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.


PM to details use of military against Japanese whalers

17 December 2007, 16:56 AEDT

Australia's Prime Minister has dismissed Japan's claim that it is killing whales for scientific purposes.

MRDC challenges Ombudsman's power to investigate

17 December 2007, 15:28 AEDT

The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea has reserved its decision on whether the Ombudsman Commission has the jurisdiction to inquire into activities of the Mineral Resource Development Corporation, MRDC.

Sogavare - I did nothing wrong

14 December 2007, 17:04 AEDT

Solomon Islands caretaker Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has appealed to the people of Solomon Islands to remain calm following his removal yesterday.

SOLOMON IS:Opposition meeting to decide on PM candidate

14 December 2007, 16:59 AEDT

The Solomon Islands parliamentary opposition is holding a closed caucus meeting to decide on who will be their candidate as prime minister.

Australia to rebuild relations with PNG

14 December 2007, 16:57 AEDT

Australia's new Prime Minister is reaching out to rebuild damaged relations with Papua New Guinea.

Opposition welcomes Australia's move

14 December 2007, 16:54 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Opposition Party has welcomed Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's move to resume bilateral talks between the two countries.

Volcano monitoring equipment damaged

14 December 2007, 16:53 AEDT

Vandalized monitoring equipment, has made it increasingly difficult for Papua New Guinea's Rabaul Volano Observatory, to monitor recent activity on Karkar Island in the Madang province.

Leading the way on renewable energy

14 December 2007, 16:51 AEDT

As the world's Environment Ministers meet in Bali to map the way forward for a post-Kyoto agreeement to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emmissions, Fiji is showing just what can be done with sufficient will.

Former Speaker & PM says ousting a present

14 December 2007, 16:50 AEDT

A veteran Solomon Islands politician and former speaker of Parliament, Paul Tovua says the removal of Prime Minister Sogavare is an early Christmas present for the nation.

Time for reflection on Sogarare's reign

14 December 2007, 16:47 AEDT

The deposed Solomon Islands Prime Minister Monassah Sogavare was criticised by the opposition for his stand in support of attorney-general Julian Moti and for his overt opposition to the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI.

Sogavare ousted as Prime Minister

13 December 2007, 18:40 AEDT

In Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has been ousted from office.

Calm amidst tight security

13 December 2007, 16:50 AEDT

Solomon Islands police with the assistance of regional police and military personnel are providing tight security in Honiara during the parliament sitting.

Parliament debating no-confidence motion

13 December 2007, 16:50 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, the political future of Manasseh Sogavare as Prime Minister is being debated by parliament.

Commonwealth steps in to assist PM's dialogue

13 December 2007, 16:32 AEDT

The Commonwealth's Special Envoy to Fiji has been given the task of trying to establish dialogue between opposing leaders in the country.

Application to dismiss charges against 4 Fijians

13 December 2007, 12:15 AEDT

In Bougainville, lawyers representing four Fijian's charged with organising and training an army for rebel leader Noah Musinku, have made an application to have the matter dismissed.

Court clears way for no-confidence motion

12 December 2007, 16:08 AEDT

The Solomon Islands High Court has cleared the way for a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to be tabled in parliament.

Mobile phone company claims contribution to economy

12 December 2007, 14:57 AEDT

The Mobile phone company Digicel says it has contributed significantly to the economy of Papua New Guinea.

Opposition to dispute election result in court

12 December 2007, 14:56 AEDT

The Marshall Islands opposition says it will be using the courts to dispute results from its national election.

New Japanese ambassador defends whale hunt

12 December 2007, 14:54 AEDT

Japan's new ambassador to Australia says the harvesting of whales is lawful and in line with international conventions.

Exxon Mobil gas project most likely to succeed- JP Morgan

12 December 2007, 14:52 AEDT

The Exxon-Mobil Oil Search joint venture plan for a liquified natural gas development in Papua New Guinea has the best chance of all the gas projects under development in the Australiasian region of being delivered on time, according to the international investment Bank, JP Morgan.

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