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

Typhoid outbreak baffles health experts

30 June 2006, 15:02 AEST

The Marshall Islands appears to be in the grip of a mysterious outbreak of typhoid.

Reports of Labour Party split denied

30 June 2006, 15:02 AEST

In Fiji MPs in the Labour Party are denying reports of a split.

Governor delivers ultimatum to airline

30 June 2006, 15:02 AEST

American Samoa's governor has issued an ultimatium to Hawaiian Air to reduce its air fares or get out.

'Once Were Warriors' author calls for action on abuse

29 June 2006, 15:39 AEST

The powerful 1994 New Zealand film "Once Were Warriors" focussed on the brutal cycle of violence and denial within a contemporary urbanized Maori family.

Retirement fund withdrawals may threaten future pensions

29 June 2006, 15:39 AEST

CNMI authorities there are becoming increasingly worried about the future of the state retirement fund.

Power crisis escalates.

29 June 2006, 15:39 AEST

The CNMI government hopes privatisation will be the answer to the crippling power crisis.

Chiefs wants rethink on new Bill

29 June 2006, 15:39 AEST

In Vanuatu, the National Council of Chiefs is unhappy at a new bill which seeks to clarify the Council's role within the constitution.

Horticulture industry wants seasonal Pacific labour

29 June 2006, 15:39 AEST

New Zealand's fruit and vegetable growers are hiring, and they want the government to open the doors to more workers from overseas, including the Pacific islands.

Plot to assassinate Bougainville president revealed

28 June 2006, 15:30 AEST

Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville government has uncovered a plot to kill the president Joseph Kabui.

Labour split downplayed

28 June 2006, 15:30 AEST

A rift within the Fiji Labour Party is starting to affect the conduct of national politics.

France soothes troubled waters

28 June 2006, 11:42 AEST

France has taken a step towards mending its troubled relations with the South Pacific.

Guns pose threat to 2007 national elections

28 June 2006, 11:42 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the problem of illegal guns is threatening social and political stability.

Some changes may not be caused by sea-level rise

28 June 2006, 11:42 AEST

As rising sea levels continue to threaten the low-lying islands of Tuvalu, a new report says global warming may not be to blame.

Australia offers 40m in new 'Pacific Solution'

27 June 2006, 15:00 AEST

Australia has announced that it will give aud40 million to Nauru, in return for the Pacific Island nation agreeing to accept asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat.

Former commander says armoury destruction threatens national security

27 June 2006, 15:00 AEST

In Papua New Guinea plans by the defence force to destroy thousands of weapons in its armory have been put on hold.

Dual citizenship to be introduced

27 June 2006, 11:11 AEST

Tongans living overseas may soon not have to lose their Tongan passports if they take out citizenship in another country.

New foreign investment law comes into effect

27 June 2006, 11:11 AEST

Solomon Islands has joined the race to attract foreign investment to boost its ailing economy.

Territories gain Forum status

27 June 2006, 11:11 AEST

The French Pacific territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia are to become associate members of the Pacific Islands Fourm, and the tiny French territory of Wallis and Futuna will be granted observer status.

Defence Force controversy over weapons destruction plan

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Defence Force, the PNGDF, is set to destroy thousands of weapons in its armory.

Former MP says whaling is cultural

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

A former Solomon Islands MP has congratulated Japan on its recent victory at the International Whaling Commission meeting.

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