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.

Abbott finds his French Connection on emission controls

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe Tony Abbott wants to see strong and binding emissions reductions targets set at next year's major climate conference in Paris, following one-on-one talks with his French counterpart, President...

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G20: Russia say warships heading towards Brisbane are taking part in routine exercise

Russian warship Varyag.

David Wroe A fleet of Russian warships continued to steam south closer to the G20 host city of Brisbane on Thursday as experts stressed the show of force was aimed at the world as a whole, not just Australia.

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New law on intelligence sharing assists targeting of Aussie jihadists

Julie Bishop addresses the National Press Club of Australia.

David Wroe Australia's foreign spies could more easily share intelligence with Defence under proposed new laws, potentially giving the military a greater ability to target Australian citizens fighting with...

Australian special forces unable to join fight against Islamic State until lraq issues visas

In limbo: Australian special forces are waiting for Iraqi visas before they can join the fight against Islamic State.

Peter Hartcher and David Wroe Australia's special forces are elite warriors with a fearsome reputation, but it seems they have met their match in Iraq – the Baghdad bureaucracy.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks of Canada as 'family' after attacks

AFP Officer at Parliament house.

David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared Australians and Canadians to be "family" facing a common danger as federal Parliament stepped up security on Thursday in the wake of the attack in Ottawa.

Counterterrorism laws get the nod with new checks

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David Wroe and Mark Kenny Sweeping counterterrorism laws that include new offences for "advocating" terrorism and visiting terrorism hotspots could be passed by Canberra within a fortnight after the major parties broadly...

Australian commandos to build up Iraqi leadership

Soldiers of the Special Operations Task Group patrol in Oruzgan Province of Afghanistan.

David Wroe Australia's special forces soldiers will have the job of strengthening the leadership cadres of Iraq's forces to prevent the spectacular military collapses that allowed the Islamic State to sweep...

RAAF bombing runs begin

Mark Kenny and David Wroe The Abbott government has committed the nation's military to a new and potentially prolonged and open-ended war in Iraq with RAAF airstrikes authorised immediately and special forces due to enter in...

Air strikes in Iraq tipped to start at weekend

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David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott is tipped to announce on Friday that Australia will begin combat operations against the Islamic State group, and air strikes are expected to begin at the weekend.

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.

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

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...

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.

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.

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...

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.

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...