David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Indonesia steps up protests against Australia's border protection policies

David Wroe, Daniel Flitton Indonesia has added to its protests against the Abbott government's border protection policies, hauling Australia's ambassador into the foreign affairs ministry for a dressing down.

RAAF scrambles plane to observe Chinese naval exercise

David Wroe Australia scrambled an air force surveillance plane earlier this month to monitor an unannounced Chinese military exercise that took the emerging superpower's ships closer to Australian territory...

Naval breach: Australia could gain from increased Indonesian patrolling

David Wroe Defence experts are playing down tensions over Australia's accidental breaches of Indonesia's waters and say Jakarta's vow to boost its southern sea patrols could even work in Australia's favour.

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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...

Four detainees attempt suicide as others resort to self-harm

Christmas Island detention Centre

David Wroe Asylum seekers in detention on Christmas Island are cutting themselves with glass and razor blades as protests spread to the facility that houses families, sources in the centre say.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison tight-lipped on boat turnbacks

David Wroe The Abbott government is seeking to choke off the flow of asylum-seekers closer to the source countries as signs emerged that the number of people travelling to Indonesia to launch boat journeys had...

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

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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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Anger grows in Indonesia as video emerges of Australian Navy turning asylum-seeker boat around

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David Wroe Australia's turning back of at least one asylum-seeker boat to Indonesia has sparked political anger in Jakarta, with senior politicians warning it could further damage the already fraught...

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.

More woe for Tony Abbott over broken election promises as forecast tips shortfall in new jobs

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

David Wroe The Abbott government faces more pressure over broken election promises as a new analysis shows it will fall well short of its pledge to create a million jobs over five years.

Australian troops leave Tarin Kowt

Leading Aircraftman Noel Klaehn.

David Wroe Last Thursday, Trever and Raelene Klaehn got the call they had been waiting for. Their son Noel, one of Australia's air ground defence guards serving in Afghanistan, would be home by Christmas.

40 asylum seekers rescued after patrol boat damages fishing vessel under tow

Australian Customs and Dept of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) process another boatload of asylum seekers after their arrival at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island.
2nd April 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

David Wroe An Australian Customs patrol boat had to rescue about 40 asylum seekers at the weekend after accidentally ripping the bow of the boat away and causing it to start sinking, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Bulk of drop in boat arrivals was under Labor

David Wroe, Michael Gordon The bulk of the dramatic fall in asylum-seeker boat arrivals happened under Labor's last-ditch Papua New Guinea deal announced before the election campaign, a Fairfax Media analysis shows.

Immigration minister shields ADF in heated briefings on asylum seekers

Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell

David Wroe and Deborah Snow Defence brass were concerned the military could appear politicised through Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell's appearances at the heated weekly border protection briefings held by the government, it...

Sacked 'Jedi Council' soldiers face charges for role in internet sex ring

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Emma Partridge, David Wroe Criminal charges have been recommended against three army members at the centre of the ''Jedi Council'' internet sex ring, Fairfax Media understands.

Jedi Council members face criminal charges over army sex scandal

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Emma Partridge, David Wroe Criminal charges have been recommended against three army members at the centre of the “Jedi Council” internet sex ring, Fairfax Media understands.

Soldiers sacked over Jedi Council sex scandal

David Wroe The army has sacked six soldiers at the centre of the notorious "Jedi Council", whose members swapped grossly demeaning emails and videos about women they had slept with.

Jakarta sparks boat standoff

HMAS Ballarat.

Michael Bachelard, Natalie O'Brien and David Wroe Indonesia has declared it will refuse to take back asylum seekers rescued by Australian ships unless there is a threat to their lives, as a standoff between the countries continued off Java on Friday...

Asylum seeker stand-off delays navy sex assault investigation

Denpasar

David Wroe Military police have been delayed in starting an investigation into possible sexual assaults among navy sailors because the ship involved is helping in the asylum-seeker stand-off with Indonesia.

Indonesian hackers vow payback over Australian spying

Internet hackers

David Wroe Indonesian hackers are vowing a fresh wave of cyber attacks against Australia in retaliation for the spying affair, this time targetting government websites including intelligence agency ASIO.