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 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.
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.
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.
Andrew Darby Tasmanian deputy premier Bryan Green has denied punching a man at the AFL grand final.
Andrew Darby The debate that refuses to die is being argued again.
Tim Colebatch, Andrew Darby Jacqui Lambie defeats Sex Party's Robbie Swan to take out final Senate seat in Tasmania.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.