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.


Cost of living an issue for new government

4 April 2006, 8:40 AEST

Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the 2006 Samoa general elections, political observers have turned their attention to directions the new government may take.

Maori enrolment campaign raises opposition ire

4 April 2006, 8:40 AEST

New Zealand's Opposition National Party has accused the Clark Government of state-sanctioned separatism over a a new electoral enrolment campaign aimed at Maori.

Final results of general election still pending

3 April 2006, 14:58 AEST

For Samoa's voters, it's all over for another five years.

Public attention focusses on first poll since RAMSI

3 April 2006, 12:10 AEST

Solomon Islanders will vote on Wednesday in the first national election since the Australian led intervention by the Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI, in mid 2003.

Ruling HRPP strengthens its position in poll

3 April 2006, 12:10 AEST

Provisional results from Samoa's general election are suggesting the ruling Human Rights Protection Party has been returned to power, with a massive 32 seats in parliament.

Giant geological surveys to provide information for mining ventur

3 April 2006, 12:10 AEST

Papua New Guinea has launched two huge new geological surveys which, it hopes, will provide the information to spark a whole new generation of mining and resource development.

Phantom ship involved in high-sea collision

3 April 2006, 12:10 AEST

In Kiribati, a story is making news which appears to be stranger than fiction.

King confirms appointment of Catholic commoner as PM

3 April 2006, 12:10 AEST

Tonga's acting prime minister is no longer acting.

Army won't rule out future military 'exercises' in Suva

31 March 2006, 14:27 AEST

Fiji's elections are set to go ahead from the 6th of May, after a legal challenge from the opposition Labour Party was thrown out.

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.

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