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.


Heavy rain hampers voting in election

27 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

A turn out of about ten thousand voters was expected in the Cook Islands general election today.

Opposition critical of budget

27 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

French Polynesia's opposition has criticised President Oscar Temaru's annual budget speech.

Government defends asylum seekers living conditions

27 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

The Nauru government is denying claims in the Australian media that asylum seekers on the island are living in poor conditions.

Border management conference to be held

27 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

Immigration Ministers from across the Pacific are set to gather in Wellington New Zealand next month for a summit on managing the region's borders.

Land summit could result in legislation review

27 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

A land summit being held in Vanuatu could result in a review of the country's land legislation.

Former police chief faces court

27 September 2006, 15:44 AEST

One of Papua New Guinea's former police chiefs has appeared in court over allegations of perverting the course of justice.

Snap election campaign winds up

27 September 2006, 11:09 AEST

Cook Islanders go to the polls today to vote in a snap election called under sharply contested circumstances.

Australia urged to include Pacific in security plans

27 September 2006, 11:09 AEST

Papua New Guinea has urged Australia not to forget her Pacific neighbours while considering security issues with her international friends including the United States and Europe.

Terror threat grows

26 September 2006, 15:49 AEST

Security officials in American Samoa have dismissed reports linking the Pacific territory with an alleged terrorist plot involving US aircraft.

Premier disputes latest population statistics

26 September 2006, 15:49 AEST

Niue's premier, Young Vivian, insists that a population decline on the island to only 1600 can be reversed.

No committment to free trade zone

26 September 2006, 15:49 AEST

The Vanuatu government has still not made any commitment to the proposed establishment of a Free Trade Zone at Big Bay on the northern island of Santo.

Reform Budget bill signed into law

26 September 2006, 10:21 AEST

For the first time in four years the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has passed a new budget.

War of words again between government and military

25 September 2006, 15:24 AEST

The battle resumed this week between the Fiji government and the military as to who is entitled to run the country.

Police ready if unrest occurs in October

25 September 2006, 15:24 AEST

Solomon Islands police say they're ready in case there's any trouble on the streets when parliament resumes on October 2nd.

Changes expected to general election process

25 September 2006, 15:24 AEST

In Fiji, some major changes are expected to the way general elections are conducted.

Calls for security treaty to be shelved

25 September 2006, 13:07 AEST

Continuing concerns over the proposed security treaty between Australia and Indonesia have forced Papuans to call on the Australian Prime minister not to proceed with the treaty.

Fuel runs out and power outages increase

25 September 2006, 13:07 AEST

The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas' power crisis worsened last week when its fuel supplies from Puerto Rico dried-up.

Honiara plays host to environment scientists

22 September 2006, 14:56 AEST

More than 100 Pacific and international scientists are in Solomon Islands to discuss some of the more pressing environmental challenges facing the region.

Foreign Minister meets Australian counterpart

22 September 2006, 14:56 AEST

Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has met with his counterpart from the Solomon Islands and discussed the diplomatic row between the two countries.

Samoa and Kiribati attend Asian summit

22 September 2006, 14:56 AEST

A summit of the United Nations Environmental Program underway in China has been told about the environmental threats to the Pacific caused by the booming economic development in Asia.

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