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.


Australia criticises military regime for human rights abuses

7 February 2007, 17:14 AEDT

Australia has lashed out at Fiji's military regime, accusing it of extreme intimidation and human rights abuses.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community celebrates 60th

7 February 2007, 17:14 AEDT

This week the Pacific's oldest regional organisation the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is celebrating its 60th birthday.

Foreign Exchange at record high but danger ahead

7 February 2007, 17:14 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's foreign exchange reserves have hit an all-time high and employment is growing steadily.

Government denies political motives in MP charges

7 February 2007, 14:04 AEDT

The Tongan government has rejected claims that the arrest and prosecution of several MPs is politically motivated.

Two months since military takeover

7 February 2007, 12:35 AEDT

This week marks two months since Fiji's military leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrew the elected government.

2007 Budget and Political manouvering

7 February 2007, 12:35 AEDT

In Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Sogavare's grand coalition government has introduced its first budget since coming to power last April.

Police raid Foster's mothers house

6 February 2007, 17:05 AEDT

Australian international con man Peter Foster was remanded in custody on Tuesday morning by a magistrates court in the Queensland capital of Brisbane.

Travel bans scare off potential appointments to military regime

6 February 2007, 17:05 AEDT

In Fiji, a new anti-corruption commission established by the current military regime is having difficulty finding personnel to head-up the commission.

Local impacts on coral as important as climate change

6 February 2007, 17:05 AEDT

There's been a call for Pacific Island countries not to focus exclusively on global climate change issues when it comes to assessing the health of coral reefs.

Construction work could be stopped at mine

6 February 2007, 17:05 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's Labour Office Chief, David Tibu claims the developer of the Ramu Nickel Mine in P-N-G's Madang province is breaching labour laws and he's threatening to stop construction work at the mine.

Emperor Mines to sell all its Fiji assets

6 February 2007, 17:05 AEDT

Emperor Gold Mines will abandon Fiji after 70 years of operation in the country.

SPC turns 60

6 February 2007, 10:55 AEDT

The Pacific's oldest regional organisation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, is celebrating its 60th year.

Former police minister facing sedition charges

6 February 2007, 10:55 AEDT

Tonga's former police minister is now facing charges of sedition.

Public servants angry at possibility of pay cuts

5 February 2007, 16:40 AEDT

Fiji's public servants are upset at suggestions they could be facing pay cuts this year.

Over a thousand people evacuated after flash floods

5 February 2007, 16:40 AEDT

In Fiji on Sunday night, heavy rain and flash flooding have forced about a thousand people from their homes in Labasa on the island of Vanua Levu.

Up to 900 teachers to loose their jobs

5 February 2007, 16:40 AEDT

Up to 900 teachers will lose their jobs if Fiji's interim government goes ahead with plans to reduce the public service retirement age from 60 to 55 years.

Labour Ombudsman wants stronger immigration laws

5 February 2007, 11:33 AEDT

Immigration laws in the US territory of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas are under the spotlight once again, with the U.

$F600,000 for sacked mine workers

5 February 2007, 11:33 AEDT

In Fiji, there's some good news for communities affected by the closure of the Emperor Gold mine at Vatukoula, on Fiji's main Island.

Concern about possible power price hike

5 February 2007, 11:33 AEDT

The Tongan government's plan to buy the Shoreline Power company has sparked fears of possible power price rises.

EPG complete visit

2 February 2007, 16:48 AEDT

Members of the Pacific Islands Forum's Eminent Persons Group formed to look into Fiji following the coup last year have returned home after holding consultations in the island nation.

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