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.


National Court prevents the release of Moti inquiry details

2 April 2007, 11:10 AEST

Papua New Guinea's National Court has stopped the PNG Defence Minister from releasing details about an investigation into the escape of wanted Australian lawyer Julian Moti from PNG.

Transparency International highlights corruption

30 March 2007, 15:47 AEST

The Transparency International Pacific Regional Conference in Honiara this week has highlighted the progress and challenges in the fight against corruption.

Constitution change ahead

30 March 2007, 15:47 AEST

Later this year the Pacific nation of Nauru will decide what changes it will make to its constitution to help end years of mismangement by its government.

Roadblocks come down on Saturday

30 March 2007, 15:47 AEST

Fiji's military will withdraw its presence on the streets from Saturday.

Attempt to gather Melanesian opposition to coup

30 March 2007, 15:47 AEST

The leader of a Fijian Nationalist political party intends to travel to several Melanesian countries in an attempt to drum up regional opposition to the military coup.

Activists fear new security treaty

30 March 2007, 11:26 AEST

A security treaty between Indonesia and Australia is causing concern among West Papuan groups, who fear it could threaten their political rights.

Agriculture College up and running

30 March 2007, 11:25 AEST

Vanuatu's new Agricultural College is finally up and running with its first intake of students, three years after it was finished.

Police Association condems beating

30 March 2007, 11:25 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Royal Police Force remains divided after the alleged beating of one of PNG's Chief Police prosecutors.

Solomons gets world's first fully solar powered ATM

29 March 2007, 16:15 AEST

The world's first fully solar powered automatic teller machine has been installed in Solomon Islands, with more likely across the region.

Dame Carol Kidu receives award nomination

29 March 2007, 16:15 AEST

Papua New Guinea politician, Dame Carol Kidu has received PNG's nomination for the prestigious US Secretary of State's award for International Women of Courage.

Chairman of GCC accused of abuse of authority

29 March 2007, 12:49 AEST

In Fiji, complaints against the Chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Ratu Ovini Bokini have been lodged by members of his own Tui Tavua chiefly household.

Cyclone Becky attracts coastal warning

28 March 2007, 15:52 AEST

To Vanuatu and Cyclone Becky which is around 70 nautical miles west of the southern coast of the group.

Transparency International meeting in Honiara

28 March 2007, 15:52 AEST

The six Transparency International chapters from the Pacific region are meeting in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara to discuss corruption.

Australia to help region with climate forecasts

28 March 2007, 15:52 AEST

Australia is sending its meteorologists to the Pacific to help 10 island states improve their long-range climate predictions.

Radisson to advertise 200 hotel jobs

28 March 2007, 15:52 AEST

Fiji's tourist industry has received some welcome news with the announcement that the international Radisson chain of hotels is about to start advertising 200 full-time jobs at its new resort at Denarau Island, near Nadi.

call to rebuild PNGDF

28 March 2007, 11:50 AEST

In Papua New Guinea there's a growing demand for the deployment of PNG Defence Force soldiers to provide security in the notorious Highlands during the upcoming general election.

More rain on the way

28 March 2007, 11:50 AEST

Fiji's Red Cross disaster management team reports that up to 75 families are receiving assistance following severe flooding at the weekend.

ADB says economic growth in 2007 will be modest

27 March 2007, 15:33 AEST

Pacific Island economies are forecast to grow modestly in 2007, according to the Asian Development Bank's flagship annual economic publication, the Asian Development Outlook.

No disaster warning system

27 March 2007, 15:33 AEST

Vanuatu authorities say the country needs faster access to critical information on potentially disastrous events such as tsunamis.

Pangu Party says it will boost defence force numbers

27 March 2007, 15:33 AEST

In Papua New Guinea there's a growing demand for the deployment of PNG Defence Force soldiers to provide security for the 2007 election in a few months time in the notorious PNG Highlands.

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