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.

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.

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

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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...

MH370 search hampered by terrible weather

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David Wroe, Tom Allard, Rania Spooner, Lindsay Murdoch Australian teams are battling temperatures close to freezing as they keep up the search for debris from flight MH370, needing to be rotated every hour to ensure they can keep a clear look-out.

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.

Missing Malaysia plane: Captain says navy searching for survivors the old-fashioned way

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David Wroe The world's attention may be focussed on the HMAS Success, but the ship's commander, Captain Allison Norris, says her crew is focussed very much on the job at hand.

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...

Chief of the Defence Force David Hurley warns of challenges from expanding region

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David Wroe Australia's military is facing greater challenges to keep ahead of expanding powers in the neighbourhood as it tries to protect trade routes vital to the lifeblood of the economy, Chief of the...

Navy's hazing accused to avoid court martial

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HMAS Ballarat sails into Port Phillip Bay. 
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David Wroe Navy sailors accused of sexually assaulting their comrades in hazing rituals aboard HMAS Ballarat will avoid court martial after the military prosecutor decided there was not enough evidence against...

Malaysia Airlines passport theft echoes al-Qaeda agent's bomb attack

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David Wroe, Rick Feneley A top terrorism expert says the use of stolen passports on flight MH370 ''eerily'' resembles a 1994 attack on a Philippines flight by an al-Qaeda-linked hijacker and represents a ''massive security...

Stolen passports would be detected in Australia, say security leaders

David Wroe Travellers on stolen passports like those used to board the vanished Malaysian Airlines flight are highly unlikely to get into Australia undetected, according to experts and an analysis of...

Reza Barati murder arrests expected within days

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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.

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.

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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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.