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

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.

Claims RAMSI operation won't help Bougainville

14 November 2006, 17:00 AEDT

The Autonomous Bougainville Government in Papua New Guinea has rejected the use of force as a way to bring about peace and normalcy in the troubled parts of the province.

Labour leader offered deputy prime ministers job

14 November 2006, 17:00 AEDT

In Fiji, Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry has confirmed he has been offered the job as deputy prime minister.

Underwood files court challenge to election result

14 November 2006, 17:00 AEDT

Now to Guam, where the Democrats are not taking it lying down, refusing to concede defeat.

Government rejects changes to land ownership

14 November 2006, 13:33 AEDT

The Tongan government has rejected suggestions it needs to change its land ownership system.

French aircraft manufacturer looks to Pacific

14 November 2006, 13:33 AEDT

French-based aircraft manufacturer ATR is riding high on a worldwide increase in demand for its small capacity planes, opening a sales office in Sydney last week to service the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region.

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