David Wroe

David Wroe

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

Soldiers sacked over Jedi Council sex scandal

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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.

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

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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.

Defence all at sea on new submarines

HMAS Collins at Cockburn Sound off the coast of Western Australia.

David Wroe Submarines are the stealthy killers in maritime warfare. They are the queens on the chessboard, the strategic game-changers.

Contact lists taken in surveillance swoop

David Wroe, Ben Grubb Australians' email and instant messaging contact lists are being hoovered up by the nation's electronic intelligence agency under a massive surveillance partnership with the US, top secret documents...

Skype affair cadet linked to initiation ring

Former ADFA cadets Dylan Deblaquiere, left, and Daniel McDonald, centre, leave the ACT Supreme Court after appearing in relation to the ADFA skype scandal.

Christopher Knaus, David Wroe An Army cadet who secretly streamed images of himself having sex with a female recruit to his friends in the notorious Skype affair has been linked to another, recent case of bastardisation.

PNG refuses to guarantee boat turnaround target of 48 hours

An asylum seeker from Iran.

David Wroe Papua New Guinea has cast doubt on the Abbott government's target of transferring asylum seekers to Manus Island within 48 hours.

Boats turned around likely to be kept secret

Scott Morrison

David Wroe The public might never be told whether the Coalition is meeting a key election promise in having the navy turn back asylum seeker boats, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has said.

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Changing of the guard for border protection

David Wroe Angus Campbell, the government's pick to head up border protection, is tall and thin, with angular features and a mild speaking voice.