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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.


SOLS; Civil Society groups to meet over Moti and guns

9 July 2007, 16:37 AEST

The swearing-in of Julian Moti and plans to rearm Solomon Islands police will be dicussed at an urgent seminar of Civil society groups on Wednesday in Honiara.

Labour mobility on Forum economic agenda

9 July 2007, 15:55 AEST

The Forum's Economic Minister's meeting will get underway in Palau on Wednesday.

Change in mood concern for Aus/NZ forces

9 July 2007, 15:55 AEST

New Zealand Minister for defence Phil Goff has warned that New Zealand and Australian forces may no longer be welcome in Solomon islands.

Illegal entry at PM's office could be inside job

9 July 2007, 15:55 AEST

Police in Fiji are investigating a break in at the Prime Ministers's office at the weekend.

Julian Moti to be Sworn-in as AG

9 July 2007, 15:16 AEST

The Solomon Islands government is to swear -in fugitive Australian lawyer, Julian Moti as Attorney General tomorrow.

PAPUA; Claims of murder, torture and rape by Indonesian soldiers

9 July 2007, 14:04 AEST

An international human rights group says Indonesia's elite paramilitary corps, Brimob, is still routinely engaging in murder, torture and rape, in its effort to curb the separatist movement in Papua province.

Some nations behind in good governace performance

9 July 2007, 14:03 AEST

A new survey of good governance in the Pacific has found that several countries have stalled in their efforts to improve the way their nations are run.

FIJI:New development program for Vanua Levu

9 July 2007, 14:02 AEST

Fiji's interim cabinet has approved a Northern Development Program to create jobs and foster business activities on the country's struggling second island of Vanua Levu.

irregularities in voting in the Highlands

9 July 2007, 14:01 AEST

Underage voters, people voting on behalf of the deceased and stressed out police, that's the story so far after a week of voting in the PNG national elections.

Voting likely to be extended another 5 days

9 July 2007, 14:01 AEST

It looks highly likely that the polling period in Papua New Guinea's national elections will be extended.

PM emhasises sovereignty to natiion

6 July 2007, 15:45 AEST

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has emphasised the country's sovereignty and independence in an address to the nation to mark Independence day.

voting underway in the capital Port Moresby

6 July 2007, 15:45 AEST

Voting in Papua New Guinea's national election is underway in the national capital district, which encompasses Port Moresby.

Former FBC head "hurt" by abuse of office allegations

6 July 2007, 15:45 AEST

The former head of Fiji's national broadcaster who has been prevented from travelling overseas says he's been very hurt by the incident.

Former Prime Minister jailed

6 July 2007, 15:44 AEST

A former Solomon Islands Prime Minister and former Premier of Guadalcanal Province, Ezekiel Alebua, has been sentenced to three and half years imprisonment.

Landowners protest against the US military

6 July 2007, 9:50 AEST

Landowners in Guam's Urunao district are protesting against access to their properties being blocked off by the US military.

Ousted PM under investigation for corruption

6 July 2007, 9:47 AEST

Outgoing Fiji Independent Commisioner Against Corruption Chief Investigator revealed yesterday that ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is now under investigation over corruption allegations.

Legal draftsman sacked

5 July 2007, 17:30 AEST

The Solomon Islands government has sacked its Legal Draftsman reportedly on orders from Prime Minister Sogavare.

Electoral roll still over inflated say observers

5 July 2007, 15:27 AEST

Local election observers in Papua New Guinea say the country's new electoral roll is still over inflated despite attempts to get rid of ghost names.

AUSTRALIA:Labor's new approach to the Pacific

5 July 2007, 15:27 AEST

Australia's Opposition leader, Kevin Rudd, has unveiled a new foreign policy plan for the Pacific.

A-G offers to help former FBC head with travel ban

5 July 2007, 14:43 AEST

Fiji's Attorney-General says he's offered to assist Francis Herman.

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