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.


Speculation Japan will backdown on humpbacks

20 December 2007, 16:53 AEDT

Diplomatic pressure from countries including Australia has Japan on the verge of giving up its plans to kill humpback whales in the Southern Ocean this summer.

Judge rules in favour of nurses

20 December 2007, 16:51 AEDT

Fiji's High Court has ruled in favour of the the Nursing Association's judicial review against the Permanent Secretary and the Labour Minister for failing to refer the trade dispute to arbitration.

Hundreds of Air Pacific passengers stranded

19 December 2007, 17:10 AEDT

The managing director of Air Pacific has described the last few days as his worst nightmare, after electrical faults stranded more than 700 of the airline's passengers.

Opposition claims to have the numbers

19 December 2007, 17:06 AEDT

As Solomon Islands waits anxiously for tomorrow's election of a new prime minister, the opposition says it has the numbers to take over government.

InterOil defends fuel price increases

19 December 2007, 17:04 AEDT

The Canadian oil company which owns Papua New Guinea's first oil refinery has defended an increase in the price of crude oil.

Assassination plotters granted bail

19 December 2007, 17:04 AEDT

The Fiji magistrates court has granted bail to 10 of the accused in the alleged assassination plot against the interim prime minister and senior public servants.

Police prepared for PM election

19 December 2007, 15:13 AEDT

Security will be tight in the Solomon Islands capital during the election for the country's new prime minister tomorrow.

Alarming prices rises and more poverty

19 December 2007, 15:11 AEDT

Fiji's Prices and Incomes Board says there have been alarming rises in the cost of basic food items.

Contempt charges withdrawn against Defence Minister

18 December 2007, 17:34 AEDT

Contempt charges against Papua New Guinea's Defence Minister, Bob Dadae over the Julian Moti affair have been withdrawn from the PNG Supreme court.

Ten thousand protest over traffic change

18 December 2007, 17:34 AEDT

An estimated 10-thousand people have marched through Samoa's capital, Apia, to the parliament building to deliver a petition demanding the overturning of a decision to change the country's traffic flow.

Opposition claiming two defections

18 December 2007, 17:34 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, the opposition appears to have strengthened its chances of taking over government with the likely defection of two ministers.

Vatukoula gold mine to be sold to UK company

18 December 2007, 15:51 AEDT

Fiji's Vautkoula gold mine is to change hands again with the UK-based company, River Diamonds, signing an agreement to become buy out the current owner.

Urgent talks sought over closure of Aus detention centre

18 December 2007, 15:03 AEDT

The decision by the new Australian government to close its asylum seeker processing centre on Nauru has been hailed as an important step by international human rights activists.

US Congressman angry over trip restrictions

18 December 2007, 15:00 AEDT

American Samoa's Congressman has written a letter to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, complaining about the way he was treated during a recent visit to Papua.

Protestors take anger against traffic change to streets

18 December 2007, 11:27 AEDT

A public protest against the Samoa government's decision to switch vehicles to the left hand side of the road is expected to draw thousands today.

Transparency backs Sikua for PM

17 December 2007, 17:23 AEDT

The Executive Officer of Transparency Solomon Islands, Joses Tuhanuku says the Opposition candidate, Derek Sikua would make a better Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.

Two candidates for Prime Minister

17 December 2007, 17:03 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, a former diplomat and long time Foreign Affairs Minister Patteson Oti and an academic and first time Member of Parliament, Derek Sikua are the two candidates for Prime Minister.

Fears close vote for PM could see repeat of 2006

17 December 2007, 17:00 AEDT

The Solomon Islands caretaker Finance Minister fears a repeat of 2006 if the vote for Prime Minister this week is close.

Police Commissioner no regrets taking holidays

17 December 2007, 16:59 AEDT

Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Jahir Khan says returning to his home land Fiji for holidays just prior to the vote-of-no-confidence isn't an issue.

Fiji's Interim PM still banned from NZ

17 December 2007, 16:57 AEDT

New Zealand's Foreign Foreign Minister Winston Peters says his government will not lift the travel bans to allow Fiji's interim prime minster to travel to New Zealand.

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