David Wroe

David Wroe

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

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.

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...

PNG refuses to guarantee boat turnaround target of 48 hours

An asylum seeker from Iran.

David Wroe Papua New Guinea has cast doubt on the Abbott government's target of transferring asylum seekers to Manus Island within 48 hours.

Undersea kelp beds listed as endangered

David Wroe They are the mighty rainforests of the ocean, towering up to 25 metres from the seabed. And as with many forests on land, the giant kelp jungles in the waters off southeast Australia are threatened...

Murray-Darling rescue not out of the water yet, says frustrated minister

David Wroe NSW has warned there are still major hurdles to be overcome before an agreement can be reached to save the ailing Murray-Darling river system, as the clock ticks down on finalising a deal this year.

Super trawler caught in legal net

Margiris super trawler

David Wroe The controversial Abel Tasman super trawler faces a two-year ban on fishing in Australian waters under planned changes to environmental law that have been hailed by recreational fishers but will cost...

Netherlands raises trawler ban with EU

Greenpeace activists close in on the Margiris yesterday.

David Wroe The Dutch government has raised its concerns about the last-minute ban on the controversial Abel Tasman supertrawler with the European Union, potentially inflaming the international backlash against...

Trawler firm takes legal path, facing loss from ban

super-trawler..

David Wroe, Lenore Taylor THE Australian operator of the controversial super trawler facing a two-year ban by the federal government has given the strongest indication yet it will take legal action, insisting it will not...

Risks of net gain

Risks of the net gain. Insight.

David Wroe, Nicky Phillips and Ben Cubby What makes the issue of a super trawler in our waters a powerful one is that - like coal-seam gas - it brings together groups that have traditionally been at odds with one another - in this case,...

Super trawler ban may go to court

The super trawler's Australian operator stands to lose millions of dollars.

David Wroe and Lenore Taylor The Australian operator of the controversial super trawler facing a two-year ban by the federal government has given the strongest indication yet that it will take legal action.

Reduced irrigation key to river quality

David Wroe The ailing Murray-Darling basin could get a bigger than expected injection of water after fresh modelling found the river system would be much better off if irrigation volumes were cut by more than...

Tasmania mining talks collapse

Scott Jordan.

David Wroe Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness is set for a Franklin Dam-style showdown after talks between green groups and unions over disputed mining projects collapsed yesterday.

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.

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?

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.

Details missing in basin consultation

David Wroe Critics from both sides of the controversial draft plan to save the Murray-Darling Basin are branding the 20-week public consultation a farce because important pieces of information needed to...

Murray-Darling plan 'fails'

Murray- Darling

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

Burke ready to go over state heads

David Wroe, Adam Morton, Tom Arup Water Minister Tony Burke has vowed he will press ahead with a plan to rescue the ailing Murray-Darling river system this year even if it means brushing aside states that refuse to sign up.

River ultimatum to states: with or without you

Dr Ben Gawne, director of the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre.

David Wroe, Adam Morton and Tom Arup Water Minister Tony Burke has vowed to press ahead with a plan to rescue the ailing Murray-Darling river system this year even if it means brushing aside states that refuse to sign up.

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Fed, Qld govts at odds over reef impact

David Wroe Gina Rinehart's $6.4 billion Alpha coal mine faces delays after becoming caught in a ''green tape'' battle between the federal and Queensland governments over the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.