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

Tasmania Governor Peter Underwood remembered

Tasmnia's Governor Peter Underwood with former premier David Bartlett.

Andrew Darby Peter Underwood, AC, a British child migrant who grew up to become Chief Justice and then Governor of Tasmania, has died in office after suffering kidney cancer.

Activitists on tail of fleeing Japanese whaling ship

MINKES AWAIT PROCESSING ON JAPANESE FACTORY SHIP NISSHIN MARU.

Andrew Darby Activist ships were clinging grimly to the wake of the Japanese factory ship, Nisshin Maru, after it was caught butchering minke whales in the Antarctic.

Whaling test for Abbott government

Japanese whaling ship

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.

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...

Antarctic collision escalates whaling conflict

Yushin Maru Steve Irwin

Andrew Darby Japanese whaling ships launched a mission to break a conservationist hold on their Antarctic hunt on Sunday, almost shaking their key factory ship free.

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.

Monster fishing ship in Pacific, east of Australia

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Andrew Darby The world's largest fishing vessel, the factory freezer ship Lafayette, has turned up in the Pacific Ocean east of Australia.

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.

Liberals targeted Palmer United Party 'threat' with spin campaign in Tasmanian election

Will Hodgman

Andrew Darby The Tasmanian Liberal Party in Tasmania considered the Palmer United Party such a serious threat to its majority government ambitions in the state election that it hired a corporate spin doctor to...

Same sex marriage debate begins in Tasmania

Andrew Darby Tasmania's bid to be first state to legalise same sex marriage is facing its toughest test in the state's upper house, where an advocate is calling for change though it may end up in the High Court.

Muirhead imprisoned for child pornography

ABC presenter of the Collectors program Andy Muirhead

Andrew Darby ANDY MUIRHEAD often did the unexpected.

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.

Hundreds homeless but hopes up for no fatalities

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Andrew Darby More than 300 people are homeless as a result of the Tasmanian bushfires, according to the state government.

The river runs free and wild

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Andrew Darby The shaggy tea-trees on Rock Island are still there: exactly the same trees, little changed in a generation.

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.

NBN suffers failure to communicate

Aurora NBN Data Centre at Cambridge near Hobart, Tasmania.

Andrew Darby Digital divide still being strongly felt in network's lauch town of Hobart.