Andrew Darby

Andrew Darby

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

Tuna fishers defend $320,000 donation to Liberal Party

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.

Government accused in failing to act against illegal Southern Ocean toothfish trade

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.

Expert panel warns of supertrawler environmental risks

The Dutch-owned supertrawler Margiris.

Andrew Darby An expert scientific panel has warned of broad environmental risks of a supertrawler in Australia’s small pelagic fishery.

China offers reassurance over its increased activity in Antarctica

China's President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrive in Hobart.

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.

Australia considers next step on Japanese whaling

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.

Australia drives home whaling win at global summit

Environment Minister Greg 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...

Cadbury's controversial tourism facility set to go ahead with $16m taxpayer grant

Then opposition leader Tony Abbott during a visit to the Cadbury factory during the 2013 election campaign.

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...

New Antarctic icebreaker vital to national security, says Abbott

Andrew Darby A new Australian icebreaking ship in Antarctica will be integral to national security, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

New Zealand follows Australia's lead to prevent Japan from whaling again in the Southern Ocean


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.

Tony Abbott's caution has let Japanese whaling off the hook

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe address the media during a joint press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 8 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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.

Abbott government bid to de-list Tasmanian heritage forest dismissed

Tasmania trees

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.

Tasmanian forest censure won't fell wedge politics

Forest recently listed as World Heritage in the Styx Valley, southern Tasmania.

Andrew Darby Threats remain despite the World Heritage Committee's dismissal of the Abbott government's bid to cut back forest protection.

UNESCO rejects 'feeble' Abbott government bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests


Andrew Darby World Heritage Committee took just seven minutes to summarily dismiss the Abbott government's bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests.

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Australia will not negotiate over Tasmanian forest delisting, says minister

Greg Hunt

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.

Committee advised to dismiss Abbott's World Heritage wind-back bid on Tasmanian forests

Fighting for wilderness protection ... Vica Bayley, Tasmanian campaign manager for the Wilderness Society, stands at the end of a forestry road in the recently World Heritage-listed forest in the Styx Valley in southern Tasmania.

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...

Senate puts weight behind push to retain Tasmania forests' World Heritage status

Vica Bayley, Tasmanian campaign manager for the Wilderness Society in disputed World Heritage listed forest in the Styx Valley in southern Tasmania.

Andrew Darby Pressure is mounting on the federal government over its bid to strip Tasmanian forests of World Heritage status, on the eve of a draft decision by a UNESCO committee.

Whale research takes budget hits

Andrew Darby World leading non-lethal whale research is hanging in the balance as the Federal Government cuts a flagship Australian program.

Coalition plan to strip Tasmania forest of World Heritage status was made without external review

Forest recently listed as World Heritage in the Styx Valley, southern Tasmania.

Andrew Darby The federal government's unprecedented bid to strip Tasmanian forests of World Heritage status was put together without any external advice, a Senate committee has heard.

Former senator Brian Harradine remembered as a 'just, principled' man

Former prime minister John Howard at the funeral for former senator Brian Harradine.

Andrew Darby The Catholic Church has farewelled a favourite son, the "just" man, former Senator Brian Harradine.

Abbott urged to ensure Japan abides by whaling decision

World court orders halt to Japan's whaling (Thumbnail)

Andrew Darby The Abbott government has been warned it must ensure that Japan abides by an International Court of Justice ban on Antarctic whaling after lawmakers in Tokyo passed a resolution effectively rejecting...