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

Fallout from whaling meeting hits Pacific

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

Tuvalu says anti-whaling nations such as Australia and New Zealand should continue their policy of not demanding political support at international forums in exchange for foreign aid.

PM Qarase to discuss multi-party cabinet with opposition

26 June 2006, 15:57 AEST

Moves are underway in Fiji to lay out groundrules on how the country's unusual multi-party cabinet should work.

Multi-party policies unconstitutional

23 June 2006, 15:17 AEST

Fiji's controversial race-based affirmative action policies are being called into question again after the human rights commission this week declared them unconstitutional.

Treasurer says his sacking is payback for challenging PM Somare

23 June 2006, 15:17 AEST

Bart Philemon says his sacking is payback for challenging the prime minister for the party leadership.

Treasurer dumped as deputy party leader

23 June 2006, 12:06 AEST

The man widely regarded as Papua New Guinea's most successful economic manager, Treasurer Bart Philemon, has been sacked as deputy leader of the National Alliance party.

Government praised for refusing to bow to ASIO

23 June 2006, 12:06 AEST

As Australia contemplates the future of two refugees stuck on Nauru for almost five years, their legal representative has praised the island's government for refusing to bow to an Australian refugee assessment team.

UN's refugee agency offers praise for Papuan crisis

23 June 2006, 12:06 AEST

Tuesday 20 June marked World Refugee Day, an event created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001 to pay tribute to people forced from their homes and the countries.

Child advocate calls for action in Maori child abuse

23 June 2006, 12:06 AEST

A leading New Zealand child advocate says it's time to stop being politically correct and face up to the widespread problem of child abuse among Maori families.

Australia won't reconsider stance on seasonal workers

22 June 2006, 15:07 AEST

The Australian Government says it won't be changing its position on accepting guest workers from the Pacific.

Government affirmative action described as 'unconstitutional'

22 June 2006, 15:07 AEST

Fiji's Human Rights Commission has found Fiji's controversial race-based affirmative action policies are unconstitutional and it's now confident the government will move to overturn them.

Government celebrates anniversary of autonomy

22 June 2006, 12:04 AEST

Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville government has used its first anniversary celebrations to thank Australia for assisting to restore essential services on the island.

Governor-general apologises to Chinese community

22 June 2006, 12:04 AEST

Solomon Islands' Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena has officially apologised to the country's Chinese community, which was the target of recent violence in the capital, Honiara.

Protest by TV workers linked to sackings

22 June 2006, 12:04 AEST

Management of Papua New Guinea's sole Television station, EMTV, has confirmed that a sit-in protest by workers last week indirectly led to the termination of two employees.

Shoppers short-changed in sugar shortage shenanigans

22 June 2006, 12:04 AEST

Fiji, which is a major supplier of sugar to the world market, is now in the midst of a sugar shortage.

Mauritius's multi-ethnic government an example to emulate

22 June 2006, 12:04 AEST

The economies and politics of two island-countries, Fiji and Mauritius, have been compared by the editors of a new book - and the news isn't good for Fiji.

To link or not to link aid to whaling votes

22 June 2006, 12:04 AEST

New Zealand's opposition wants more of a connection between its foreign aid to Pacific nations and their stance on international issues such as whaling.

Trade ministers discuss tariffs and labour mobility

21 June 2006, 14:35 AEST

The reduction of commercial barriers is high on the agenda at this year's meeting of trade ministers, from Pacific Islands Forum member countries, underway in Fiji.

Schools face penalties over superannunation payments

21 June 2006, 12:24 AEST

The Guam Public School System may be facing criminal penalties for missing payments to the government's retirement fund.

Government loses patience over academic's criticism

21 June 2006, 12:24 AEST

Papua New Guinea has again expressed outrage over a recent attack on the country by an Australian academic, who said PNG was on the verge of collapse.

MPs' court bid to curtail royal power backfires

21 June 2006, 12:24 AEST

An attempt by a group of Tongan MPs to challenge the power of the King in court appears to have backfired, with the country's Chief Justice ruling against them.

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