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

Expert panel warns of supertrawler environmental risks

Andrew Darby An expert scientific panel has warned of broad environmental risks of a supertrawler in Australia’s small pelagic fishery.

Law reformer Kate Warner to be new Tasmanian Governor

Map of Tasmania ; state of Tasmania; Tas; Tassie

Andrew Darby Law reformer Kate Warner will be Tasmania's new Governor, in an appointment that brought wide backing.

Blueprint for Antarctica calls for science funding not expansion

A foraging Emperor penguin preens on snow-covered sea ice around the base of the active volcano Mount Erebus, near McMurdo Station, the largest U.S. Science base in Antarctica, December 9, 2006.  REUTERS/Deborah Zabarenko   (ANTARTICA)

Andrew Darby A long-awaited strategic plan for Australia in Antarctica calls for more big science on the frozen continent, but casts a cloud over one of the country's bases.

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.

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.

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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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.

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...

Plan to curb Antarctic expeditions after costly rescue of trapped ship

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Andrew Darby The Australian government is pushing to rein in private operators in the Antarctic after the multimillion-dollar rescue of a University of NSW expedition that became caught in pack ice.

Grief for Great Barrier Reef, say environmentalists

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Tom Arup, Andrew Darby They are two of Australia's most celebrated places of natural beauty, sitting at either end of the country. Both are world heritage protected.

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.

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...

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.