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.


Gas Pipeline to Australia axed

1 February 2007, 17:02 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea to Queensland gas pipeline has been axed with the lead partner, Oil Search, announcing it will suspend work turning instead to developing Liquid Natural Gas and petrochemical projects.

Deposed PM briefs Forum's Eminent Persons Group

1 February 2007, 17:02 AEDT

The Pacific Islands Forum-appointed Eminent Persons Group met with Fiji's deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, at his home village in the Lau Group on Thursday.

Petition to protest against military expansion

1 February 2007, 12:42 AEDT

Activists in Guam have created an online petition protesting against the planned relocation of up to eight thousand US military troops from Japan to the US Territory.

Locals tortured over fishing rights

1 February 2007, 11:32 AEDT

In Papua province, 14 people trying to protect their scarce marine resources from commercial fishing companies have apparently been severely tortured, one of them to death.

Blockage of PNGDF Inquiry visit

31 January 2007, 16:59 AEDT

The Solomon Islands government is maintaining that the PNG Defence Force Board of Inquiry's jurisdiction does not extend to Solomon Islands.

EPG hears allegations of human rights abuses

31 January 2007, 16:59 AEDT

The Pacific Islands Forum's Eminent Person's Group has been holding more meetings with interest groups in Fiji.

Women upset at plans to re-arm police

31 January 2007, 16:59 AEDT

In Solomon Islands some women have taken to the airwaves to fight plans to re-arm part of the country's police force.

Committee set up to help foreign investors

31 January 2007, 16:59 AEDT

Fiji's interim government has set up a top-level committee to look into difficulties being experienced by foreign investors.

Government lawyers strike a pay deal

31 January 2007, 10:47 AEDT

Government lawyers and magistrates in Solomon Islands have called off their plan to strike over better remuneration.

Congressman to chair influential US committee

30 January 2007, 16:41 AEDT

American Samoa's representative in Washington says his elevation to the chairmanship of an influential sub-committee doesn't mean he will stop speaking out on Pacific issues.

EPG meet anti-government NGOs

30 January 2007, 16:41 AEDT

The Pacific Island Forum Eminent Persons' Group is continuing its meetings with representatives of a wide variety of community and political groups in Fiji.

Aluminum smelter proposed for PNG

30 January 2007, 16:33 AEDT

Negotiations are taking place between the Papua New Guinea government and the world's third largest aluminium producer, Rusal Limited towards setting up an aluminium smelter near PNG.

Eminent Persons Group continues consultations

30 January 2007, 14:30 AEDT

The Fiji "Eminent Persons Group this week is looking at ways of helping the country return to democratic rule.

Hundreds displaced by cyclones

30 January 2007, 14:23 AEDT

A battering of back-to-back cyclones, which ripped through French Polynesia last week, has forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Opposition Leader not happy with Kuman defection to government

30 January 2007, 11:37 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Opposition Leader, Peter O'Neill says the defection of his People's National Congress Party M-P, Nick Kuman to the government is not unexpected.

Eminent Person's group begins investigations into coup

29 January 2007, 16:43 AEDT

The Fiji "Eminent Persons Group" has begun its investigations into why last year's coup happened.

Third Pro-democracy MP arrested

29 January 2007, 16:43 AEDT

Police in Tonga have arrested a third Pro-democracy MP in relation to last November's riots in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa.

Eminent Persons Group convene this week

29 January 2007, 11:53 AEDT

Nearly two months after being first mandated, the Pacific Islands Forum "Eminent Persons Group" will convene in Fiji this week.

Speaker not expecting trouble when parliament resumes

29 January 2007, 11:53 AEDT

The Speaker of the Solomon Islands Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea says he does not expect any trouble to happen when parliament resumes for 2007 starting on Thursday.

Australian women farmers providing advice

29 January 2007, 11:53 AEDT

A group of Australian farming women are assisting women farmers in Papua New Guinea to set up their own agricultural association.

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