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'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.

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.

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...

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.

Grief for Great Barrier Reef, say environmentalists

GreatBarrierReef

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.

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.

Greenpeace activist Colin Russell arrives home

Colin Russell.

Andrew Darby Freed Greenpeace activist Colin Russell said the Abbott government did too little, too late, to get him out from behind bars in Russia.

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.

Japanese whaler stops close to Australian waters after pursuit

pic downloaded from sea shepherd site. 5/1/2012  A Sea Shepherd small boat crew from the Bob Barker encounters The Yushin Maru #3 harpoon vessel in French Antarctic waters

Photo: Carolina A. Castro/Sea Shepherd

Andrew Darby A Japanese whaling ship pursuing a Sea Shepherd vessel stopped short of Australian waters, letting the activists steam clear and avoiding a confrontation with the federal 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...

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.