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 Governor, Peter Underwood gravely ill

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.