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

Six killed in riots

17 November 2006, 17:02 AEDT

The death-toll from Thursday's riot in Tonga has reached six.

Involvement with RAMSI disrupted

17 November 2006, 17:02 AEDT

Confusion over the Australian Government's ban on Papua New Guinea Ministers visiting Australia has disrupted PNG's involvement in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, RAMSI.

Riot could lead to anti-reform backlash

17 November 2006, 11:40 AEDT

A Tongan political scientist says Thursday's riot in Nukualofa could provoke an anti-reform backlash and even lead to outside intervention from Australia and New Zealand.

Tonga, highest human development rate

17 November 2006, 11:40 AEDT

For the first time since the United Nations began releasing its Human Development Index, Tonga has displaced neighbours Samoa as the island with the highest rate of human development in the Pacific.

Better coordination of exports needed

17 November 2006, 11:40 AEDT

Pacific Island agricultural producers must learn to think globally in their marketing and work towards adding value to their product.

Chief Secretary's suspension temporarily lifted

16 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Chief Secretary to the government has appeared in court to challenge his suspension from the job.

Military steps up campaign against police & govt

16 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

The war of words between Fiji's military and the country's government and police force is continuing.

Chaudhry cabinet offer still on the table

16 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says he's still open to the idea of Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry joining his cabinet.

Rioters cause damage to businesses and cars

16 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Rioters in the Tongan capital Nukualofa have damaged several businesses, overturned cars and targeted the Prime Minister's office.

Land recommendations endorsed

16 November 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Vanuatu's National Development Committee has endorsed all 21 recommendations made by September's National Lands Summit.

Concerns over drop in population

16 November 2006, 12:24 AEDT

Tokelauan authorities are worried about an apparent drop in population, but say they're confident it can remain a living community.

Three senior officials suspended over Moti affair

16 November 2006, 12:24 AEDT

To developments in Papua New Guinea over the Julian Moti Affair.

Tonga and Nauru support "Open Skies"

16 November 2006, 12:24 AEDT

The proposed 'open skies' policy in the Pacific is closer to taking off, with Tonga and Nauru having ratified the agreement.

Ministers assisting Moti's escape suspended

15 November 2006, 16:43 AEDT

After days of speculation, the Papua New Guinea Government has confirmed it has suspended three of the country's most senior officials over the Julian Moti affair.

RAMSI denies involvement with prostitutes

15 November 2006, 16:43 AEDT

The leaders of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands have denied allegations that prostitution is rife at their officers' base east of Honiara.

Minister faces pressure to resign over budget opposition

15 November 2006, 16:28 AEDT

The future of Fiji's multi-party cabinet is under a cloud this week, after a prominent minister announced he couldn't support the government's 2007 budget.

Trade and Fisheries officials in Vanuatu

15 November 2006, 16:28 AEDT

A series of meetings are taking place in Port Vila, Vanuatu involving high level delegations from the Pacific countries of the Africa Caribbean and Pacific the PACP group.

20% population loss figure disputed

15 November 2006, 12:11 AEDT

Authorities on Tokelau are hoping census figures showing a 20 per cent drop in population in the last five years are misleading.

Councillor plans plastic bag ban

15 November 2006, 12:11 AEDT

A Honiara City Councillor has high hopes of introducing an ambitious new law to ban plastic bags in the Solomon Islands' capital.

Calls for tougher misconduct penalties

14 November 2006, 17:00 AEDT

The Papua New Guinea watchdog Ombudsman Commission, is calling for tougher penalties to be handed down to politicians found guilty of misconduct in office.

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