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

Australian treasurer talks up economic meeting

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Australia's Treasurer, Peter Costello, says the annual Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting is hugely important in promoting sound financial management in the Pacific Islands.

Prediction of more violent protests

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Birthday celebrations for the King of Tonga today could be marred by political protests.

Taiwan says 'no strings attached' to new financial aid

4 July 2006, 16:26 AEST

Taiwan has just announced it will provide US$4 million in grants to fund community projects in Palau.

No Labour representation in the Senate

3 July 2006, 15:19 AEST

Internal bickering within the Fiji Labour Party has begun to affect the working of government.

Minister warns of dangers of opening door to more Pacific workers

3 July 2006, 15:19 AEST

Pacific Island countries are keeping the heat on New Zealand and Australia to accept more unskilled workers for seasonal jobs like fruit-picking.

Tongan anti-monarchist attacks king's residence

3 July 2006, 11:53 AEST

Pro-democracy tensions are rising in the tiny Pacific island kingdom of Tonga ahead of this week's celebrations for their king's 88th birthday.

Labour MP denies attempt to replace Chaudhry

3 July 2006, 11:53 AEST

The internal turmoil within the Fiji Labour Party has been blamed on the leadership style of the leader, Mahendra Chaudhry.

Goldridge mine ceremony

3 July 2006, 11:53 AEST

In Solomon Islands on Friday a significant ceremony took place between the landowners and administrators of the troubled Goldridge mine.

ADB vice president outlines plans for more effective aid

3 July 2006, 11:53 AEST

Over the past decade, development across the Pacific has been a mixed picture.

Minister proposes Islamic laws to deal with criminals

3 July 2006, 11:53 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a senior government minister has proposed introducing strict Islamic-type laws to control serious crime in the country.

Power authority says rate cuts unlikely

30 June 2006, 15:02 AEST

American Samoa's Power Authority has labelled as short-sighted the Senate's demand for the company to reduce its electricity charges.

Goldridge mine ceremony ends in tragedy

30 June 2006, 15:02 AEST

In Solomon Islands a tragic road accident today has marred a significant ceremony between the landowners and administrators of the troubled Goldridge mine.

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.

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