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.


UN declaration of rights of indigenous people

17 September 2007, 16:11 AEST

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a declaration protecting the rights of the world's indigenous people.

Call for stricter controls on shark fishing

17 September 2007, 16:10 AEST

Pacific countries have been urged to implement stricter shark management practices following the release of a new report.

Pacific political power highlighted in Mayoral campaign

17 September 2007, 16:09 AEST

Upcoming local body elections in New Zealand are focusing attention on the role of Pacific island voters in at least two key races.

speculation Oil Search subject of $5billion bid

17 September 2007, 16:08 AEST

Stock market shares in Papua New Guinea's biggest oil field operator, Oil Search, have had their biggest gain in five years following speculation that China National Petroleum Corp is interested in bidding for the company.

new President to go to Paris

17 September 2007, 16:06 AEST

The newly elected President of French Polynesia, Oscar Temaru plans to fly to France this week to ask French President Nicolas Sarkozy to postpone the next presidential elections.

Lawyer says appeal court judges should have stayed

17 September 2007, 16:04 AEST

One of Fiji's leading lawyers has expressed disappoinment at the decision by five New Zealand and one Australian judge to quit the Appeals Court.

Internet crash prompts moves to privatise telecom

17 September 2007, 15:59 AEST

In the Marshall Islands, legislation has been introduced into parliament to break up the government monopoly on telecommunitcations.

Tonga beats Samoa at World Cup

17 September 2007, 15:58 AEST

Tonga has recorded an historic win over rivals Samoa at the Rugby Union World Cup in France.

NEW CALEDONIA:Trade with Australia growing

14 September 2007, 15:44 AEST

New Caledonia sees more potential for growth in trade between the French territory and the region.

Compensation case needs urgent resolution

14 September 2007, 15:43 AEST

In Fiji, a solicitor acting for a group of Labour Party MP's held hostage during the George Speight coup in 2000, has called for the urgent resolution of their case.

Downer welcomes PNG court ruling on Moti report

14 September 2007, 15:43 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has welcomed a Papua New Guinea court's rejection of a challenge to the military inquiry into the Julian Moti affair.

Sogavare called on to apologise to Somare.

14 September 2007, 15:43 AEST

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader Fred Fono says Prime Minister Sogavare should apologise to his Papua New Guinea counterpart over the whole Julian Moti Saga.

French Polynesia Assembly elects Oscar Temaru as President

14 September 2007, 15:43 AEST

The French Polynesia Assembly has elected pro-independent Tavini party leader Oscar Temaru as President.

Thousands to clean up rubbish

14 September 2007, 13:19 AEST

Thousands of people across the Pacific are set to take part in this weekend's Clean Up the World celebrations.

Region must be savvy to attract Chinese tourists

14 September 2007, 13:15 AEST

The head of the Pacific's China trade office says the region must be market-savvy about attracting the lucrative Chinese tourist.

Expert predicts fallout from Moti decision

14 September 2007, 13:12 AEST

An expert on PNG politics is predicting widespread fallout from the court ruling dismissing Prime Minster Somare's attempt to have the Defence Board of Inquiry report into the Moti affair quashed.

Call to restrict tuna fishing

14 September 2007, 13:11 AEST

Greenpeace is calling on Pacific countries to stand up to foreign countries fishing for tuna in their waters.

PNG:Oxfam calls for conditions on Tolukuma mine sale

14 September 2007, 13:11 AEST

Oxfam says the sale of Papua New Guinea's Tolukuma gold mine should include conditions that the new owner continues to work with landowners to minimize the negative impact of the mine on surrounding communities and the environment.

Giant African Snail presence worry.

13 September 2007, 16:01 AEST

Solomon Islands authorities fear the spread of the destructive Giant African Snail could seriously affect the country's food supplies.

Assembly votes for president Friday

13 September 2007, 16:01 AEST

In French Polynesia, three candidates will compete tomorrow for the Presidency.

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