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.


Australian Sports Commission supports provincial games

31 March 2006, 11:49 AEST

Australia's peak sports administration body is behind a plan to fund a series of provincial games throughout Solomon Islands.

World Bank positive on PNG and Pacific economies

31 March 2006, 11:49 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government has won praise from the World Bank for its handling of windfall gains from recent high oil and commodity prices.

leaders warned to operate within national mining laws

31 March 2006, 11:49 AEST

Papua New Guinea's mining minister has warned Bougainville leaders to work within national guidelines or risk compromising efforts to lift the mining moratorium on the island.

The countdown to election day continues

30 March 2006, 15:04 AEST

In Samoa, candidates running in this week's general election are out on the hustings scoring as many last-minute-points as possible, ahead of the country's general election on March 31.

EU bid to strengthen political dialogue with the region

30 March 2006, 13:40 AEST

Europe's former Commissioner for Development made a memorable trip around the South Pacific a few years ago telling the Island states that small was not beautiful - small was ridiculous.

Governor opts for across-the-board public service cuts

30 March 2006, 12:31 AEST

In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a public outcry over the government's controversial public service cost-cutting proposal has forced Governor Benigno Fitial to dump its plans for shorter working hours.

Academic says further military demonstrations unlikely

30 March 2006, 12:31 AEST

A prominent Fiji academic has described a march by fully armed soldiers through the capital Suva this week as the military showing its muscle.

Paris's eradication promise fails to impress

30 March 2006, 12:31 AEST

Even before he arrives on a whistle-stop tour of French Polynesia, France's Minister for Overseas Territories Francois Baroin has managed to insult the government in Papeete.

'Witchcraft' murder spress sparks growing concern

30 March 2006, 12:31 AEST

Church and law enforcement agencies in Papua New Guinea are raising concerns about the increasing number of killings carried out against people accused of practicing witchcraft or black magic.

PM asked to explain relationship with banned businessman

30 March 2006, 12:31 AEST

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, has been called on to explain his relationship with an Australian businessman who is banned from the country.

Outreach prevention program helps curb suicide rate

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

There has been some good news this week from Marshall Islands, where it appears a campaign to control high rates of suicide is working.

Growing concern over 'witchcraft' murders

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

Church and law enforcement agencies in Papua New Guinea are raising concerns about the increasing number of killings carried out against people accused of practicing witchcraft or black magic.

Group campaigns for clean elections

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

Thousands of people in Solomon Islands have signed election campaign pledges that their votes won't be for sale in next week's election.

UK diplomatic presence comes to an end

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

An era comes to an end in Tonga on April 1, with the United Kingdom withdrawing its resident High Commissioner and transferring diplomatic representation to it's office in Fiji.

PM tipped for re-election in Friday's poll

29 March 2006, 16:03 AEST

With Samoa's March 31 general election just days away, accusations and counter-accusations are flying thick and fast.

Papuan students seek asylum after Freeport riots

28 March 2006, 14:43 AEST

As tensions continue following student riots in the Indonesian Province of Papua, local leaders are pleading with the Indonesian government to work with them to address the ongoing political impasse.

Public sector streamlined

28 March 2006, 14:43 AEST

The streamlining of Tonga's public service, which has just been announced, will probably be followed by increased privatisation.

Military commander insists march was a 'routine exercise'

28 March 2006, 14:43 AEST

Fiji is in anxiety mode this week after its military commander led his troops - all armed to the teeth - through the streets of the capital's suburbs yesterday.

Experts see huge benefits from short-term labour in Australia

28 March 2006, 11:24 AEST

A short-term labour scheme in Australia and New Zealand could become one of the Pacific Islands' biggest earning industries, according to experts at the Centre for Global Trade Analysis at Purdue University, in Indiana.

Thousands of die-hard sports fans welcome team home

27 March 2006, 16:21 AEST

Thousands of sports-mad Papua New Guineans have flocked to Jackson's international airport in the capital, Port Moresby, to welcome home their heroes from the Commonwealth Games.

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