David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Forces hunt rogue Afghan soldier

Dylan Welch, David Wroe The hunt for the rogue Afghan soldier who mowed down five Australian soldiers, killing three, continues as Julia Gillard described as ''ugly language'' a comment by independent Andrew Wilkie that she...

PM deflects 'blood on hands' jibe from Wilkie

 Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald.

Dylan Welch, David Wroe THE hunt for the rogue Afghan soldier who mowed down five Australian soldiers, killing three, continued yesterday as Julia Gillard described as ''ugly language'' a comment by the independent MP...

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'.

Newman reverses ban on uranium

David Wroe Queensland government overturns decades-long ban as conservationists attack move as a broken promise.

Murray plan to launch a new wave of brawls

The wool boom as experiencesd through Rob McBride of Tolarno Station in Western NSW. Generic Darling River, Murray Darling Basin, water allocation,  irrigation, drought. April 2011 AFR photo Louie Douvis job# 1728052198

David Wroe, Tom Arup The Gillard government faces a fresh brawl with the eastern states over its Murray-Darling basin plan after yesterday placating South Australia with a $1.

Australia pulls back in Afghanistan, Timor

Army

Ben Doherty, David Wroe Australian troops have withdrawn from all forward operating bases and patrol bases in Uruzgan, and handed over control of security in the province to Afghan forces.

PM blasts Liberals on voluntary voting

David Wroe Prime Minister Julia Gillard has accused the Liberal Party of trying to make democracy ''the plaything of cashed-up interest groups'' after the Queensland government opened the door to the abolition...

Abbott's first pitch evokes memories of a leader from the past

John Howard, Tony Abbott

David Wroe Tony Abbott made two things clear in his response to Julia Gillard's surprise election announcement: one, he's all about positivity, and two, he means to be John Howard II.

Danger does not compute in cyber war

The creators of Facebook hate pages may be prosecuted.

David Wroe The number of serious cyber attacks investigated by Canberra's defence spy agency doubled last year, new figures show, as security experts warn of dangerous complacency in the Australian community...

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Bid to foil North Korea's nuclear ambitions

Bob Carr

David Wroe Australia will urge China this week to clamp down on the flow of technology and equipment crossing its borders into North Korea that could be used by the rogue nation in its nuclear weapons program.

Australia urges tighter ban on North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

David Wroe Australia will urge China this week to clamp down on the flow of technology and equipment crossing its borders into North Korea that could be used by the rogue nation in its nuclear weapons program.

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.

Refugee awaits Cairo reply

Egyptian asylum-seeker Sayed Ahmed Abdellatif.

Daniel Flitton and David Wroe The fate of a refugee who fled the Mubarak regime and was convicted of terrorism charges before escaping to Australia hangs in the balance as federal police wait on advice from Egyptian authorities.

Egyptian authorities to advise on refugee

Refugee

Daniel Flitton, David Wroe The fate of a refugee who fled the Mubarak regime and was convicted of terrorism charges before escaping to Australia hangs in the balance as federal police wait on advice from Egyptian authorities.

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?

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...

Pokie reform going ahead, says Wilkie

Progress is being made towards a May deadline to put in place measures aimed at limiting what gamblers could bet and lose.

Andrew Darby, David Wroe THE pokies-reform MP Andrew Wilkie has brushed aside doubts about the government's commitment to tackling problem gambling, insisting that reforms to limit pokie losses will materialise.

Straight talk over gay issues on menu

David Wroe Gay marriage proved a headache for Julia Gillard at her party's conference in December. But in the current climate, she just might be relieved to talk on a subject that doesn't involve her foreign...

Quick move to show policy differences

Bianca Hall, David Wroe In a bid to start distinguishing himself from Julia Gillard on policies and ideas, Kevin Rudd yesterday made a pitch to colleagues and the nation on the economy, education and health.

Challenger makes pitch to business on carbon price

David Wroe In a major pitch to businesses worried about the high starting price of $23 a tonne under the carbon tax, Kevin Rudd indicated yesterday he would review the tax after six months and make changes that...