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.


Governor General calls on PM to recall Parliament

22 November 2007, 16:27 AEDT

Solomon Island Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena has called on Prime Minister Manessah Sogavare to set a date for parliament to meet before the end of the year, to resolve the current political crisis.

Ballu Khan launches legal action

22 November 2007, 16:27 AEDT

In Fiji lawyers for New Zealand businessman Ballu Khan have lodged a writ for the equivalent of $26 million US dollars against the military and police for the injuries he suffered when he was arrested at the beginning of the month.

Mixed reaction to proposal to abandon jury trials

21 November 2007, 16:30 AEDT

There's been a mixed reception in Tonga to the idea of the country abandoning jury trials.

Lawsuit in US puts illegal adoption in spotlight

21 November 2007, 16:30 AEDT

A lawsuit in the United States has put the spotlight on illegal adoption from the Marshall Islands again.

Tribunal hearing for Chief Justice

21 November 2007, 16:30 AEDT

In Fijii, a tribunal will begin hearing allegations of mishbehaviour against suspended Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki on Monday.

Death toll rises from PNG floods

21 November 2007, 16:30 AEDT

Officials say the death toll from floods in Papua New Guinea's Oro province has risen to 153.

CALEDONIA:Pro-independance partisans celebrate anniversary

21 November 2007, 16:30 AEDT

Last Sunday on the 18th of November, the main pro-independence party in New Caledonia, the FLNKS, organised several commemorative meetings.

Budget gets tick but implementation a worry

21 November 2007, 16:30 AEDT

Papua New Guinea Finance Minister Patrick Pruaitch yesterday handed down a record 8 billion kina or 2.

Cocoa beans exported to Singapore

20 November 2007, 16:25 AEDT

A Vanuatu farmers cooperative has successfully exported its first cocoa beans to Singapore.

Worst election ever

20 November 2007, 16:25 AEDT

Monday's national elections in Marshall islands have been described as one of the worst ever held.

Opposition ahead in numbers game

20 November 2007, 16:25 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, the fluid number crunching between the opposition and government camps has slowed today.

Budget for 2008 handed down

20 November 2007, 16:25 AEDT

Staying in P-N-G and Treasury and Finance Minister Patrick Pruaitch unveiled a budget today that was expected to be a record eight billion Kina or 2.

Flood victims stranded and facing starvation

20 November 2007, 16:25 AEDT

Disaster officials in Papua New Guinea are continuing to assess the damage from heavy flooding caused by cyclone Guba.

Sate of emergency in flood hit province

20 November 2007, 12:20 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's flood hit Oro province has been declared a State of Emergency after heavy flooding has claimed the lives of more than 70 people with up to 100 to 200 000 people left homeless and without food.

Urgent relief effort needed after floods

19 November 2007, 16:36 AEDT

More than 70 people have reportedly died in Papua New Guinea with another 13 thousand left homeless in P-N-G's Oro province after heavy flooding hit the province.

Opposition to Japan's whale kill mounts

19 November 2007, 16:36 AEDT

The World Wide Fund for Nature is concened about the impact Japan's annual whale kill will have on Tonga's fledgling whale watching industry.

Election suffers delays, poor organisation

19 November 2007, 16:36 AEDT

Today's national election in Marshall Islands has been marred by late opening of polling stations, confusion and a lack of organisation.

Tourist industry scrapes by a year after coup

19 November 2007, 16:36 AEDT

It's nearly 12 months since the latest military coup in Fiji.

QC working to evacuate Khan to NZ

19 November 2007, 16:36 AEDT

In Fiji, The Queens Counsel representing New Zealand businessman Ballu Khan says he is negotiating with police to have his client evactuated for medical treatment.

Press freedom ranking questioned

19 November 2007, 14:40 AEDT

An assessment that Tonga has slid dramatically backwards in terms of media freedom in just one year has been badly received by both the government and the country's main newspaper publisher.

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