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
Andrew Darby As a lengthening line of regretful politicians shows, if they're going to play the social media game they need to clearly understand the consequences.
Andrew Darby Controversial unionist Kevin Harkins warned against the recycling of old politicians as he ruled himself out of contention for a Labor Senate vacancy left by the retirement of Tasmania's long-serving...
Andrew Darby THE Greens leader, Christine Milne, has won internal backing to broaden the party's appeal with the choice of a moderate businessman to replace retiring senator Bob Brown.
Andrew Darby There is a hole in our remembrance, and it is Black. We justly remember our dead in wars overseas.
Andrew Darby Two declared candidates for Bob Brown's Tasmanian Senate seat expected other rivals as nominations closed last night.
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Andrew Darby IN A carefully handwritten statement addressed to the ''Ladies and Gentlemen of the press'', Christine Milne launched her first tilt at elected office 23 years ago.
Andrew Darby Bob Brown's role as national lightning rod for progressive environmental politics began in Tasmania exactly 40 years ago.
Andrew Darby Most people have a reason why they think monorails are a joke. I blame Francois Truffaut. The French film-maker's chilling adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 set the scene for a dystopian...
Andrew Darby A report key to settling Tasmania's forests conflict has found the government agency, Forestry Tasmania, is overseeing the logging of public native forests at double the sustainable rate.
Andrew Darby We try to be ethical about our seafood. Then someone new comes along and wags a finger.
Andrew Darby The luckiest political journalist in Australia seems to be Inaudible. Their questions are more frequently asked of the Prime Minister than just about anyone.
Andrew Darby ABORIGINES are claiming a stake in Tasmania's forest peace talks, with a proposal they be made custodians of big new native forest reserves.
Andrew Darby The federal government is spending too much energy defending itself against the merchants of fear and envy over asylum seekers. It doesn't need to.
Andrew Darby Hobart THE $14.8 million Pontville immigration detention centre is being closed after six months' use, despite local pleas to keep it open.
Andrew Darby Whoever said eternal vigilance is the price of liberty clearly didn't foresee drones.
Andrew Darby Excuse me for being a killjoy, but it's time to have a hard look at letting go of the party balloon.
Andrew Darby Heaven knows how young women build good, strong lives in today's struggle between image and reality.
Andrew Darby Some people have sirens and flashing lights for their alarms. We have the wrens. On Friday morning we were on coffee break in the garden, and the wrens went off.
Andrew Darby It takes a lot of grunt to throw a sumo wrestler, but in the end what counts is that extra ounce.