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

New RAMSI head takes over

10 November 2006, 13:33 AEDT

The new Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, Australian diplomat Tim George officially took office today.

Army Commander snubs Chiefs

10 November 2006, 13:33 AEDT

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs is extending it's special meeting to discuss the political standoff between the government and the military until tomorrow.

New island reports not yet confirmed

10 November 2006, 13:33 AEDT

There have been reports that a new island has been sighted in Tongan waters.

Military commander snubs GCC meeting

10 November 2006, 13:33 AEDT

Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs has extended its special meeting to discuss the political standoff between the government and the military until Friday.

Medical school review intentions questioned

10 November 2006, 13:33 AEDT

The Cook Islands Prime Minister has called for another review of the South Pacific School of Medicine.

Tight contest in gubernatorial election

8 November 2006, 17:20 AEDT

In the US Pacific territory of Guam, the unofficial result in the gubernatorial election has Republican Governor Felix Camacho just ahead in a very tight race.

Elections running smoothly

8 November 2006, 17:20 AEDT

Mid-term elections are underway in the United States, and polls seem to suggest the Democratic Party could do well at the expense of President George W Bush's Republicans.

Military commander speaks

8 November 2006, 17:13 AEDT

Fiji's military commander spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time since arriving back from the Middle East.

Government bows to union pressure

8 November 2006, 17:08 AEDT

In New Caledonia, the government has bowed to union pressure and lifted import taxes on butter, sugar, fruits and other food products.

Future of Temaru Govt in doubt

8 November 2006, 17:08 AEDT

The future of Oscar Temaru's government in French Polynesia is again in doubt.

PNG fares poorly in corruption index

8 November 2006, 17:08 AEDT

Papua New Guinea has fared poorly in an international study of corruption.

PM seeks redemption over coup

8 November 2006, 11:31 AEDT

The former Solomon Islands Prime Minister who was ousted by a coup in 2000, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu is pursuing redemption in the High Court.

King's power company sold to NZ company

8 November 2006, 11:31 AEDT

Tonga's power company could be under New Zealand ownership by the end of November.

Calls to contain more weapons in Bougainville

7 November 2006, 16:23 AEDT

The Chief of police in Bougainville has called for another weapons disposal program amid concerns hundreds of dangerous weapons are still in the hands of the public.

Military commander snubs police

7 November 2006, 16:22 AEDT

In Fiji plans to hold a meeting between the Police and Military on Tuesday have been snubbed by the military commander.

Tourism not seriously affected by political tensions

7 November 2006, 16:22 AEDT

Fiji's tourist industry hasn't been seriously affected by the political instability in the nation yet, but there are concerns about what may happen if the standoff between the military and the government drags on.

Regional postal service planned

7 November 2006, 16:22 AEDT

Postal services in the Pacific are discussing the idea of a regional postal forum.

RAMSI plans to be more specific

7 November 2006, 16:22 AEDT

The regional intervention in Solomon Islands, RAMSI, is to respond to attacks from the Sogavare Government by being more precise and specific about its aims.

Voters in the mood for change

7 November 2006, 13:15 AEDT

Voters in American Samoa go to the polls this week to decide who will represent them in the US Congress and locally in the House of Representatives.

Government hands down budget

7 November 2006, 11:20 AEDT

The besieged government of Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase handed down its 2007 budget on Friday amidst the heightening of tensions between it and the island's military.

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