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
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Darby The speed with which Foreign Minister Julie Bishop rounded on freed Greenpeace Arctic 30 activist Colin Russell was something to behold.
Andrew Darby Activists from Sea Shepherd Australia have found the Japanese whaling fleet and disrupted the hunt, renewing the Antarctic conflict.
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...
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...
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.
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.
Andrew Darby The onus is now on other governments, such as Australia's, to call out Moscow's failure to honour an international tribunal.
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.
Andrew Darby Head of Greenpeace challenges Prime Minister to speak up for detained Australian activist.
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...
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.
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.
Andrew Darby Australian academics have pointed to dangers that Antarctic bases are for the first time being militarised, despite the continent officially being called a land of peace and science.
Andrew Darby Bill narrowly voted down in the lower house of the Tasmanian parliament by margin of 13-11.
Andrew Darby Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has pulled back from the Coalition's previous firm commitment to sending a patrol ship south to monitor the whaling conflict this summer.
Andrew Darby The benefit of hindsight tells us a there were clear signs Russia was hardening up before the arrest of the Greenpeace Arctic 30.
Andrew Darby Russian accusations unite even Greenpeace's detractors against Moscow.