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.


PNG:Oxfam calls for conditions on Tolukuma mine sale

14 September 2007, 13:11 AEST

Oxfam says the sale of Papua New Guinea's Tolukuma gold mine should include conditions that the new owner continues to work with landowners to minimize the negative impact of the mine on surrounding communities and the environment.

Giant African Snail presence worry.

13 September 2007, 16:01 AEST

Solomon Islands authorities fear the spread of the destructive Giant African Snail could seriously affect the country's food supplies.

Assembly votes for president Friday

13 September 2007, 16:01 AEST

In French Polynesia, three candidates will compete tomorrow for the Presidency.

Aviation company trying to recover unpaid fees

13 September 2007, 16:01 AEST

The Australian aviation company trying to recover unpaid aircraft lease fees from Solomon Airlines, says it is talking to the Solomons government about finding a solution that will avoid court proceedings.

Defence lawyer says Moti report now public

13 September 2007, 16:01 AEST

The lawyer for the Defense Board of Inquiry, Copeland Raurala says the report into the escape of fugitive Australian lawyer Julian Moti can now be made public.

PM to appeal Moti inquiry ruling

13 September 2007, 16:01 AEST

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare's attempts to quash the findings of an inquiry into the escape of Australian lawyer Julian Moti, to the Solomon Island in a PNG military plane last year, is far from over.

Top lawyers dismiss Fiji Human Rights Comm report

13 September 2007, 16:01 AEST

Three of New Zealand's top lawyers believe the Fiji Human Rights Commission report into the legality of the December coup can't be taken seriously.

Transparency International welcomes Moti ruling

13 September 2007, 16:01 AEST

The Transparency International chapters in PNG and Solomon Islands have welcomed the court decision on the Moti inquiry.

PM Somare loses Moti report court case

12 September 2007, 17:01 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, Judge Bernard Sakora has dismissed prime minister Sir Michael's Somare's case against the defence board of inquiry.

MSG to discuss observer status for WPapua

12 September 2007, 15:59 AEST

The Melanesian Spearhead Group - or MSG - will discuss granting West Papua observer status at a meeting in the next few weeks in Port Vila.

PNG:Good reports on Marengo copper mine prospect

12 September 2007, 15:58 AEST

A new copper mine near Madang in Papua New Guinea is getting good reports from stock broking houses.

Enga province declared "fighting zone"

12 September 2007, 15:56 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Enga Province has been declared a "fighting zone".

Lt Governor released on bail

12 September 2007, 15:53 AEST

In American Samoa, the Lieutenant Governor and Territorial Senator have been charged with corruption and released on bail.

Court denies human rights intervention

12 September 2007, 15:53 AEST

Fiji's acting chief justice Anthony Gates has denied the ougoing Human Rights Director permission to act as an intevener in the case by ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase against the interim government.

Could cyber-attacks target Pacific governments?

12 September 2007, 15:52 AEST

An worldwide attempt to use the internet to get military secrets from Western nations has apparently also affected Australia and New Zealand and while neither Canberra nor Wellington will comment on the identity of the source of the cyber-assaults, sources are pointing at China.

European Union considering suspending aid

11 September 2007, 15:48 AEST

The European Union is considering suspending millions of dollars in aid to Fiji.

Human Rights Commission wants to be intervener in Qarase case

11 September 2007, 15:47 AEST

Fiji's outgoing Director of the Human Rights Commission, Doctor Shaishta Shameem, will hear tomorrow if the High Court will allow her to act as an intevener in the Qarase case against the interim government.

Australian invasion "highly unlikely" says analyst

11 September 2007, 15:47 AEST

Claims by Fiji's interim prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, that Australia planned to send military forces to Fiji have been questioned by a defence analyst in New Zealand.

Another step in strengthening relations with US

11 September 2007, 15:46 AEST

New Zealand appears to have taken another step towards strengthening relations with the US following top-level talks this week in Auckland.

Australia-Pacific Technical College Opens

11 September 2007, 15:44 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister John Howard is making good his promise to assist Pacific Islands countries in technical and vocational training.

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