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.


Nation begins its mourning

11 September 2006, 16:18 AEST

As Tonga begins its mourning period, the country's Prime Minister, Dr Fred Sevele, says people will eventually start to think about the reign of the new King, the former Crown Prince, Tupouto'a.

Commissioner wants Security Council

11 September 2006, 11:12 AEST

Vanuatu's new Police Commissioner, Lieutenant Colonel Patu Lui strongly supports the idea of forming a National Security Council.

Pacific Islanders standard of living improving

11 September 2006, 11:12 AEST

New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development says the standard of living of the nation's Pacific Islanders is continuing to improve.

Attorney General's inquiry challenge rejected

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

The Solomon Islands High Court has thrown out a challenge by the Attorney General to quash two terms of reference of a Commission of Inquiry set up by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

PM assures investors of political stability

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

Fiji's Prime Minister is assuring potential overseas investors that the country's political instability is now a thing of the past.

Annual talks call for relaxation of travel requirements

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

The contentious issue of travel permits was at the top of the agenda at the recent annual talks between the leaders of the Samoa and American Samoan governments.

Business performance of Fiji and Samoa drops

8 September 2006, 15:27 AEST

The release of an annual international business survey is heralding bad news for the Pacific.

The Prime Minister visits Australia

7 September 2006, 15:58 AEST

Fiji's Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase is in Canberra on his first official visit to Australia since winning the general election in May.

Expatriate doctors urged to return home

7 September 2006, 15:58 AEST

Papua New Guinean doctors and other medical professionals now working overseas have been challenged to return home and contribute to health care in the country.

Taiwan-Pacific meeting described as very successful

7 September 2006, 15:58 AEST

The inaugural Taiwan-Pacific Summit held in Palau has ended with a signed declaration under which Taiwan and her six allies in the Pacific will work together on various areas of common interest.

Problems with electronic votes

7 September 2006, 10:58 AEST

The Guam Election Commission had major problems with electronic votes cast in at least one precinct during the primary elections in Guam last Saturday.

Calls for traditional justice in rape crimes to be stopped

6 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

Government's and community leaders in the Pacific have been urged to work together to stamp out the use of traditional and cultural practices to solve serious crimes like rape.

One year until 2007 Rugby World Cup

6 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

With one year to go until the start of the 2007 Rugby World cup, the next 12 months are significant for Pacific Island union.

Crackdown on illegal fire arms

6 September 2006, 15:48 AEST

Papua New Guinea security forces say they plan to raid targeted areas in P-N-G's Southern Highlands province for illegal firearms.

Court finds bribery and corruption rife in general elections

6 September 2006, 10:50 AEST

The fallout from Samoa's March general elections continues following Supreme Court rulings that acts of bribery and corruption did take place.

Former PM not challenging Fiji Chiefs' status

6 September 2006, 10:50 AEST

There have been calls for Fiji's former Prime Minister and coup leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, to step down from the Great Council of Chiefs.

Calls for stronger measures to control crime

5 September 2006, 16:10 AEST

Community leaders in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have raised concerns about increasing crimes in the state.

More community involvement required

5 September 2006, 16:10 AEST

The European Commission wants to see more community involvement and better governance in the Pacific.

Customary gift giving posing a challenge to politicians

5 September 2006, 16:10 AEST

In New Zealand politicians are wrestling with the curly issue of how to reconcile customary gift-giving with potential conflicts of interest.

Cheap Pacific bananas a no-no

5 September 2006, 13:37 AEST

The cost of bananas illustrates why Australia ought to do more to lower trade barriers with the Pacific, according to the Australia-Pacific Islands Business Council.

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