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.

Stories

Acting PM sacks Public Services Minister

22 September 2006, 14:56 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Acting Prime Minister says the Public Services Minister has been sacked over concerns about instability in his department and the constant changing of departmental heads.

SOLOMON IS:New Taiwanese Ambassador appointed

22 September 2006, 14:56 AEST

The new Taiwanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, George Chan says he does not see Solomon Islands changing its diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China.

Air Nauru recommence Nauru-Brisbane flights

22 September 2006, 11:09 AEST

Air Nauru now operating as "Our Airline" has recommenced flights between Nauru and Brisbane through the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara.

Plans for MOU with Australia

22 September 2006, 11:09 AEST

The New Caledonia Congress is eager to establish a memorandum of understanding with Australia, focusing on the mining, coral reef management and education sectors.

Fears about lack of preparation for bird flu

22 September 2006, 11:09 AEST

The World Health Organisation has put together a strategy for the Pacific to deal with emerging diseases, especially bird flu.

Australia's Foreign Minister to meet PM

20 September 2006, 15:52 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister says he'll express Australia's outrage when he meets the Solomon Islands Prime Minister at the United Nations in New York.

Snap election to be held

20 September 2006, 15:52 AEST

The Cook Islands goes to the polls in a week's time.

Criticism of Goro project intensifies

20 September 2006, 11:39 AEST

There's renewed pressure on New Caledonia's multi-million dollar Goro Nickel project with a rally and general strike planned in the coming days.

Work continues to get Fijians out of Bougainville

20 September 2006, 11:39 AEST

Authorities in Bougainville say fresh efforts are underway to engage a special envoy to flush out the remaining five Fijians from the No Go Zone area of South Bougainville.

Former MP says vandal attack political

20 September 2006, 11:39 AEST

Former Solomon Islands Finance Minister, Peter Boyers says he believes the vandalism of his company office in Honiara on Sunday night was politically motivated.

Hindus outraged by temple desecrations

19 September 2006, 16:09 AEST

Hindus in Fiji are considering forming vigilante groups to combat a spate of temple desecrations.

Preliminary hearing into MP's court case ends

19 September 2006, 16:09 AEST

The preliminary hearing into the case of one of the two Solomon Islands parliamentarians charged with inciting the April riots in Honiara has concluded in the magistrates court.

Speculation about change of leader

19 September 2006, 16:09 AEST

Speculation is mounting of a possible change of leadership in the Solomon Islands.

The nation farewells King

19 September 2006, 16:09 AEST

The people of Tonga have paid their final respects to King Tupou the Fourth in a funeral that brought the Pacific island kingdom to a standstill on Tuesday.

Police Commissioner wants Police Act changed

19 September 2006, 11:31 AEST

Vanuatu's new Commissioner of Police wants to see the draft changes to the country's Police Act and the Police General Orders put to Cabinet and tabled in parliament as soon as possible.

Diplomatic tensions still simmering

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

The diplomatic tension between Australia and the Solomons is continuing.

Calls for Australia to be more sensitive to Pacific

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

Papua New Guinea has called on Australia to be more sensitive and careful with its relationships with the Pacific, especially Melanesian countries including the Solomon Islands.

Rumours about deputy PM's resignation

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

Solomon Islands, prime minister Manasseh Sogavare is being criticised in the Solomons for continuing with his plans to leave on Tuesday for a meeting at the United Nations in New York.

Finishing touches on royal funeral

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

In Tonga, officials are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the arrangements for Tuesday's funeral for King Taufa'ahau Tupou the IV.

Region agrees to protect whales and dolphins

18 September 2006, 16:14 AEST

A new agreement between nine Pacific countries to protect whales and dolphins is being hailed as a breakthrough in global conservation.

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