights watchdog to...

Greens want investigation into gold miner


David Wroe, Brian Robins THE Greens have demanded the government investigate an Australian mining company's relationship with Indonesian police who opened fire at the weekend on environmental protesters, killing at least two...

High risk of fraud for energy scheme: adviser

David Wroe AN ADVISER on the government's $10 billion clean energy fund has acknowledged there will be ''dodgy people'' trying to win green business financing from taxpayers, after the US launched a review of...

Fears edict will cost 60,000 homeowners

Alexandra Smith, David Wroe As many as 60,000 homeowners will now miss out on significant savings if they install a solar hot water system after the federal government's decision to axe the rebate for the renewable bonus scheme.

Windsor won't back Oakeshott's forestry plan


David Wroe A CONTROVERSIAL push by the independent MP Rob Oakeshott to allow forestry companies to earn renewable-energy subsidies by burning native forest wood looks set to be shot down, with fellow...

Windsor opposes forestry burning plan

Independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor disagree on forestry burning.

By David Wroe Controversial forestry plan from crossbench MP Rob Oakeshott looks set to be shot down.

Murray-Darling plan 'fails'

Murray- Darling

David Wroe The South Australian government attacks efforts to rescue the Murray-Darling river system.

Watchdog on trail of power trio

David Wroe The competition watchdog has agreed to look at complaints from the Greens that three big power companies, AGL, Origin and TRUenergy, are using their market clout to frustrate the roll-out of...

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