David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Malaysia Airlines MH370: Tony Abbott offer to help grieving relatives get to Perth

Lindsay Murdoch, David Wroe, Philip Wen The grieving families of the passengers and crew on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 are clamouring to come to Perth to be nearer the search after a declaration by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak...

Manus Island police chief slams Tony Abbott

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David Wroe, Sarah Whyte and Philip Wen Manus Island's police chief has blasted the Abbott government's running of the immigration detention camp on the island, suggesting the recent fatal violence could have been avoided.

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

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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.

Grieving families of ill-fated MH370 clamour for exodus to Australia

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Lindsay Murdoch, David Wroe and Phillip Wen Families of the 239 passengers and crew on flight MH370 clamouring to travel to Perth to be nearer the search.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: satellite images focus search on southern Indian Ocean

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David Wroe The Australian-led search 2500km south-west of Perth finished for the night without finding any debris from MH370, nor the objects that appeared in the satellite images revealed on Thursday.

At sea level, all hands on deck

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David Wroe China will boost into the hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 by sending as many as seven warships to the search area, even as Prime Minister Tony Abbott sought to rein in expectations...

Malaysia Airlines jet may have stayed low, used commercial routes to avoid radar

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Tom Allard, Lindsay Murdoch, David Wroe Investigators are examining whether the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet flew at low altitude to avoid radar detection and masked its unauthorised journey further by taking known commercial...

Malaysia Airlines jet may have flown low to avoid radar

Tom Allard Lindsay Murdoch David Wroe A possibility the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet may have flown at low altitude to avoid radar detection, further masking its unauthorised journey by taking known commercial routes across...

Mistakes by sailors blamed for breach of Indonesian water

David Wroe, Judith Ireland Senior navy officers and customs officials face possible disciplinary action over six incursions into Indonesian waters while turning back asylum-seeker boats under the government's border protection...

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Manus police chief blames Australia for island's chaos

David Wroe Sarah Whyte Manus Island's police chief has blasted the Abbott government's running of the immigration detention camp on the island, suggesting the recent fatal violence could have been avoided.

Australia spending $4b on new surveillance planes

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David Wroe Australia set to bolster maritime defences with purchase of eight cutting-edge surveillance planes.

Dead wrong on Manus

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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.

Indonesia steps up protests against Australia's border protection policies

David Wroe, Daniel Flitton Indonesia has added to its protests against the Abbott government's border protection policies, hauling Australia's ambassador into the foreign affairs ministry for a dressing down.

Jakarta sparks boat standoff

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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...

Australian troops leave Tarin Kowt

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David Wroe Last Thursday, Trever and Raelene Klaehn got the call they had been waiting for. Their son Noel, one of Australia's air ground defence guards serving in Afghanistan, would be home by Christmas.

Records add heat to climate debate

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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

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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...

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison tight-lipped on boat turnbacks

David Wroe The Abbott government is seeking to choke off the flow of asylum-seekers closer to the source countries as signs emerged that the number of people travelling to Indonesia to launch boat journeys had...

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?

Coalition squares up to Jakarta over asylum seeker veto

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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.