David Wroe

David Wroe

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

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.

Canberra knows cost of carbon and value of saying nothing

Carbon emmissions

David Wroe IF CARBON could be removed from the atmosphere as efficiently as it has been scrubbed from the latest government carbon tax advertisements, our problems would be solved.

Australian terrorism suspects held under powers introduced by Howard government

David Wroe Counter-terrorism authorities have used for the first time extraordinary, Howard-era powers to hold without charge three suspects arrested in Thursday's terror raids.

Russia may retaliate over fresh sanctions

Russia considering trade retaliation after fresh Australian sanctions over its latest incursions into eastern Ukraine.

David Wroe Russia says it will consider launching a trade retaliation after Australia slapped fresh sanctions on the Kremlin for its latest incursions into eastern Ukraine.

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Australia should not tolerate Russia bullying: ex-US envoy

Demonstrators at the 2014 NATO Summit in Newport, Wales.

David Wroe and Nick Miller in Newport, Wales A former assistant US secretary of state has firmly backed Tony Abbott's push for a more assertive global security stance – including in Ukraine - saying that countries like Australia should...

Don't attack Islamic leaders: ASIO boss

Director-General of Security, David Irvine addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 16 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe David Irvine hits back at suggestions that Muslim leaders

Didgeridoo player to kick off dawn service

Yidinji man, Able Seaman Darren Davies, a boatswain mate on a patrol boat based in Darwin, will be playing the didgeridoo at the start of the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen, Wednesday 23 April 2014.

David Wroe Before the familiar strains of a bugle echo around the Australian War Memorial at Canberra's chilly dawn service, an expected 35,000 people will assemble to the sound of a pulsing didgeridoo.

Missing MH370: Australia to serve as base in hunt for wreckage

John Young.

David Wroe, Tom Allard and Lindsay Murdoch Australia is likely to serve as the base for any investigation of any MH370 wreckage recovered from the Indian Ocean, including the all-important flight recorder that is seen as pivotal to solving...

Abbott's F-35 stealth fighter jet pledge gives local manufacturing a lift

David Wroe The founder of the Melbourne manufacturer Marand learnt his trade at the city's Holden plant. Now his company is making carbon fibre and titanium tails for what is promised to be the most formidable...

Iraq open to military help: ambassador

David Wroe Iraq's ambassador has left the door open to asking for Australia's military help in beating back its bloody insurgency but has warned foreign troops could spark local resentment.

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.

Jakarta demands: stop your boats

David Wroe, Michael Bachelard The Abbott government is on a collision course with Jakarta over boat turnbacks with Indonesia demanding an immediate halt to Canberra's tough border protection policies after navy and Customs ships...

Cameron Baird, Victoria Cross recipient, was 'one of Australia's greatest-ever soldiers'

Baird

David Wroe Special forces soldiers such as those from the 2nd Commando Regiment are known to be a tight-knit bunch.

Manus Island guards on job despite suspect behaviour

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe, Ben Butler The new operators of Manus Island detention centre will continue to use local security staff even though they are implicated in last week's deadly clashes with asylum-seekers.

Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs set to axe 900 staff unless naval jobs appear on the horizon

Lindsay Stratton

David Wroe Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs has warned it will have to lay off 900 workers by the middle of next year unless the government sets out a timetable for future naval projects to bridge the so-called...

Australia urged to address its languishing defence budget, says government adviser

David Wroe, Philip Wen China's sharp military rise underscores the need for Australia to bolster its own defence spending and in particular improve its spying capabilities, an adviser to the government's next defence...

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

Hurley

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...

Don't abandon nation: Afghan ambassador

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten laid wreaths during the Recognition Ceremony in Tarin Kowt.

David Wroe The Afghan ambassador to Australia has warned that the Taliban would be strengthened by mooted cuts to future foreign aid to his country as coalition forces begin to pull out after 12 years of war.

Records add heat to climate debate

heat wave

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.

Boats turned around likely to be kept secret

Scott Morrison

David Wroe The public might never be told whether the Coalition is meeting a key election promise in having the navy turn back asylum seeker boats, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has said.

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