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

CSIRO could rent out its prized research ship to oil and gas companies

RV Investigator.

Andrew Darby Research scientists are competing for the limited time aboard the CSIRO's marine science flagship, RV Investigator.

Cadbury to axe 80 jobs, but failure of Tony Abbott's $16m election grant 'not to blame'

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

Andrew Darby Cadbury is to sack 80 people in Hobart, as the venerable chocolate maker's rocky road rolls on following the loss of a $16 million Federal Government grant.

Loggers face 'rorts' investigation over compensation payouts

Loggers are accused of rorting compensation to leave the industry.

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.

State Greens MP Nick McKim confirms bid for Christine Milne's federal Senate seat

Nick McKim is seeking a switch to federal politics.

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.

Greens begin urgent search for Senate successor to Christine Milne in Tasmania

Greens leader Senator Christine Milne and Greens MP Adam Bandt address the media.

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.

Largest fish trawler Geelong Star arrives in Australian waters

The sharks circle the fish off Surf Beach.

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.

Tony Abbott's sweet Cadbury deal collapses

Andrew Darby Prime Minister Tony Abbott's controversial $16 million election sweetener for a Cadbury's expansion has collapsed.

Tuna fishers defend $320,000 donation to Liberal Party

Tuna caught in Port Lincoln to be packed and shipped to Japan.

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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