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 asked to explain relationship with banned businessman

30 March 2006, 12:31 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, has been called on to explain his relationship with an Australian businessman who is banned from the country.

Outreach prevention program helps curb suicide rate

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

There has been some good news this week from Marshall Islands, where it appears a campaign to control high rates of suicide is working.

Growing concern over 'witchcraft' murders

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

Church and law enforcement agencies in Papua New Guinea are raising concerns about the increasing number of killings carried out against people accused of practicing witchcraft or black magic.

Group campaigns for clean elections

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

Thousands of people in Solomon Islands have signed election campaign pledges that their votes won't be for sale in next week's election.

UK diplomatic presence comes to an end

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

An era comes to an end in Tonga on April 1, with the United Kingdom withdrawing its resident High Commissioner and transferring diplomatic representation to it's office in Fiji.

PM tipped for re-election in Friday's poll

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

With Samoa's March 31 general election just days away, accusations and counter-accusations are flying thick and fast.

Papuan students seek asylum after Freeport riots

28 March 2006, 14:43 AEST

As tensions continue following student riots in the Indonesian Province of Papua, local leaders are pleading with the Indonesian government to work with them to address the ongoing political impasse.

Public sector streamlined

28 March 2006, 14:43 AEST

The streamlining of Tonga's public service, which has just been announced, will probably be followed by increased privatisation.

Military commander insists march was a 'routine exercise'

28 March 2006, 14:43 AEST

Fiji is in anxiety mode this week after its military commander led his troops - all armed to the teeth - through the streets of the capital's suburbs yesterday.

Experts see huge benefits from short-term labour in Australia

28 March 2006, 11:24 AEST

A short-term labour scheme in Australia and New Zealand could become one of the Pacific Islands' biggest earning industries, according to experts at the Centre for Global Trade Analysis at Purdue University, in Indiana.

Thousands of die-hard sports fans welcome team home

27 March 2006, 16:21 AEST

Thousands of sports-mad Papua New Guineans have flocked to Jackson's international airport in the capital, Port Moresby, to welcome home their heroes from the Commonwealth Games.

Paris unconcerned about independence talk

27 March 2006, 16:21 AEST

Just one year into his term as president of French Polynesia, Oscar Temaru is already being accused by analysts of sounding like a broken record.

Territory fears for sporting identity

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEST

As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close this weekend, there is concern among members of one of the smallest teams competing that these games could be their last.

Commonwealth Sec-Gen defends organisation's relevance

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEST

Some of the smaller Pacific Island states will be taking home few medals from this year's games.

Regional support for Papuan protection visas

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEST

Supporters of self-determination for the Indonesian province of Papua in Australia and the Pacific have welcomed the Australian government's decision to grant temporary protection visas to 42 Papuan asylum seekers.

Solomon Is, PNG authorities urge students to be patient

27 March 2006, 11:55 AEST

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands authorities have appealed to Solomon Islands students in PNG to be patient, after concerns were raised about their tuition fees.

Broadcaster defends sacking of talkback host

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEST

Fiji's state-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corporation is strongly denying claims by the opposition Labour Party that it sacked a popular talkback radio host due to government pressure.

Boxers fight for greater exposure

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEST

With just two more days of competition in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Pacific boxers have been taking some hard knocks, and their main fight has turned out to be getting more exposure.

Confronting racial discrimination

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEST

Fiji has marked the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

MP faces possible AIDS charges

24 March 2006, 17:21 AEST

As Papua New Guinea continues to battle an AIDS epidemic, a member of parliament could become the first person to face criminal charges under the country's HIV/AIDS laws.

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