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.


Should the region build up agriculture sector?

19 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

Can Pacific countries abandon their push for guest worker schemes in Australia and New Zealand and instead focus on building up their own agricultural sector to boost employment? That's one of the ideas put foward at a conference underway at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

Former PM wants stand off to end

19 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

A former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Ezekiel Alebua wants the Prime Ministers of Australia and Solomon Islands to stop their confrontational attitude and have dialogue over their current standoff.

Poor prison conditions cited on bail applications

19 October 2006, 11:59 AEST

In Fiji, Suva prison has again come under scrutiny following bail requests from another 35 remand prisoners.

Government accused of being heavy handed

18 October 2006, 16:09 AEST

Australia's Labor Opposition has accused the Government of being heavy-handed, contemptuous and petulant in the row with Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands over the Julian Moti affair.

Privatisation being considered

18 October 2006, 16:09 AEST

The option of privatising some government-run services is being examined in the Cook Islands.

Leaders to travel together

18 October 2006, 16:09 AEST

The leaders of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will be travelling together on an Air Niugini flight to the Pacific Islands Forum summit in Fiji.

Some countries not meeting UN goals

18 October 2006, 16:09 AEST

The Asian Development Bank has delivered a critical assessment of some Pacific countries in a new report on the progress of UN's millennium development goals.

Cancer the second biggest killer

18 October 2006, 11:59 AEST

Cancer has been identified as the number two killer in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

Concern about Pacific aid conditions

17 October 2006, 15:53 AEST

Australia's decision to attach conditions to its aid program in the Pacific has prompted criticism from several quarters, not least of all the Australian opposition.

Military commander tells government do it my way

17 October 2006, 15:53 AEST

Fiji's military commander has delivered an ultimatum to the government to drop what he calls unjust policies or he'll take over the running of the government.

Concern about relations with Australia

17 October 2006, 15:53 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Acting Prime Minister has warned the current political impasse between Australia and PNG over the Julian Moti affair could be detrimental to both countries.

New lawyer continues Moti controversy

17 October 2006, 15:53 AEST

Another twist to the Julian Moti saga has emerged, with the Solomons Government employing the services of another Australian lawyer, in its attempt to get illegal entry charges against Julian Moti dismissed.

Assessment team to assess earthquake damage

17 October 2006, 15:53 AEST

A US Federal Emergency Management Agency damage assessment team has been sent to Hawaii following the recent earthquake.

Aircraft fuel supplies contaminated

17 October 2006, 12:31 AEST

Aircraft fuel supplies to Solomon Islands have been contaminated.

Government rejects corruption allegations

17 October 2006, 12:31 AEST

The Solomon Islands government has defended itself against serious allegations of corruption levelled at it by the Opposition Leader, Fred Fono.

Moti's escape a serious breach of protocol

17 October 2006, 12:31 AEST

Papua New Guinea's relations with Australia have sunk to a new low following Australia's decision to ban PNG's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare from entering Australia.

PM says RAMSI can be replaced

17 October 2006, 12:31 AEST

The Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has told Parliament that RAMSI can be replaced.

Two ministers lose their portfolios

16 October 2006, 16:22 AEST

In Solomon Islands, rumours abound as to the reasons why two government ministers have lost their portfolios.

Australia places travel ban on PNG PM

16 October 2006, 16:12 AEST

Australia has slapped a travel ban on the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare as Canberra's relationship with PNG continues to sour.

Opposition challenging election results

16 October 2006, 16:10 AEST

The election result in the Cook Islands may be decided in the courts.

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