A prized $120 million CSIRO ship built to study marine science has been hired out to international energy giants Chevron and BP to help them search for oil and gas in the iconic waters of the Great Australian Bight.
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
He's one of Australia's most deeply experienced, best credentialled diplomats – and he has just weeks to try to persuade Japan not go to whaling in the Antarctic again.
"When it comes to fighting terror we're all in this together. Labor and Liberals, we're all Australians first," says Opposition leader Bill Shorten
Some of the last Antarctic pirate fishers have been dealt a $A2.4 million further blow, as authorities take a stranglehold over their chase for toothfish "white gold".
The long battle to save the Tasmanian devil from its deadly facial cancer is set to pass a vital milestone, with the first release into the wild of immunised animals.
The controversial factory freezer trawler Geelong Star has killed four dolphins and two seals on its first fishing trip in Australian waters.
China has declared plans for an unprecedented expansion of fishing for Antarctic krill, the crustacean at the heart of the polar food web.
Warming ocean water is said to be melting the largest glacier in East Antarctica, underscoring climate change's assault on the continent’s ice cover.
Interpol has disclosed that polar pirate fishers exposed by the New Zealand Navy were operating in waters south of Australia.
A new front is opening in Tasmania's environment wars, as the state government moves to bring tourist development into the previously off-limits World Heritage wilderness.