David Wroe

David Wroe

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

David Morrison to share stage with Angelina Jolie after Jedi Council speech

Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison

David Wroe Chief of Army David Morrison was not seeking the international spotlight when he stared fiercely into a camera last June and ordered sexist soldiers to "get out".

Johnston backs Hagel: China destabilising South China Sea

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston

David Wroe Defence Minister David Johnston says the government is "very concerned" by China's "destabilisation" of its neighbourhood in some of the strongest words yet over rising tensions in Asia.

Rise of China may mean Australia must boost spending on defence

David Wroe Australia might have to boost its defence spending by tens of billions in coming years to counter new threats prompted by China's growing assertiveness, influential defence analyst says.

Reza Barati investigation: Scott Morrison hits back at PNG police allegations of Manus Island 'cover-up'

Immigration minister Scott Morrison

David Wroe Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has brushed aside claims by Papua New Guinean police that Australia has hampered the investigation into fatal riots on Manus Island and may even have perpetrated a...

Manus Island tensions reached flashpoint at pre-riot meeting

A still from video footage of a meeting on Manus Island that descended into combative chaos between asylum seekers and security officials.

David Wroe and Michael Gordon Asylum seekers, already angry about the uncertainty they faced, were repeatedly told they would remain in Manus Island's overcrowded detention centre indefinitely at an incendiary pre-riot meeting,...

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Video shows tense meeting before Manus Island riot

Supplied pix. Manus Island scenes of where Asylum seekers are detained, Stills from video of the day before the riot .  Michael Gordon story Age news 21/4/2014

David Wroe, Michael Gordon Asylum seekers already angry about the uncertainty they faced were repeatedly told they would remain in Manus Island's overcrowded detention centre indefinitely at an incendiary pre-riot meeting,...

Scott Morrison stands by hard line at Manus Island as report finds local worker led Reza Barati attack

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to maintain his hardline approach on asylum seekers despite admitting ''great regret'' that urgent security upgrades were not made to Manus Island...

Miles Armitage: Africa's jihadist groups the new threat, says Australia's counter-terrorism ambassador

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David Wroe Australia's new counterterrorism ambassador has singled out the growth of jihadist groups in Africa as a key concern in the post-Bin Laden era, as global terrorism continues to evolve and morph.

Miles Armitage: Africa new axis of global terrorism

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

David Wroe Australia's new counter-terrorism ambassador has singled out the growth of jihadist groups in Africa as a key concern in the post-bin Laden era of global terror.

A Gotye pop hit enters the prolonged Peter Greste court case in Cairo

Speaking out: Australian journalist Peter Greste.

David Wroe Each time Australian government ministers speak to their Egyptian counterparts about the case of jailed journalist Peter Greste, they are asked to respect the other country's legal processes.

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.

G4s security firm warns PNG police dangerous on Manus Island

The processing centre at Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday 25 March 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
(Photo to go with Michael Gordon's feature on Manus Island)

David Wroe, Michael Gordon Security firm G4S warned the Immigration Department before the deadly Manus Island riots that Papua New Guinean police were dangerously unpredictable and could start shooting in an emergency.

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...

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.

Reza Barati murder: AFP turns down PNG plea for help to interview witnesses

David Wroe The Australian Federal Police has refused a request from Papua New Guinea for an officer to help interview witnesses to the killing of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island in February.

PNG request for police help on Manus Island denied

David Wroe The Australian Federal Police refused a request from Papua New Guinea for an officer to help interview witnesses to the killing of asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island.

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

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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...

Asylum seekers give police details of Manus slaying

Peter* (not his real name), was a witness on the Sunday night disturbance at the detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea on Tuesday 25 March 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
(Photo to go with Michael Gordon's feature on Manus Island)

Michael Gordon and David Wroe Police investigating the killing of Reza Barati have for the first time been given graphic statements from witnesses, with two Australians emerging as suspects.

Two Australian men wanted for questioning over Reza Berati's death on Manus Island

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Michael Gordon, David Wroe Police investigating the brutal killing of Reza Barati on Manus Island have for the first time been given graphic statements from the asylum seekers who witnessed the slaying, as two Australians...

MH370 search hampered by terrible weather

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David Wroe, Tom Allard, Rania Spooner, Lindsay Murdoch Australian teams are battling temperatures close to freezing as they keep up the search for debris from flight MH370, needing to be rotated every hour to ensure they can keep a clear look-out.