Andrew Darby is the Hobart correspondent for Fairfax Media. His focus is on Australia's interests south of 40 Degrees South - Tasmania, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. He is the author of the internationally published Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling
Andrew Darby Logging contractors who won chunks of a $61 million federal taxpayer bailout of the collapsed Tasmanian native forest industry are under investigation for fraud and rule-bending.
Andrew Darby The former Tasmanian Education Minister, Nick McKim, has confirmed his bid for Christine Milne's Greens Senate seat, at the start of a lengthy pre-selection process.
Andrew Darby Surprised Tasmanian Greens will start a priority search for a Senate candidate to succeed Christine Milne, despite her assurance she will stay in the chamber after resigning as leader.
Andrew Darby The controversial Dutch-owned factory freezer trawler Geelong Star has arrived in Australia and been given initial Federal Government approval to fish, despite concerted opposition.
Andrew Darby Prime Minister Tony Abbott's controversial $16 million election sweetener for a Cadbury's expansion has collapsed.
Andrew Darby Australia's tuna fishers have defended a $320,000 donation to the Liberal Party, rejecting any link to an abrupt policy shift by the Abbott government.
Andrew Darby The federal government is under attack for failing its Southern Ocean patrol duties, leaving others to track down pirate fishers in the illegal toothfish trade.
Andrew Darby An expert scientific panel has warned of broad environmental risks of a supertrawler in Australia’s small pelagic fishery.
Andrew Darby President Xi Jinping has committed China to the peaceful use of Antarctica, saying that the future of humanity hinges on the exploration of the continent's secrets.
Andrew Darby Australia is considering its next move to try to halt Japan's new Antarctic whaling "research", following the Asian power's rejection of an international clampdown on the hunt.
Andrew Darby Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has moved to lock in the International Court of Justice’s decision against Japan’s Antarctic kill, in the first global summit on whaling since...
Andrew Darby A controversial tourism facility at a Cadbury factory partly funded by taxpayer dollars looks set to go ahead, with the chocolate maker announcing the ‘‘globally relevant chocolate...
Andrew Darby A new Australian icebreaking ship in Antarctica will be integral to national security, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Andrew Darby New Zealand is taking the lead from Australia against Antarctic whaling, with a plan that could prevent the Japanese hunt from being renewed in late 2015.
Andrew Darby Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Australia was always going to be overwhelmingly about the things that united the two countries.
Andrew Darby The Tasmanian wilderness appears safe from logging – for now – after the federal government vowed to respect a decision dismissing plans to cut swaths of world heritage listed forest.
Andrew Darby Threats remain despite the World Heritage Committee's dismissal of the Abbott government's bid to cut back forest protection.
Andrew Darby World Heritage Committee took just seven minutes to summarily dismiss the Abbott government's bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests.
Andrew Darby A bid by the Abbott government to reduce world heritage protection for Tasmanian forests is considered likely to fail after it ruled out negotiating with other countries to get its proposal up.
Andrew Darby Australia will push on with a bid to strip long-contested areas of Tasmanian native forests of world heritage listing despite a draft decision against it by the body that advises UNESCO'S World...