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

Liberals set to seize power in Tasmania

Andrew Darby Hobart The Liberal Party's grasp on majority government in Tasmania strengthened early in the count on Saturday night.

Liberals claim victory in Tasmanian state election

Tasmanian State Liberal leader Will Hodgman

Andrew Darby Winning Liberal leader Will Hodgman claimed an emphatic mandate for change in the Tasmanian election.

New premier, old fight in Tasmania

Andrew Darby Tasmanian premier-elect Will Hodgman has told environment groups their days of holding governments to ransom are over, as he dismissed warnings against reviving the state's forests conflict.

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings sacks Greens ministers ahead of election

Tasmanian Premier and Treasurer Lara Giddings, speaks to the media after the Treasurers' meeting in Canberra, at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 27 November 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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.

Tasmanian pulp mill back as election issue

Andrew Darby A pulp mill will again become a focal point of a Tasmanian state election after Premier Lara Giddings on Thursday flagged legislation that would help secure an environmental permit for the...

Poll shows Liberals cruising for a win in Tasmania

Andrew Darby The first independent opinion poll taken since the Tasmanian state election was called shows the Liberal party headed for majority government on March 15.

Bob Brown to lead Sea Shepherd

Bob Brown

Andrew Darby The former Greens leader will be at the helm of this season's Antarctic campaign against Japanese whalers.

Tasmania's old growth forests win heritage protection

In contrast to denser rainforests that are hard to move through, the Tarkine has a tall, cathedrallike canopy that towers over the open spaces below.
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Andrew Darby After decades of conflict, Tasmania's old growth forests have won protection on the World Heritage list.

Abbott turns his attention to Thomson as weakest link

Tony Abbott

Daniel Flitton, Andrew Darby, Nicole Hasham and Vince Chadwick TONY ABBOTT has homed in on Labor's grip on power after the independent MP Andrew Wilkie withdrew his support for the government.

Stuck in the middle, Giddings takes reins as Premier

Andrew Darby HOBART THE incoming Tasmanian Premier, Lara Giddings, steeped in Labor tradition from the age of three, is set to walk a tightrope between reviving the party and maintaining power-sharing government with...

Personal is political as Giddings takes the reins in Tasmania

Giddings

Andrew Darby THE incoming Tasmanian Premier, Lara Giddings, steeped in Labor tradition from the age of three, is set to walk a tightrope between reviving the party and maintaining power-sharing government with...

Green is the new Brown as businessman takes vacancy

Press conference to announce  Peter Whish-Wilson  as the new Greens Senator to replace Bob Brown.

Andrew Darby Greens leader Christine Milne has won internal backing to broaden the party's appeal with the choice of a moderate businessman to replace the retiring Senator Bob Brown.

Tasmania dips into debt

Andrew Darby Tasmania will fall into net debt, borrowing to pay its bills, as the smallest state battles sluggish economic growth running close to recession.