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 forest deal up in smoke after logging protection repeals

Andrew Darby The Tasmanian Liberal Government has succeeded in unwinding key parts of the peace deal to end the state's forest wars.

Australian arrested in Sea Shepherd whale hunt protest

Sea Shepherd activists being arrested for obstructing a whale hunt in the Faroe Islands.

Andrew Darby An Australian filmmaker arrested in a Faroe Islands protest has described as horrendous a pilot whale hunt she was trying to prevent.

Tasmania's Governor, Peter Underwood gravely ill

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

Andrew Darby Tasmania's Governor, Peter Underwood, AC, is gravely ill after a kidney cancer operation, the state's Government House said on Monday.

Tasmania Governor Peter Underwood remembered

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.

UNESCO rejects 'feeble' Abbott government bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests

Members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community looking over forests in the Florentine Valley in southern Tasmania.

Andrew Darby World Heritage Committee took just seven minutes to summarily dismiss the Abbott government's bid to wind back protection from Tasmanian forests.

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International Court of Justice orders Japan to end Antarctic whaling

Andrew Darby When the world's last whaling factory ship ,the Nisshin Maru, left the Antarctic at the end of this past summer, it did something different.

Tasmania's forests now a defining national issue

Tasmania's Tarkine Forest.

Andrew Darby Is this game on for Tassie's forests? Andrew Darby clears the wood from the trees.

Fresh controversy over factory ships in Australian waters

Andrew Darby A fresh controversy is brewing over the use of factory ships in Australian waters, with a plan to bring in a 4400-tonne east European-owned ship.

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...

Mystery of grand final blood nose

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Andrew Darby Tasmania's deputy premier calls media conference to flatly deny punching man at AFL Grand Final.

Voluntary euthanasia bill voted down

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Tasmanian State Budget, 2012, handed down in Hobart Tasmania
Treasurer and Premier Lara Giddings gives her Budget 2012-13 press conference at the Executive Building in Hobart

Andrew Darby Bill narrowly voted down in the lower house of the Tasmanian parliament by margin of 13-11.

Mawson doubts: hero or heel?

Douglas Mawson

Andrew Darby Australia's polar hero, Douglas Mawson, survived an epic Antarctic ordeal after he deliberately starved his surviving companion to death and possibly ate him, a new book suggests.

Abbott raises global ire after ditching tuna deal

Tuna

Andrew Darby The Abbott government has been rebuked by Japan and New Zealand for ditching Australia's commitment to monitor closely its catch of the endangered southern bluefin tuna.

Australia slammed for shelving tuna count plan

Fisherman harvest Southern Blue fin Tuna from their enclosures 20km out to sea from Port Lincoln. Thursday 17th August 2006. THE AGE NEWS Picture by David Mariuz. dmz060817.001.005

Andrew Darby The Abbott government has been rebuked by Japan and New Zealand for ditching Australia's commitment to closely monitor its catch of the endangered southern bluefin tuna.

Greenpeace activist Colin Russell granted bail

Greenpeace International Radio operator Colin Russell

Andrew Darby Australian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell has been granted bail, the last of the Arctic 30 to leave detention in Russia on hooliganism charges.

Two dead in Tasmanian mining accident

Police diver.

Andrew Darby Australia's oldest operating mine, Mount Lyell, suspended operations after two of its maintenance crew died in a mine shaft fall on Monday.

Nairobi victim laid to rest in Tasmania

Ross Langdon

Andrew Darby, Hobart Ross Langdon, the young Australian architect killed in the Nairobi shopping mall attack, has been buried on the island he left to make good.

Stressed krill first sign of damage

Colourful Krill.

Andrew Darby Turns out it's the little things we need to worry about in climate change.

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...

Armed Russians detain Australian Greenpeace activists

A Greenpeace activist climb up the Prirazlomnaya Arctic oil platform

Andrew Darby Activists are calling for the release of two Australians detained aboard a Greenpeace icebreaker after armed Russian officers stormed it using helicopters and ropes.