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

Abbott government to cut 74,000 ha of forest from World Heritage zone

Tasmanian World Heritage Forests

Andrew Darby The federal government will ask UNESCO's World Heritage Committee to strip the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area of 74,000 hectares of highly contentious forest.

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Warning Greg Hunt's plan to reduce Tasmanian world heritage area threatens to reignite forest wars

Environment minister Greg Hunt

Andrew Darby Opponents of Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt's plan to reduce the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area warn forest wars could re-ignite, as a potential new Liberal state government...

We're seeking $2.4m costs for Antarctic rescue: Greg Hunt

This handout image released by the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of New South Wales and taken by Andrew Peacock of www.footloosefotography.com on December 27, 2013 shows the ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy trapped in the ice at sea off Antarctica.  A Chinese icebreaker was on December 27 closing in on the frozen seas where the scientific mission ship was trapped off Antarctica, as those onboard welcomed the easing of blizzard conditions.   The ship, with 74 people on board, has been trapped in ice about 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont D'Urville since December 24.    AFP PHOTO / MANDATORY CREDIT: Andrew Peacock / www.footloosefotography.com       ---EDITORS NOTE ---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

Andrew Darby Environment Minister Greg Hunt has underscored the government's determination to pursue the abortive Akademik Shokalskiy expedition for the full costs to Australia of its Antarctic rescue.

We're seeking $2.4m costs for Antarctic rescue: Greg Hunt

Andrew Darby Environment Minister Greg Hunt has underscored the government's determination to pursue the abortive Akademik Shokalskiy expedition for the full costs to Australia of its Antarctic rescue.

Greg Hunt seeks to wind back World Heritage protection for Tasmanian forests

Styx Valley in Tasmania

Andrew Darby Environment Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed for the first time that the Abbott government will formally seek to wind back World Heritage listing of Tasmania's forests, less than a year after it was...

Plan to curb Antarctic expeditions after costly rescue of trapped ship

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Andrew Darby The Australian government is pushing to rein in private operators in the Antarctic after the multimillion-dollar rescue of a University of NSW expedition that became caught in pack ice.

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings sacks Greens ministers ahead of election

Tasmanian Premier and Treasurer Lara Giddings, speaks to the media after the Treasurers' meeting in Canberra, at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 27 November 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Andrew Darby Tasmanian Labor Premier Lara Giddings is sacking two Greens ministers who supported her minority government as she prepares to announce an election date.

Whaling test for Abbott government

Japanese whaling ship

Andrew Darby A Japanese harpoon ship is said to be approaching Australian waters in the sub-Antarctic, posing a test on whaling for the Abbott government.

Politicians failed Colin Russell, not the consular officials

Greenpeace International activist Colin Russell of Australia stands in a cage during a court hearing to consider the request to extend the detention of 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise Greenpeace International ship in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The 30 people arrested following a Greenpeace protest at an Arctic oil rig were transferred to St. Petersburg from Murmansk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Andrew Darby The speed with which Foreign Minister Julie Bishop rounded on freed Greenpeace Arctic 30 activist Colin Russell was something to behold.

Whaling activists find Japanese fleet

MINKES AWAIT PROCESSING ON JAPANESE FACTORY SHIP NISSHIN MARU.

Andrew Darby Activists from Sea Shepherd Australia have found the Japanese whaling fleet and disrupted the hunt, renewing the Antarctic conflict.

Greg Hunt confirms backing for whaling patrol as decision deadline looms

Whaling

Andrew Darby Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has just hours to meet his self-imposed deadline to make a decision on whether the government will send a patrol ship to the Southern Ocean whaling area, but...

Question mark over Australian government's whaling conflict zone patrol

ACV Ocean Protector at Christmas Island

Andrew Darby Pressure is rising on the Federal Government to clarify its plans to monitor the Antarctic whaling conflict, with a key government patrol ship seen near Christmas Island, thousands of kilometres away...

Japanese whaling fleet heads for annual Antarctic hunt

 Humpback whales

Andrew Darby Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed Australia will again monitor Japanese whalers over the new year, as the fleet sails for its annual hunt.

Early signs Russia may let Arctic 30 Greenpeace activists return home

Greenpeace International activist Colin Russell of Australia stands in a cage during a court hearing to consider the request to extend the detention of 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise Greenpeace International ship in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The 30 people arrested following a Greenpeace protest at an Arctic oil rig were transferred to St. Petersburg from Murmansk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Andrew Darby Lawyers for Greenpeace's Arctic 30 are seeking exit visas for the environmental activists amid signs that Russian authorities may let them leave.

Russia must be held to account in Greenpeace case

Greenpeace International activist Colin Russell.

Andrew Darby The onus is now on other governments, such as Australia's, to call out Moscow's failure to honour an international tribunal.

Greenpeace activist Colin Russell granted bail

Greenpeace International Radio operator Colin Russell

Andrew Darby Australian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell has been granted bail, the last of the Arctic 30 to leave detention in Russia on hooliganism charges.

Greenpeace calls on Abbott to act on detained Arctic 30 activist Colin Russell

Colin Russell.

Andrew Darby Head of Greenpeace challenges Prime Minister to speak up for detained Australian activist.

'I've done nothing wrong,' says jailed Tasmanian activist Colin Russell

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Andrew Darby How does a Tasmanian ship's radio operator become a man fighting a Russian jail term on a hooliganism charge? As Colin Russell recited his background to a court in St Petersburg this week, he seemed...

Abbott raises global ire after ditching tuna deal

Fisherman harvest Southern Blue fin Tuna from their enclosures 20km out to sea from Port Lincoln. Thursday 17th August 2006. THE AGE NEWS Picture by David Mariuz. dmz060817.001.005

Andrew Darby The Abbott government has been rebuked by Japan and New Zealand for ditching Australia's commitment to monitor closely its catch of the endangered southern bluefin tuna.

Greenpeace activists' hopes of early release from Russian detention dashed

A sign in support of Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise

Andrew Darby Hopes of gaining the early release of Greenpeace's Arctic 30 activists have been dashed with Russian authorities decision to revise charges against them, and rule out international arbitration.