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

Apology from Liberals in Tasmania over Mantach failure

Andrew Darby The Liberal Party has moved to clear its record with the Australian Electoral Commission over a $48,000 debt repaid in Tasmania by former director Damien Mantach, as Labor calls for a police...

Eric Abetz distances himself from Mantach scandal, as debt comes under scrutiny

Andrew Darby Senior federal Liberal Eric Abetz has distanced himself from the Mantach funds scandal, as the Australian Electoral Commission confirms it is examining a $48,000 debt repaid to the party.

Pressure on Liberals over funds scandal

Tasmanian Labor leader Bryan Green

Andrew Darby Pressure is rising on the Liberal Party over its funds scandal, with Labor calling for a cover-up over a $48,000 debt in Tasmania to be investigated by the Australian Electoral Commission.

Abetz knew of Mantach debt, says Tasmanian premier

Andrew Darby Senior Federal Liberal, Eric Abetz, has been drawn into the party's funds scandal with a claim he was briefed on a Tasmanian debt long before disgraced state director Damien Mantach's alleged $1.

Russian arrest of Greenpeace Arctic 30 activists illegal, tribunal says

Russian troops boarded and arrested Arctic Sunrise illegally in 2013, a tribunal has found.

Andrew Darby The Greenpeace Arctic 30, whose protest was criticised by the Abbott Government, were illegally arrested by Russia and should be compensated, according to an international tribunal.

Damien Mantach's Liberal debt not questioned by Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman

Tasmanian Liberal Premier Will Hodgman.

Andrew Darby Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman did not ask, and was not told, how former Liberal executive Damien Mantach incurred a $48,000 debt to the state party, ahead of his alleged $1.

Tony Abbott lifts ban on frontbenchers appearing on the ABC's Q&A program

Tony Abbott

Andrew Darby Federal government ministers have been given a green light by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to appear on the ABC program Q&A again.

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Christine Milne's Greens Senate seat goes to Nick McKim

Nick McKim

Andrew Darby The widely tipped Nick McKim will take over the Tasmanian Greens Senate seat vacated by former federal leader Christine Milne, the party announced on Thursday.

Government-dominated tax deductibility inquiry out to get green groups, says Bob Brown

Bob Brown said tax deductibility was available for registered environment groups as a service to taxpayers.

Andrew Darby Environmentalist Bob Brown has accused the Abbott government of a vendetta against green groups, describing threats to strip the groups of their charity status as "an assault on the rights and...

Senator Jacqui Lambie on her rock star status, life as an underdog and why the PM should take her out for lunch

Jacqui Lambie talks about her rock star status.

Andrew Darby The firecracker ex-corporal turned Senator takes time out for Andrew Darby.

Jacqui Lambie Network: Senator plans to run candidates across Australia

'If I have my own brand that could really lift them': Jacqui Lambie said of plans to lead a party of Senate candidates.

Andrew Darby Outspoken Tasmanian independent senator Jacqui Lambie is coming for mainland Australia with plans to run Senate candidates around the country at the next election.

Alexander Spirit tanker stand-off as seafarer jobs go overseas

The Alexander Spirit.

Nick Toscano and Andrew Darby A tense waterfront stand-off is developing over the manning of one of just two coastal fuel tanker ships still crewed by Australians.

Jacqui Lambie likens the Greens to Islamic State in joke to mining industry

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie has compared the Greens with Islamic State.

Andrew Darby Maverick independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has deepened her attack on the Greens, likening the party to the terrorists of Islamic State.

CSIRO could rent out its prized research ship to oil and gas companies

RV Investigator.

Andrew Darby Research scientists are competing for the limited time aboard the CSIRO's marine science flagship, RV Investigator.

Cadbury to axe 80 jobs, but failure of Tony Abbott's $16m election grant 'not to blame'

Then opposition leader Tony Abbott during a visit to the Cadbury factory during the 2013 election campaign.

Andrew Darby Cadbury is to sack 80 people in Hobart, as the venerable chocolate maker's rocky road rolls on following the loss of a $16 million Federal Government grant.

Loggers face 'rorts' investigation over compensation payouts

Loggers are accused of rorting compensation to leave the industry.

Andrew Darby Logging contractors who won chunks of a $61 million federal taxpayer bailout of the collapsed Tasmanian native forest industry are under investigation for fraud and rule-bending.

State Greens MP Nick McKim confirms bid for Christine Milne's federal Senate seat

Nick McKim is seeking a switch to federal politics.

Andrew Darby The former Tasmanian Education Minister, Nick McKim, has confirmed his bid for Christine Milne's Greens Senate seat, at the start of a lengthy pre-selection process.

Greens begin urgent search for Senate successor to Christine Milne in Tasmania

Greens leader Senator Christine Milne and Greens MP Adam Bandt address the media.

Andrew Darby Surprised Tasmanian Greens will start a priority search for a Senate candidate to succeed Christine Milne, despite her assurance she will stay in the chamber after resigning as leader.

Largest fish trawler Geelong Star arrives in Australian waters

The sharks circle the fish off Surf Beach.

Andrew Darby The controversial Dutch-owned factory freezer trawler Geelong Star has arrived in Australia and been given initial Federal Government approval to fish, despite concerted opposition.

Tony Abbott's sweet Cadbury deal collapses

Andrew Darby Prime Minister Tony Abbott's controversial $16 million election sweetener for a Cadbury's expansion has collapsed.