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.


Destruction of newspaper "untimely"

28 August 2007, 16:18 AEST

The editor of Newsline Samoa, Cherelle Jackson, says the cause of the fire which gutted the newspaper's headquarters in Apia is still being investigated.

Unlicensed doctors won't be given training

28 August 2007, 16:18 AEST

Guam Memorial Hospital has cancelled its plan to train unlicensed doctors from the Philippines who'd been working at the facility.

HIV infected people buried alive in Highlands

28 August 2007, 16:18 AEST

Distressing stories have emerged from Papua New Guinea where it's been reported that people with HIV/AIDS are being buried alive by relatives in the country's Southern Highlands.

Deposed PM claims military blocking his return

28 August 2007, 16:18 AEST

Fiji's deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says his attempt to return to Suva this Friday has been thwarted by Fiji's military government.

Commodore refuses reconciliation offer

28 August 2007, 11:05 AEST

Fiji's Armed Forces chief and Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has flaty refused an offer for amnesty for participants of the 2006 coup.

Exodus of nurses likely to disrupt health care

27 August 2007, 16:15 AEST

Fiji's health care services are facing a potentential crisis now that 50 percent of its senior nurses are considering leaving to work overseas.

Reformist government returned to power

27 August 2007, 16:15 AEST

The people of Nauru have given their reformist government another solid majority in the island's national elections.

Parliament Amends Ramsi Act

27 August 2007, 16:15 AEST

The Solomon Islands parliament yesterday passed a government motion reviewing the legislation that set up Ramsi, the Regional Assistance Mission.

Warning on tuna stocks relaxed

27 August 2007, 16:15 AEST

A scientific committee has relaxed its warnings concerning dwindling tuna stocks in the Pacific.

NGO report slams Australia's "Pacific Solution"

27 August 2007, 11:30 AEST

A report on Australia's policy of keeping asylum seekers on remote Pacific islands claims it's inefficient, unaccountable, and diverts aid from poverty reduction.

Sir Michael Somare seems certain to form new government

27 August 2007, 11:30 AEST

Newly re-elected Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has been working on the make-up of his new Cabinet.

Foreign company gives kiss of life to textile industry

27 August 2007, 11:30 AEST

At a time when many investors have shied away from Fiji, a German-owned textile manufacturer has pledged its willingness to lend a hand.

Overseas Tongans expected to support democracy

27 August 2007, 11:30 AEST

A change to Tonga's laws allowing dual citizenship could have a big impact on the Kingdom's politics, according to the country's pro-democracy movement.

NGO's reject gov't control

27 August 2007, 11:30 AEST

Civil Society groups in Solomon Islands are against moves by the government to control them.

Garment exporters could still qualify for duty free entry

24 August 2007, 15:29 AEST

There are growing fears in Fiji that garment exporters in the island may default in meeting conditions which allow for duty-free entry of their exports into Australia.

Anxious wait for outcome of election polls

24 August 2007, 15:29 AEST

Thousands of people on Nauru will head to the polls tomorrow for the first election since a reforming government took power three years ago.

Community development programs used to protect coral reefs

24 August 2007, 15:29 AEST

Delegates from around the Pacific have converged on the American Samoan capital Pago Pago this week for the 18th US Coral Reef Task Force meeting.

No condoms for female athletes

24 August 2007, 15:29 AEST

One of Samoa's leading HIV AIDS campaigners says he's perplexed and disappointed about a decision by South Pacific Games Organisers to remove female condoms from gift packs intended for athletes.

Sustainable foresty important revenue earner

24 August 2007, 15:29 AEST

Papua New Guinea's care-taker Forest Minister, Patrick Pruaitch has given an undertaking to manage its forests in a sustainable way within 5 years.

Disagreements holding up political reform

24 August 2007, 12:14 AEST

Disagreement over when and how to hold elections are holding up progress within Tonga's tripartite committee on political reform.

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