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.


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.

Privatisation being considered

18 October 2006, 16:09 AEST

The option of privatising some government-run services is being examined in the Cook Islands.

Leaders to travel together

18 October 2006, 16:09 AEST

The leaders of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will be travelling together on an Air Niugini flight to the Pacific Islands Forum summit in Fiji.

Some countries not meeting UN goals

18 October 2006, 16:09 AEST

The Asian Development Bank has delivered a critical assessment of some Pacific countries in a new report on the progress of UN's millennium development goals.

Cancer the second biggest killer

18 October 2006, 11:59 AEST

Cancer has been identified as the number two killer in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

Concern about Pacific aid conditions

17 October 2006, 15:53 AEST

Australia's decision to attach conditions to its aid program in the Pacific has prompted criticism from several quarters, not least of all the Australian opposition.

Military commander tells government do it my way

17 October 2006, 15:53 AEST

Fiji's military commander has delivered an ultimatum to the government to drop what he calls unjust policies or he'll take over the running of the government.

Concern about relations with Australia

17 October 2006, 15:53 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Acting Prime Minister has warned the current political impasse between Australia and PNG over the Julian Moti affair could be detrimental to both countries.

New lawyer continues Moti controversy

17 October 2006, 15:53 AEST

Another twist to the Julian Moti saga has emerged, with the Solomons Government employing the services of another Australian lawyer, in its attempt to get illegal entry charges against Julian Moti dismissed.

Assessment team to assess earthquake damage

17 October 2006, 15:53 AEST

A US Federal Emergency Management Agency damage assessment team has been sent to Hawaii following the recent earthquake.

Aircraft fuel supplies contaminated

17 October 2006, 12:31 AEST

Aircraft fuel supplies to Solomon Islands have been contaminated.

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