David Wroe

David Wroe

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

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

manus island

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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Dead wrong on Manus

Scott Morrison

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.

Navy to investigate hazing ritual claims

David Wroe Vice-Admiral praises sailor who reported alleged bastardisation on HMAS Ballarat.

Defence to investigate hazing acts on navy vessel HMAS Ballarat

The HMAS Ballarat.

David Wroe A navy frigate used to intercept and rescue asylum-seeker vessels to Australia's north is at the centre of a military investigation into bizarre hazing rituals carried out on young sailors.

Navy sailors now on 'war footing' to turn back boats

Navy

David Wroe Navy personnel carrying out border protection were quietly stripped of some workplace safety protections and obligations last month in an apparent preparation for dangerous operations such as turning...

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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.

Skype affair cadet linked to initiation ring

Former ADFA cadets Dylan Deblaquiere, left, and Daniel McDonald, centre, leave the ACT Supreme Court after appearing in relation to the ADFA skype scandal.

Christopher Knaus, David Wroe An Army cadet who secretly streamed images of himself having sex with a female recruit to his friends in the notorious Skype affair has been linked to another, recent case of bastardisation.

Troops 'humiliated' Afghan detainees

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Deborah Snow, David Wroe Afghan detainees captured by the Australian Defence Force and held at a US military prison near Bagram complained to Australian government officials that they were forced to accept humiliatingly...

Afghan detainees 'humiliated in jail'

A US captain silhouetted as he looks on during a media tour of Bagram prison, north of Kabul.

Deborah Snow and David Wroe Afghan detainees captured by Australian soldiers and held at a US military prison near Bagram complained to Australian government officials that they were forced to accept humiliatingly public...

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.

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...

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,...

Allowing supertrawler chief at meeting legal: fishing agency

David Wroe Australia's fisheries authority has hit back at an ombudsman's finding that it broke the law by failing to exclude the supertrawler operator from an advisers' meeting in which fish quota decisions...

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.

Doctors shun Defence's new insurer

Medibank

David Wroe, Daniel Flitton A DOCTORS revolt threatens to cripple military healthcare, with just one in 10 specialists so far signing on to a newly privatised medical scheme for the Defence Force.

Doctors take knife to defence plan

Daniel Flitton, David Wroe A BACKLASH by doctors has forced the military to extend the handover time for the $1.3 billion privatisation of medical treatment for Australian troops.

Afghan killer's mates 'knew intent'

Darwish shot and killed three Australian soldiers. An Afghan interpreter was also killed and seven Australian soldiers were wounded.

David Wroe Comrades of an Afghan soldier who shot and killed three Australian Diggers last year in an insider attack appear to have known in advance of their colleague's intentions.

Wedding pledges to lover 'fantasy', says accused navy captain

Captain Stefan King, in Canberra on Wednesday 28 November 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe A RANKING navy captain who faces charges of rorting his spousal allowances while having several sexual liaisons told a court yesterday he was living in a fantasy world when he made wedding plans with...

Defence suspects may face removal

ADFA recruits.

David Wroe The Defence Force may be asked to suspend or reassign alleged rapists and serious abusers in its ranks while their cases are fully investigated under the Gillard government's new military abuse...