David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Garden Island naval base faces closure under Kevin Rudd

David Wroe The historic naval base at Garden Island is being considered for closure by the government in a move that is likely to anger top brass inside the Department of Defence.

Naval breach: Australia could gain from increased Indonesian patrolling

David Wroe Defence experts are playing down tensions over Australia's accidental breaches of Indonesia's waters and say Jakarta's vow to boost its southern sea patrols could even work in Australia's favour.

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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.

Officials broke rules on Zygier as case was flicked to ASIO

David Wroe, Tom Allard Two of Australia's highest ranking foreign affairs officials knew of the jailing of Melbourne man Ben Zygier - dubbed ''Prisoner X'' - in Israel but left his consular care in the hands of spy agency...

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?

Failure to intervene: why Canberra turned its back on Prisoner X

David Wroe and Ruth Pollard A government inquiry has reignited concern over the Prisoner X affair.

Asylum seekers allowed to apply for refugee status

Manus Island camp

Michael Gordon, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Rudd government will begin processing the refugee claims of more than 22,000 asylum seekers who arrived by boat since the resumption of offshore processing last year.

Coalition squares up to Jakarta over asylum seeker veto

Bob Carr

David Wroe The Coalition has vowed Indonesia will never have a ''right of veto'' over Australia's asylum-seeker policies as it digs in on its pledge to turn back boats even against Jakarta's wishes.

Rape and torture inquiries put in jeopardy by island transfers

Refugee family

David Wroe Any investigation by Papua New Guinea authorities into alleged rape and torture cases on Manus Island could prove almost impossible because most asylum seekers have already been moved to Australia.

UN doubts refugee safety in Papua New Guinea

Refugees on Manus Island.

Bianca Hall, David Wroe The record number of boats coming to Australia shows no signs of easing, with more than 1000 asylum seekers arriving since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his new plan to stop them.

Dispute over PNG payments


Bianca Hall, David Wroe Papua New Guinea and the Rudd government are at odds over what new infrastructure Australia will pay for as overseas aid under the controversial asylum-seeker deal.

Asylum seekers demand money back from smugglers, says Burke

Bianca Hall, David Wroe, Igor O'Neill The political arms race on border protection appears to be having an effect, with signs boat arrivals are tapering off amid claims by the government that asylum seekers are turning against people...

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.

Defence all at sea on new submarines

HMAS Collins at Cockburn Sound off the coast of Western Australia.

David Wroe Submarines are the stealthy killers in maritime warfare. They are the queens on the chessboard, the strategic game-changers.

Rudd pushes Philippines for help with kidnap case

Warren Rodwell

David Wroe THE Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, has intervened in the case of kidnapped adventurer Warren Rodwell, urging his Philippine counterpart to do everything possible to secure his release from Islamist...

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...

Warning of budget hole with carbon tax

David Wroe Finance Minister Penny Wong has warned that Kevin Rudd's proposal to review the carbon tax after six months with a view to easing the $23-a-tonne starting price could blow a hole in the budget.

Death of Labor elder Bowen, who remained an everyday bloke

Lionel Bowen

David Wroe LIONEL BOWEN lived in the same modest Kensington house - near his beloved Randwick racecourse - for 73 years.