David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Two Australian men wanted for questioning over Reza Berati's death on Manus Island

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Michael Gordon, David Wroe Police investigating the brutal killing of Reza Barati on Manus Island have for the first time been given graphic statements from the asylum seekers who witnessed the slaying, as two Australians...

Asylum seekers give police details of Manus slaying

Peter* (not his real name), was a witness on the Sunday night disturbance at the detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea on Tuesday 25 March 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
(Photo to go with Michael Gordon's feature on Manus Island)

Michael Gordon and David Wroe Police investigating the killing of Reza Barati have for the first time been given graphic statements from witnesses, with two Australians emerging as suspects.

Reza Barati murder: AFP turns down PNG plea for help to interview witnesses

David Wroe The Australian Federal Police has refused a request from Papua New Guinea for an officer to help interview witnesses to the killing of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island in February.

PNG request for police help on Manus Island denied

David Wroe The Australian Federal Police refused a request from Papua New Guinea for an officer to help interview witnesses to the killing of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island.

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Currents, acoustics to play lead role in black box search

Personnel from 11 Squadron, 92 Wing are seen onboard the flight deck of their Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion as they fly over the southern Indian Ocean

David Wroe Ocean scientists expect to narrow down search area for submerged wreckage of MH370 to 2500 square kilometres by working back along ocean currents from any floating debris found in coming days.

Reza Barati murder arrests expected within days

Murdered asylum seeker, Reza Berati . Photo supplied

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte Manus Island police say they are poised to charge several men with the murder of Reza Barati, the asylum seeker killed in a violent confrontation at the island's detention centre.

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.

More woe for Tony Abbott over broken election promises as forecast tips shortfall in new jobs

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

David Wroe The Abbott government faces more pressure over broken election promises as a new analysis shows it will fall well short of its pledge to create a million jobs over five years.

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.

Anger grows in Indonesia as video emerges of Australian Navy turning asylum-seeker boat around

Asylum seeker boat - Christmas Island. 100704.

David Wroe Australia's turning back of at least one asylum-seeker boat to Indonesia has sparked political anger in Jakarta, with senior politicians warning it could further damage the already fraught...

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

Navy

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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Indonesian hackers vow payback over Australian spying

Internet hackers

David Wroe Indonesian hackers are vowing a fresh wave of cyber attacks against Australia in retaliation for the spying affair, this time targetting government websites including intelligence agency ASIO.

Jakarta sparks boat standoff

HMAS Ballarat.

Michael Bachelard, Natalie O'Brien and David Wroe Indonesia has declared it will refuse to take back asylum seekers rescued by Australian ships unless there is a threat to their lives, as a standoff between the countries continued off Java on Friday...

Bulk of drop in boat arrivals was under Labor

David Wroe, Michael Gordon The bulk of the dramatic fall in asylum-seeker boat arrivals happened under Labor's last-ditch Papua New Guinea deal announced before the election campaign, a Fairfax Media analysis shows.

40 asylum seekers rescued after patrol boat damages fishing vessel under tow

Australian Customs and Dept of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) process another boatload of asylum seekers after their arrival at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island.
2nd April 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

David Wroe An Australian Customs patrol boat had to rescue about 40 asylum seekers at the weekend after accidentally ripping the bow of the boat away and causing it to start sinking, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Same old rabble or game-changer?

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe What does the second coming of Kevin Rudd mean for Tony Abbott and the Coalition?

Strategy to win hearts and minds cautiously received

Defence

Deborah Snow and David Wroe Defence white papers only come along every few years and Friday's - just the second since 2000 - was pitched carefully to a domestic as well as an international audience.

ASIO turns its spies onto high-tech espionage

Cyber spy generic.

David Wroe Australia's top spy flags shift in focus for national security agency, with more resources for high-tech espionage after a decade of concentrating on terrorism.

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Changing of the guard for border protection

David Wroe Angus Campbell, the government's pick to head up border protection, is tall and thin, with angular features and a mild speaking voice.

Captain cleared of allowance fraud

David Wroe A high-ranking Navy officer found guilty last year of falsely claiming spousal allowances while having several love affairs has had his conviction quashed on appeal.