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

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...

Conservationists win Tarkine legal battle

'[Tarkine] ranges from wild, windswept beaches through extensive buttongrass plains with stunning vistas to impressive rainforests.'

Andrew Darby Conservationists in Tasmania have won a Federal Court action overthrowing the approval by former environment minister Tony Burke of a controversial mine in the Tarkine region.

Dunalley firefighters accused of ignoring warnings

Andrew Darby A bushfire inquiry has found that the Tasmania Fire Service failed to act on computer modelling that showed on the night before the town of Dunalley was hit last January that it was likely to be...

Super trawler deal 'perverted'

Andrew Darby, Linton Besser An initial official green light for a fish quota for the controversial super trawler Margiris came with the active participation of the venture's proponent, a confidential record shows.

Anti-whaling skipper poses problem over arrest notice

December 2, 2012
Captain Paul Watson rejoins the SSS Steve Irwin to command the 
Sea Shepherd fleet during Operation Zero Tolerance

Andrew Darby A DIPLOMATIC headache is developing for the federal government as ground is laid for the wanted Sea Shepherd leader, Paul Watson, to come ashore in Australia.

Andrew Darby

Brown joins anti-whalers

Bob Brown

Andrew Darby Former Greens leader Bob Brown has been appointed a director of Sea Shepherd Australia in a bid to ensure the safety of the anti-whaling group's leader, Paul Watson.

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.

Icebergs holding up polar party

Images of Maurice Cutler in 1956...first Australian

Andrew Darby A CENTURY after Australia's pioneering Antarctic expedition sailed south, the renewed polar national interest is facing a giant ice obstacle.

Call for heritage listing of the Tarkine to head off tin mine

Tarkine Trails, Tasmania

Andrew Darby A BID to restore emergency National Heritage protection to the Tarkine wilderness in Tasmania's north-west has been launched by environmentalists to head off a ''Pilbara-style'' mine in the...

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.