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

Risks grow for Antarctic life

Andrew Darby Turns out it's the little things we need to worry about in climate change. When they are in trouble a great polar ecosystem might also be having problems.

Australian Colin Russell charged with piracy in Russia over Greenpeace protest

Greenpeace International Radio operator Colin Russell

Andrew Darby Australian marine radio operator Colin Russell has been charged with piracy, as alarm grows over Russia's handling of Greenpeace's Arctic oil drilling protest.

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Tasmanian MP denies grand final punch-up claim

Bryan Green, the new Deputy Premier of Tasmania.

Andrew Darby Tasmanian deputy premier Bryan Green has denied punching a man at the AFL grand final.

Kind words needed as euthanasia debate kicks off again

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Photo by Jason South

Andrew Darby The debate that refuses to die is being argued again.

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Palmer party claims first seat in Tasmania

Tim Colebatch, Andrew Darby Jacqui Lambie defeats Sex Party's Robbie Swan to take out final Senate seat in Tasmania.

Jacqui Lambie celebrates Senate win, switches to Palmer line on carbon tax

Palmer United Party candidate Jacqui Lambie pictured in Burnie yesterday

Andrew Darby In the end, the result was in the hands of "the big man upstairs", newly elected Palmer United senator Jacqui Lambie said. And by that, she didn't mean Clive Palmer.

Supertrawler opponents call on Coalition to hold line

The Margiris supertrawler

Andrew Darby Opponents of supertrawlers in Australian waters are urging the incoming federal government to stick with the current expert study into their potential effects.

Counting chickens comes back to haunt the majors

Andrew Darby One is a well-educated rural community services wonk from north-east Victoria, and the other a hard-scrabble former military police officer from north-west Tasmania.

'I don't back down': PUP's Tasmania candidate Jacqui Lambie warns Tony Abbott


Andrew Darby Jacqui Lambie doesn't have a Senate seat yet, but already the former military policewoman from Tasmania has her sights fixed on Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott.

Milne's final pitch against 'ragtag' right

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Greens member for Melbourne Adam Bandt greets a young Greens fan Aseel Barabiaa at Mt Alexander College polling booth.

Andrew Darby Greens leader Christine Milne has made a final pitch to vote-proof the Senate against control by the Coalition led by Tony Abbott, and fragmented minor right-wing parties.

Coalition push for third ever World Heritage reversal

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Andrew Darby It's a big ask in the last week of a campaign. But among the many things to think about as you weigh up your vote, consider the Arabian Oryx.

Coalition urged to drop plan to delist forests

Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson

Andrew Darby Forests peace negotiators are urging the Coalition to drop its plan to overturn the recent World Heritage inscription of Tasmania's wild native forests.

Coalition promises Antarctic catch-up

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Andrew Darby The Coalition is promising to conduct the first strategic review of Australia's Antarctic priorities in 15 years as it moves to reverse deep cuts to the national program.

Parties united in promise to help the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef.

Ben Cubby, Andrew Darby Judging by the positions taken by all major parties contesting the federal election, everyone wants to save the Great Barrier Reef.

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Talk about Green Island ignores most important risk to future

Andrew Darby

Andrew Darby Just another Green Island day. Among the hundreds of visitors to this coral island off Cairns this day is a noisy Chinese family, clearly on their first foray into the world of the snorkeler.

Labor faces a devil of a time in troubled Tasmania


Andrew Darby When Kevin Rudd visited Tasmania to hand out $100 million, Graeme Elphinstone won a contract to build an ingenious log transport frame for railway wagons.

Fresh threats of legal action to block Tarkine mine

Tarkine, Tasmania.

Andrew Darby Environmentalists are again threatening legal action to stop a controversial iron ore mine in the Tarkine wilderness region in north-west Tasmania after the federal government approved it for a...

Cold War may be over, but Russia still does battle in Antarctica

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Andrew Darby It's been a while since we've had to worry about what Russia is up to at our back door.

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Decision will bring tectonic shift in whaling politics

Humpback whale

Andrew Darby Deputy Foreign Minister Koji Tsuruoka wound up Japan's defence of its Antarctic whaling in the International Court of Justice by reminding Australia of its nightmare.

Japan raises spectre of whaling treaty withdrawal

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Andrew Darby Australia's bid to outlaw scientific whaling by Japan has closed with the Asian power warning a decision against it could force it to quit the International Whaling Commission.