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.


Murder charged dismissed against Australian

7 November 2007, 17:18 AEDT

In Suva most attention is centred around the investigation and arrest of the men alleged to be involved in a plot to assassinate interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama and members of his government.

SDL party member cleared of plot involvement

7 November 2007, 17:12 AEDT

After an interrogation lasting 48 hours, Fiji's national director of the SDL party says he has been cleared of any involvement in the alleged assassination plot against the interim prime minister.

Former President launches new party

7 November 2007, 17:11 AEDT

In French Polynesia the former President of the Territorial Assembly, Gaston Tong Sang will run for President in the upcoming territorial elections in January.

Bail hearings for assassination accused adjourned

7 November 2007, 17:11 AEDT

In Fiji, the bail hearing for the 10 men allegedly involved in the assassination attempt on interim prime minister has been adjourned until tomorrow.

Melbourne Cup attracts wide interest in Fiji

6 November 2007, 15:50 AEDT

As many people in Australia and New Zealand would know, today is Melbourne Cup Day.

Controversy over asbestos dumping at sea

6 November 2007, 15:50 AEDT

There have been calls for Australia and New Zealand to take responsibility for asbestos laden building materials sold to Pacific nations last century.

Want diplomatic access in Fiji to citizen

6 November 2007, 15:50 AEDT

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters says his diplomats continue to be denied access to New Zealand citizen Ballu Khan who remains in custody in hospital in Fiji.

DPP threatened with arrest over refusal to prosecute

6 November 2007, 15:50 AEDT

The legal fallout from the allegations of a plot to kill Fiji government and military figures is continuing in Suva.

Interim PM reassures nation over assasination allegations

6 November 2007, 15:50 AEDT

Fiji's interim prime minister has finally spoken out about the alleged assassination plot against him and members of his interim government.

Crocodile hunter leads triathletes in Australia

6 November 2007, 11:23 AEDT

Solomon Islander Maxon Ala catches crocodiles for a living.

Claims that Kokoda landowners will get more from trekking than mi

6 November 2007, 11:23 AEDT

Landowners along the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea will benefit far more from the trekking industry than from mining, according to New South Wales politician, Charlie Lynn.

Govenment angry over Fiji breaking diplomatic rules

5 November 2007, 16:55 AEDT

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Government wants assurances from Fiji's military-backed regime that normal diplomatic conventions will be observed in the case of the New Zealand businessman being detained over an alleged plot to kill the interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

Qarase wants proof of assassination allegations

5 November 2007, 16:55 AEDT

Fiji's deposed prime minister Laisenia Qarase is keeping his fingers crossed that he will not be the next person taken into custody.

Latest on assasination plot allegations

5 November 2007, 16:55 AEDT

Fiji police have laid charges against three people over an alleged assassination plot aimed at the interim prime minister, the President, and senior cabinet and army figures.

Sedition trial for MPs delayed nine months

5 November 2007, 16:51 AEDT

The fate of five Tongan politicians charged with sedition will not be known for at least another nine months.

Australia criticised for not taking temporary Pacific workers

5 November 2007, 13:21 AEDT

A leading academic says the refusal of Australia to allow entry to temporary unskilled workers from the Pacific Islands shows it is not serious about regional economic integration.

NGO activist accuses government of spreading instability

5 November 2007, 11:37 AEDT

A prominent Fiji activist has angrily rejected accusations of NGO involvement on the alleged assasination plot against interim prime minister, Frank Bainimarama.

Wave of arrests in alleged assasination plot

5 November 2007, 11:37 AEDT

On Monday, Fiji's interim government is expected to release further information about its investigation into an alledged assasination plot againts Interim Prime Commodore Frank Bainimarama, President Ratu Josefa Illoilo and other members of the country's government and military.

Islam making inroads in Melanesia

5 November 2007, 11:37 AEDT

There is no doubt that Christianity has become and remains the Pacific region's most entrenched religion but in more recent years Islam has been making steady inroads into the area, especially Melanesia.

Former PM guilty of ordering attack on law firm

2 November 2007, 15:40 AEDT

Former Solomon Islands prime minister Sir Allan Kemakeza is looking at serving time behind bars.

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