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

Prime Minister says he's still in control

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

Meanwhile, Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says he's not under house arrest and that he is still the Prime Minister of Fiji.

Public broadcaster told not to broadcast anti-coup news

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has confirmed it has been told not to broadcast news which is favourable to deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

Commonwealth calls for military commander to resign

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Don McKinnon has condemned the military coup in Fiji as a clear attack on the democratically elected Government of Fiji.

Military commander assumes control

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

Fiji's military has announced it is now in control of the country.

Police chief says Bainimarama coup won't succeed

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

Meanwhile, Fiji's Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes says he believes Commodore Bainimarama doesn't have the support of the military's top brass.

Bloodless military coup creates constitutional uncertainty.

6 December 2006, 8:09 AEDT

Fiji's military takeover yesterday afternoon was bloodless, and is the island nation's fourth coup in 20 years.

Big public sector pay rises in national budget.

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

One of the main features of the Vanuatu national budget being debated by parliament is the provision for public service pay increases.

Athletics meet shifted due to political instability

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Organisers of an international athletics meet say it will be staged in Fiji despite the Pacific island nation's political instability.

EU poised to stop all aid

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Like Australia and New Zealand, the European Union is threatening to stop all financial aid to Fiji in the event of a coup.

NZ won't participate in military intevention

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Reaction to the events in Fiji has been strong.

Australia warns of coup consequences

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Australia has turned down a plea from Fiji's beleaguered Prime Minister for a military intervention to oppose Fiji's military coup.

Military make their move

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Fiji is now effectively in the grip of a coup, with the president approving the dissolution of parliament.

Former US President urges HIV/Aids tests

5 December 2006, 17:03 AEDT

Former United States President Bill Clinton has urged Papua New Guineans to get tested for HIV/Aids to know their status.

Standoff between military and government comes to head

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

In Fiji the standoff between the military and government came to a head on Monday.

Australia's Foreign Minister says military not in control

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer says there's a standoff between Fiji's military and the Qarase Government.

Constitutional lawyer says Fijians resigned to inevitable

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

What then is the reaction of Fijians to the action in the streets of Suva? Jon Apted is a Suva lawyer, who in 1997 was involved in drafting the country's constitution.

International athletics event will still proceed

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

Organisers of an international athletics meet say it will be staged in Fiji despite the Pacific island's political instability.

Military rain on police trainees parade

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

The final dress rehearsal for Tuesday's police trainees graduation ceremony in Fiji was watched on by heavily armed military.

Political impasse between PNG and Australia easing

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

The recent political impasse between Papua New Guinea and Australia over the Julian Moti affair appears to be easing with Australia's decision to allow PNG to hold it's annual Petroleum and Mining conference in Sydney.

Woman heads US Army Recruitment in Pacific

4 December 2006, 12:07 AEDT

A woman from American Samoa is now at the helm of the US Army Recruiting Station in the Pacific area.

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