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.


International athletics event will still proceed

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

Organisers of an international athletics meet say it will be staged in Fiji despite the Pacific island's political instability.

Military rain on police trainees parade

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

The final dress rehearsal for Tuesday's police trainees graduation ceremony in Fiji was watched on by heavily armed military.

Political impasse between PNG and Australia easing

4 December 2006, 17:31 AEDT

The recent political impasse between Papua New Guinea and Australia over the Julian Moti affair appears to be easing with Australia's decision to allow PNG to hold it's annual Petroleum and Mining conference in Sydney.

Woman heads US Army Recruitment in Pacific

4 December 2006, 12:07 AEDT

A woman from American Samoa is now at the helm of the US Army Recruiting Station in the Pacific area.

Pacific Island Forum eager for diplomatic solution

4 December 2006, 12:07 AEDT

Despite the threat of a coup still hanging over the head of Fiji, at this stage the Pacific Island Forum is hoping a diplomatic solution can be found.

International Day of People with a Disability

4 December 2006, 12:07 AEDT

Sunday was International Day of People with a Disability.

Misuse of a multi-million dollar bank loan from Taiwan

4 December 2006, 12:07 AEDT

About 90 per cent of a 25 million US dollar loan to the Solomon Islands government from a Taiwanese bank has been misused by local recipients.

Military extends deadline for government

1 December 2006, 17:17 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says Fiji's military has extended its deadline to midday Monday for the government to meet its demands or face a military coup.

Commissioner's family threatened

1 December 2006, 17:12 AEDT

Fiji's Police Commissioner, Australian Andrew Hughes has confirmed today that it was death threats made against his family that forced him to flee Fiji.

Multi-party cabinet impasse may be over

1 December 2006, 17:12 AEDT

The political stoush over the make-up of Fiji's multi-party cabinet may be over, with two Labour Party ministers expelled from their party.

Coup deadline passes

1 December 2006, 14:11 AEDT

The head of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, had set Midday [Friday], Fijian time, as the deadline for military intervention if the government doesn't agree to his demands.

PM agrees to suspend progress on controversial bills

1 December 2006, 13:58 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisena Qarase has announced several concessions in a move to alleviate growing threats of a coup in the country.

Military commander says concessions aren't enough

1 December 2006, 13:25 AEDT

Fiji's military commander has remained defiant, telling Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase that his concessions on offer aren't good enough and that the New Zealand talks were a failure.

Calls for a worldwide ban on commercial fishing

1 December 2006, 13:25 AEDT

One of the world's most radical environmental groups is calling for a worldwide ban on commercial fishing.

NZ & Australian troops withdraw

1 December 2006, 13:25 AEDT

The military component of an Australia-New Zealand security force plans to withdraw from Tonga this week.

Suva mayor wants to sue military

30 November 2006, 17:40 AEDT

The fallout from last night's military exercise in Fiji continues with the Mayor of the capital Suva threatening to sue the military for invading the city.

Search continues for blackhawk soldier

30 November 2006, 17:40 AEDT

The seven injured Australian army soldiers are now on their way home, along with the body of one of their colleagues, after yesterday's Black Hawk helicopter crash off Fiji.

Supports peaceful outcome for Fiji

30 November 2006, 17:40 AEDT

Australia has branded the Fiji military exercise in Suva last night as superfluous, because no outside power will intervene in Fiji.

Prime minister Qarase addresses the nation

30 November 2006, 17:40 AEDT

Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has addressed the nation.

NZ brokers talks between PM and Military Commander

30 November 2006, 13:11 AEDT

New Zealand brokered talks in Wellington yesterday between Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and its military Commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama to resolve the political impasse in their troubled country amid fears of a military coup.

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