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.


Opposition says offshore detention is immoral

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

And the Australian government's withdrawal of a proposed tough new immigration law probably means detention centres in the Pacific may be left empty, according to the opposition.

World Bank supports guest worker scheme

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

The World Bank has added its weight to calls for Australia to allow in unskilled workers from the Pacific Islands to pick fruit and do other seasonal work.

Migration bill will not affect Nauru's detention centre

14 August 2006, 15:30 AEST

If the migration amendment bill had passed through the senate, it probably would have had its greatest impact on Nauru's offshore processing centre.

Politicians face drug tests under new legislation

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

In Palau, a new law has been passed which would see all political leaders and law-enforcement officials undergo tests for the use of illegal drugs.

Rice processors reject opposition 'dependency' claims

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

How much rice should a Pacific country buy from overseas before it becomes too dependent on imports? That's an issue which is being discussed in Papua New Guinea, following claims by Opposition Leader Peter O'Neill that rice imports are worth one billion kina a year, around half a million Australian dollars.

Governments urged to improve services for the disabled

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

The region's peak representative body, the Pacific Islands Forum, wants to develop a more coordinated approach to address the needs of disabled people in the Pacific.

Police step up security for Queens Representative

14 August 2006, 11:17 AEST

The Cook Islands government is playing down an increase in security for the Queen's Representative.

Woman mourns brother killed in Iraq bomb attack

11 August 2006, 14:42 AEST

The sister of a Cook Islands man killed in Iraq says he went there to make money to provide for his family.

Governor wants Hawaiian Airlines expelled

11 August 2006, 11:28 AEST

The issue of whether Hawaiian Airlines should continue to service American Samoa is continuing to generate much debate in the US territory.

Luganville ethnic stand-off brought under control

11 August 2006, 11:28 AEST

The volatile situation in Vanuatu's northern Luganville Town, on Santo Island, is returning to normal after several days of ethnic tensions.

MSG set to sign up to first constitution

11 August 2006, 11:28 AEST

Melanesia's regional representative body, the Melanesian Spearhead Group, is set to gain its own constitution, 20 years after the grouping was established.

Concerns about marijuana use in farming communities

10 August 2006, 14:25 AEST

Fiji's Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has used Youth week to warn of the dangers of cultivating and using marijuana.

Decision on dry-dock deferred again

10 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

In Marshall Islands, the local Environmental Protection Agency has deferred its decision on whether to give the go-ahead to a US$ 18 million floating dry-dock.

Border police shoot dead Indonesian fisherman

10 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

An Indonesian fisherman has been killed and two injured after they were fired upon by PNG troops guarding the border between the two countries.

Legal challenge to Queen's representative to push ahead

10 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

The opposition in the Cook Islands is pressing ahead with its plan to take the country's Queen's Representative to court.

Third Aids-related death prompts calls for awareness campaign

10 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

Just a week after being diagnosed with Aids, Vanuatu's third victim of the illness has died.

Fuel supplier talks a bid to keep prices down

10 August 2006, 13:16 AEST

Authorities in the Federated states of Micronesia are in discussion with their main fuel supplier, Exxon Mobil, in an effort to cut the cost of providing petrol.

'Warrior gene' reseach sparks Maori anger

9 August 2006, 14:34 AEST

A New Zealand scientist has found himself at the centre of a row over the genetic make-up of the country's indigenous Maori.

Champion swimmer under the knife and spotlight

9 August 2006, 12:24 AEST

And while he may have won gold for Papua New Guinea at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in March this year, Ryan Pini's says his biggest challenge ever still lies ahead.

NGO releases report critical of logging industry

9 August 2006, 12:24 AEST

Environmental damage, human rights abuses, illegal permits and corruption: these are words which have plagued Papua New Guinea's logging industry since the first trees were commercially felled 30 years ago.

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