David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Terror hits home: US said to be seeking allies for Iraq bombing raids

David Wroe Australia's Defence Chief has warned the brutal Islamic State group will sooner or later have to be defeated "on the battlefield", as the United States was reportedly preparing to ask Australia for...

ASIO boss says government is fighting terrorism, not Islam

David Wroe Australia's top spy has launched an impassioned appeal to the nation's half a million Muslims not to mistake the Abbott government's counterterrorism push as "fighting Islam".

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Muslim leaders worried about new terror laws

David Wroe The Abbott government faces an uphill battle to win Muslim community support for new counter-terrorism laws and to dispel fears they are fighting Islam, some community leaders and members say.

Religious extremist Musa Cerantonio set to walk free after his deportation

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Lindsay Murdoch, David Wroe Philippine authorities are treating Australian religious extremist Musa Cerantonio as a "high risk and high value" prisoner but he is set to walk free after his imminent deportation to Melbourne.

Australian jihadist arrested in Lebanon

Lebanese Australian cleric Hussam Sabbagh.

David Wroe A prominent Australian jihadist who reportedly commanded 300 militiamen and orchestrated clashes in Syria has been arrested in neighbouring Lebanon.

Jihadist threat to Diggers

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David Wroe Australia's most notorious jihadists fighting in Iraq have issued a macabre threat to Australian soldiers as their ranks received a boost from a prominent Melbourne-born preacher who has joined them...

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...

More university protests expected after Sophie Mirabella's talk disrupted

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David Wroe, Benjamin Preiss Senior members of the government are bracing for more student protests after Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and former Coalition frontbencher Sophie Mirabella were harangued in recent days.

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.

Sex attack cadets still in military

ADF cadets

David Wroe About 10 defence force members suspected of involvement in rapes of female cadets at the Australian Defence Force Academy in the 1990s are still serving in the military, the Chief of the Defence...

Australian diplomat 'aware Zygier being held'

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David Wroe and Ruth Pollard An Australian diplomat knew that Melbourne man Ben Zygier was being held in an Israeli prison before he died in his cell, the government has admitted, amid explosive reports that Mr Zygier was a...

'We failed our duty' to Prisoner X

Ayalon Prison.

David Wroe Melbourne man dubbed 'Prisoner X' received no consular assistance from Australian officials despite the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade having been told of his detention by Israeli...

Department relied on Israel over 'Prisoner X'

Ben Zygier

David Wroe THE Melbourne man dubbed ''Prisoner X'' received no consular assistance from Australian officials despite the Department of Foreign Affairs having been told of his detention by Israeli authorities...

No help from home as official account changes

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David Wroe NINE days ago, the office of the Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, sent written questions to the minister's department seeking advice for a TV interview Carr would record the following evening on the...

Officials broke rules on Zygier as case was flicked to ASIO

David Wroe, Tom Allard Two of Australia's highest ranking foreign affairs officials knew of the jailing of Melbourne man Ben Zygier - dubbed ''Prisoner X'' - in Israel but left his consular care in the hands of spy agency...

Victims of military abuse divided

Defence minister Stephen Smith in his ministerial suite at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 8 March 2012.  Photo: Andrew Meares

David Wroe Opinions differ on whether Defence Minister Stephen Smith has failed victims of abuse.

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.

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.

Firms facing carbon tax cut down to 'under 500'

David Wroe, Jacqueline Williams The number of companies hit by the carbon tax will be considerably lower than the 500 previously thought, it emerged yesterday as the Gillard government published its long-awaited hit list of liable...

Carbon tax may hurt natural disaster zones

Townsville residents

David Wroe Residents of areas hit by natural disasters could face carbon tax bills from rubbish dumps.