Pacific Beat

Pacific Beat

Bruce Hill

Pacific Beat

Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.

Join the team each morning and afternoon on Radio Australia through FM, online stream and shortwave, and through partner stations in the Pacific.


Foreign Minister sets-up Moti inquiry

20 November 2006, 17:10 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea, the newly appointed Foreign Minister Paul Teinsten has authorised a Commission of Inquiry into wanted Australian lawyer Julian Moti's escape from Port Moresby to Solomon Islands.

US military bombers over Korea part of training

20 November 2006, 17:10 AEDT

The United States military base in Guam has played down concern over its manoeuvring of strategic bombers in Korean air space.

Calls for pro-active regional policy

20 November 2006, 13:46 AEDT

Australia's opposition Labor Party says his country's focus on military operations in Iraq has left it underprepared to face challenges in the Pacific.

Calm restored, but concern over food supply

20 November 2006, 13:46 AEDT

Calm appears to have returned to the streets of the Tongan capital, Nuku'alofa, following last week's rioting which left most of the town centre destroyed.

Education Board to lower standards

20 November 2006, 13:46 AEDT

The Board of Education in the CNMI is bitterly divided over plans to lower standards for teacher certification.

Labour party divided over cabinet solidarity

20 November 2006, 13:46 AEDT

When Fiji's power-sharing arrangements came into effect in 1999, they were seen as a bold new path towards ending the country's bitter racial divisions.

RAMSI disappointed over prostitution claims

20 November 2006, 13:46 AEDT

The Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has described as irresponsible claims that its officers are involved with local prostitutes.

Australian troops on standby

17 November 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says Australia has 60 to 100 troops on stand-by to fly to Tonga if requested.

Asian owned businesses hit in riots

17 November 2006, 17:02 AEDT

The Co-editor of Matangi Tonga Online, Mary Fonua has witnessed the rioting in Nuku'alofa.

Six killed in riots

17 November 2006, 17:02 AEDT

The death-toll from Thursday's riot in Tonga has reached six.

Involvement with RAMSI disrupted

17 November 2006, 17:02 AEDT

Confusion over the Australian Government's ban on Papua New Guinea Ministers visiting Australia has disrupted PNG's involvement in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, RAMSI.

Riot could lead to anti-reform backlash

17 November 2006, 11:40 AEDT

A Tongan political scientist says Thursday's riot in Nukualofa could provoke an anti-reform backlash and even lead to outside intervention from Australia and New Zealand.

Tonga, highest human development rate

17 November 2006, 11:40 AEDT

For the first time since the United Nations began releasing its Human Development Index, Tonga has displaced neighbours Samoa as the island with the highest rate of human development in the Pacific.

Better coordination of exports needed

17 November 2006, 11:40 AEDT

Pacific Island agricultural producers must learn to think globally in their marketing and work towards adding value to their product.

Chief Secretary's suspension temporarily lifted

16 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Chief Secretary to the government has appeared in court to challenge his suspension from the job.

Military steps up campaign against police & govt

16 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

The war of words between Fiji's military and the country's government and police force is continuing.

Chaudhry cabinet offer still on the table

16 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says he's still open to the idea of Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry joining his cabinet.

Rioters cause damage to businesses and cars

16 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Rioters in the Tongan capital Nukualofa have damaged several businesses, overturned cars and targeted the Prime Minister's office.

Land recommendations endorsed

16 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Vanuatu's National Development Committee has endorsed all 21 recommendations made by September's National Lands Summit.

Concerns over drop in population

16 November 2006, 12:24 AEDT

Tokelauan authorities are worried about an apparent drop in population, but say they're confident it can remain a living community.

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