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.


Leaders gather for Forum meeting

23 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

Leaders from the sixteen member nations of the Pacific Island Forum are gathering in Fiji for what's shaping up as one of the most acrimonious meetings in many years.

Calls for restructuring of RAMSI

23 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

Senior ministers from the Solomon Islands claim the 700-strong Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission isn't paying them enough respect, and they want it to be completely restructured.

Three defence officers suspended

23 October 2006, 11:48 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Defence Force Commander says three senior ranking officers have been suspended for allegedly flying suspended Solomon Islands Attorney general, Julian Moti, to the Solomon Islands from extradition to Australia to face alleged child sex charges.

PM John Howard attending Pacific Forum

23 October 2006, 11:48 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister John Howard flies into Fiji later today for what is expected to be one of the most lively Pacific Island Forum meetings in years.

Political changes proposed

23 October 2006, 11:48 AEST

Sweeping changes to Tonga's political structure have been proposed by the country's cabinet and King.

Our Airline revives regular air service

23 October 2006, 11:48 AEST

The Pacific's newest airline service Nauru's Our Airline has taken to the skies.

Police Commissioner's salary cancelled

20 October 2006, 17:11 AEST

The Solomon Islands government has terminated AusAid's Technical Assistance funding for the position of the Commissioner of Police.

Guest worker scheme ruled out

20 October 2006, 16:12 AEST

Well it's official, an Australian parliamentary committee has ruled out a guest worker scheme for Pacific Islanders.

Emergency food brought to starving

20 October 2006, 16:12 AEST

In Papua New Guinea a severe food shortage caused by bad weather conditions is affecting thousands of people and has resulted in at least four deaths in the country's Southern Highlands Province.

Forum S-G position may be opposed

20 October 2006, 16:12 AEST

In Fiji, the leaders of the 16 Pacific Island Forum nations have been assured that strict security measures are in place and that their safety is assured for next week's meeting.

Police raid PM's office

20 October 2006, 16:12 AEST

Solomon Islands police have just conducted a raid on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's office.

Cuban doctors being recruited

20 October 2006, 11:39 AEST

Papua New Guinea is hoping the recruitment of Cuban doctors will provide a ''short term solution and long term answer'' to its acute doctor shortage especially in rural areas.

Police seize thousands of marijuana plants

20 October 2006, 11:39 AEST

Solomon Islands police have arrested two people in connection with what they allege to be the main source of cannabis supply in Honiara.

US against Forum membership

19 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

American Samoa has put itself on a potential collision course with Washington over its application to be part of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Forum will not be over run by Moti related issues

19 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

Next week the 16 leaders of countries belonging to the Pacific Island Forum will meet in Nadi Fiji.

New head appointed to RAMSI

19 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

Despite the diplomatic row between Solomon Islands and Australia, Canberra has announced the appointment of a top diplomat to take over as head of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

Should the region build up agriculture sector?

19 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

Can Pacific countries abandon their push for guest worker schemes in Australia and New Zealand and instead focus on building up their own agricultural sector to boost employment? That's one of the ideas put foward at a conference underway at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

Former PM wants stand off to end

19 October 2006, 15:49 AEST

A former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Ezekiel Alebua wants the Prime Ministers of Australia and Solomon Islands to stop their confrontational attitude and have dialogue over their current standoff.

Poor prison conditions cited on bail applications

19 October 2006, 11:59 AEST

In Fiji, Suva prison has again come under scrutiny following bail requests from another 35 remand prisoners.

Government accused of being heavy handed

18 October 2006, 16:09 AEST

Australia's Labor Opposition has accused the Government of being heavy-handed, contemptuous and petulant in the row with Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands over the Julian Moti affair.

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