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

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...

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.