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

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.

Making Muirhead's treatment fit the crime

Andy Muirhead.

Andrew Darby INSIDE Tasmania's bleak Risdon prison, the former ABC personality Andy Muirhead is coming to terms with a new life. Depending on his attitude, that life will include treatment.

End to Tasmanian forest wars will curb logging

The timber industry glibly spurned a compromise to save Tasmanian forests.

Andrew Darby A final deal that should end the generation-old Tasmanian forest wars has been signed, protecting more than 500,000 hectares of native forest.

Historic conservation deal offers peace for Tasmania

logging

Andrew Darby Federal and Tasmanian governments swing in behind state's landmark forests peace deal.

Memories revived as dark inferno revisits Dunalley

A scene of devastation in Dunalley.

Andrew Darby The fire that came for Dunalley brought a dark rhythm with it.

Police begin grim search for fire victims

Burnt houses at Dunalley on the east coast of Tasmania after a bushfire ravaged the town.

Andrew Darby, Hobart and Adrian Lowe Most of the nearly 100 people feared missing in bushfires in Tasmania have been accounted for and no deaths have been recorded so far, police say.

Prepare for more scorchers, Gillard warns

Prime Minister Julia Gillard embraces Summers Bay Road resident Julie Miller.

Andrew Darby, Dunalley, Tasmania Prime Minister Julia Gillard underscored the dangers facing Australia this summer from climate change as she saw Tasmanian bushfire ruins, and warned people to expect more.

Aust lodges protest on S Korea whaling

Andrew Darby South Korea's move to resume whaling could add weight to Australia's legal challenge against Japan's contentious hunt, according to an international law expert.

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.

Wilkie clings to pokies hope

Andrew Wilkie

Andrew Darby Independent MP Andrew Wilkie is today holding on to the hope that his deal with the government can bring "meaningful" poker machine reform into law by his long-standing May deadline.

Pokie reform going ahead, says Wilkie

Progress is being made towards a May deadline to put in place measures aimed at limiting what gamblers could bet and lose.

Andrew Darby, David Wroe THE pokies-reform MP Andrew Wilkie has brushed aside doubts about the government's commitment to tackling problem gambling, insisting that reforms to limit pokie losses will materialise.

Don't take soldiers for granted, warns brigadier

Andrew Darby A MEMORIAL service for the ''ordinary hero'' Corporal Richard Atkinson included a heartfelt military warning against taking for granted Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Tasmania to swear in female premier today

Andrew Darby THE 38-year-old Treasurer of Tasmania, Lara Giddings, will cap a fast rise to the top when she is sworn in as premier today, replacing David Bartlett in a surprise transition.