David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Submarine fire: Navy personnel taken ashore

David Wroe Four Navy submariners have been taken ashore after a fire broke out on one of Australia's Collins Class submarines.

Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs set to axe 900 staff unless naval jobs appear on the horizon

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David Wroe Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs has warned it will have to lay off 900 workers by the middle of next year unless the government sets out a timetable for future naval projects to bridge the so-called...

Manus Island guards on job despite suspect behaviour

Sarah Whyte, David Wroe, Ben Butler The new operators of Manus Island detention centre will continue to use local security staff even though they are implicated in last week's deadly clashes with asylum-seekers.

Dead wrong on Manus

Scott Morrison

David Wroe, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott has defended Immigration Minister Scott Morrison against calls for him to be sacked, saying the Australian people would not want a ''wimp'' defending their borders.

Australia spending $4b on new surveillance planes

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David Wroe Australia set to bolster maritime defences with purchase of eight cutting-edge surveillance planes.

Manus police chief blames Australia for island's chaos

David Wroe Sarah Whyte Manus Island's police chief has blasted the Abbott government's running of the immigration detention camp on the island, suggesting the recent fatal violence could have been avoided.

Manus Island police chief slams Tony Abbott

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David Wroe, Sarah Whyte and Philip Wen Manus Island's police chief has blasted the Abbott government's running of the immigration detention camp on the island, suggesting the recent fatal violence could have been avoided.

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Mistakes by sailors blamed for breach of Indonesian water

David Wroe, Judith Ireland Senior navy officers and customs officials face possible disciplinary action over six incursions into Indonesian waters while turning back asylum-seeker boats under the government's border protection...

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Cameron Baird, Victoria Cross recipient, was 'one of Australia's greatest-ever soldiers'

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David Wroe Special forces soldiers such as those from the 2nd Commando Regiment are known to be a tight-knit bunch.

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

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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.