David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Australian troops leave Tarin Kowt

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.

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


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.

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...

Jedi Council members face criminal charges over army sex scandal


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


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.

Defence to investigate hazing acts on navy vessel HMAS Ballarat

The HMAS Ballarat.

David Wroe A navy frigate used to intercept and rescue asylum-seeker vessels to Australia's north is at the centre of a military investigation into bizarre hazing rituals carried out on young sailors.

Navy to investigate hazing ritual claims

David Wroe Vice-Admiral praises sailor who reported alleged bastardisation on HMAS Ballarat.

Diggers take on Prince Harry in race across the Antarctic

Britain's Prince Harry

David Wroe When Diggers sign up, they swear to "serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors".

Navy initiation rituals at centre of new investigation

David Wroe Defence is facing another scandal with military investigators sent to look into an apparent initiation incident on a navy frigate.

Hazing allegation on navy frigate


David Wroe Defence is facing another embarrassing scandal with military investigators sent to probe an apparent hazing incident on a navy frigate.

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.

Digger forced to kill rogue Afghan soldier: NATO

David Wroe An ''insider attack'' in which an Australian was forced to shoot dead an Afghan soldier who had opened fire on coalition troops happened after an argument between international and Afghan forces,...

Asylum seekers warned

David Wroe The Coalition has vowed that asylum seekers who take up people-smugglers' offers to sneak them into Australia in shipping containers will be sent straight to offshore processing.

Big-bang theory behind army's starting of fire

Fire services.

David Wroe Military demolition specialists who sparked Blue Mountains fire suspected of using too much explosive.

Army explosives exercise ignited State Mine blaze

NSW fire crews fight the State Mine fire.

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte An explosives exercise on an army training base sparked the massive State Mine fire, a Rural Fire Service investigation has confirmed.