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

At last, the whale is saved

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and Andrew Darby Tony Abbott remains hopeful that delicately poised free trade agreement negotiations with Tokyo will not be derailed by Australia's win in the International Court of Justice against 'scientific'...

International Court of Justice orders Japan to end Antarctic whaling

The Yushin Maru crosses the bow of the Bob Barker at an unsafe distance.

Andrew Darby When the world's last whaling factory ship ,the Nisshin Maru, left the Antarctic at the end of this past summer, it did something different.

Japan disappointed but conservationists cheer over ICJ's whaling ruling


Mark Kenny, Andrew Darby Prime Minister Tony Abbott remains hopeful that delicately poised Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Tokyo will not be derailed by Australia's win in the International Court of Justice against...

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Japan will abide by court's whaling decision

Koji Tsuruoka

James Massola and Andrew Darby Japan will respect an International Court of Justice order to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, despite "deep disappointment" with the landmark decision, it said on Monday.

International Court of Justice upholds Australia's bid to ban Japanese whaling in Antarctica

minke whale

Andrew Darby The International Court of Justice has upheld Australia's bid to ban Japan's Antarctic whaling program.

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Lara Giddings may stay as Tasmanian Labor leader to help rebuild party


Andrew Darby Outgoing Tasmanian premier Lara Giddings has tried to steady a devastated Labor ship after a historic low vote in the weekend election.

Tasmanian Libs sweep to victory

Tasmanian State Liberal leader Will Hodgman

Andrew Darby Hobart The Liberal Party swept to majority government in Tasmania on Saturday, as voters rejected a divided Labor.

Tasmania's Will Hodgman: Blue blood, jobs and trees


Andrew Darby Will Hodgman looks set to win Saturday's election in Tasmania, ending more than a decade of Labor rule and potentially reigniting the fiery battle over old growth forests. Andrew Darby reports.

Tasmanian Liberals poised to win state election

Tasmanian Opposition Leader Will Hodgman

Andrew Darby Tasmanian Liberal leader Will Hodgman is closing on majority government at Saturday's election after 16 years in opposition, as the electorate turns away from Labor Premier Lara Giddings.

Will Hodgman taking his post-election plan straight from Campbell Newman

Andrew Darby Tasmania's front-running Liberals are said to have copied their first post-election priority in government directly from the playbook of Queensland LNP Premier Campbell Newman.

Clive Palmer denies PUP broke law with Tasmania election ads

Clive Palmer during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 5 March 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Andrew Darby Billionaire party leader Clive Palmer has dismissed claims of electoral advertising breaches in the final days of the Tasmanian election campaign.

Tony Abbott's speech splits brokers of Tasmanian Forest Agreement


Matthew Knott, Andrew Darby A split has emerged among the brokers of the historic Tasmanian forestry peace deal following a speech by Prime Minister Tony Abbott praising timber workers as ''the ultimate conservationists''.

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Decision on Australia's whaling case against Japan due at end of March

Japanese whaling ship, the Yushin Maru No. 1

Andrew Darby The outcome of Australia's legal bid to end Japanese Antarctic whaling is to be announced at month's end.

Tony Abbott pledges to keep super trawler out of Australian waters

Margiris supertrawler.

Andrew Darby Prime Minister Tony Abbott has pledged the temporary ban on a super trawler fishing in Australian waters will remain in place, confirming cross-party opposition to the controversial fishing vessel.

Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists accuse government of failing to take action against Japanese whalers

Sea Shepherd confronts Japanese whalers

Andrew Darby Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd is accusing the Australian government of failing to take action against Japanese whalers.

Sea Shepherd video of whaling kill


Andrew Darby Anti-whaling activists have given a fresh glimpse into the Japanese Antarctic whale hunt.

Senate Estimates hearing: Greg Hunt's Antarctic whaling surveillance aircraft 'not suitable for that task'

Andrew Darby Air Force Chief Geoff Brown has flatly dismissed the usefulness of Environment Minister Greg Hunt's Antarctic whaling surveillance aircraft.

Greg Hunt's whaling patrol 'not up to task' says Air Force Chief Geoff Brown

News-NCH 08.02.13. Williamtown RAAF base hosts 70th anniversary of 41, 42 and 44 wings. Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown. picture by Brock Perks

Andrew Darby Air Force Chief Geoff Brown has thrown doubt on the effectiveness of Environment Minister Greg Hunt's switch to using aircraft to monitor Antarctic whaling.

Japanese whaling ship attacked us, says Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd and Japanese whaler clash in Antarctic

Andrew Darby Japanese whalers trailing steel cables are said to have launched another attack on a Sea Shepherd vessel, forcing it away from the factory ship Nisshin Maru in the Antarctic.

Federal court upholds ban on super trawler Margiris

Margiris supertrawler.

Andrew Darby Federal Court dismisses appeal against ban on controversial super trawler Margiris, upholding decisions by former environment minister Tony Burke against the vessel.